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Osvaldo Borsani L77

Italian Osvaldo Borsani L77 Daybed for Tecno - Rare Slim Version
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Italian Osvaldo Borsani L77 Daybed for Tecno - Rare Slim Version This exemplary rendition of the
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Steel

Osvaldo Borsani Adjustable ‘L77’ Daybed for Tecno, Italy, 1950s
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Rotterdam, ZH
Osvaldo Borsani adjustable 'L77' daybed for Tecno, Italy 1956s. Outstanding design and technique
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Metal

Osvaldo Borsani, Adjustable Daybed, Metal, Leather, Fabric, Tecno, Italy, 1956
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in High Point, NC
An adjustable "L77" daybed / chaise lounge. Designed by Osvaldo Borsani for his own firm, Tecno, in
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Daybeds

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Metal

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Daybed L77 by Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno Milano, 1956
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, is the "mechanical aesthetic manifesto of Osvaldo Borsani".
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Osvaldo Borsani's L-77 chaise lounge. Two levers adjust the seat and backrest and rotating collars
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Osvaldo Borsani L-77 Chaise Lounge
Osvaldo Borsani L-77 Chaise Lounge
H 19 in W 77 in D 29 in
Osvaldo Borsani L77 Chaise lounge by Tecno
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Italy: Osvaldo Borsani L77 chaise lounge by Tecno, 1953
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Osvaldo Borsani for sale on 1stDibs

With his stylish and technically innovative furniture, Osvaldo Borsani helped change the face of Italian design in the 1950s and ’60s. His sofas and chairs, featuring deeply upholstered seating and adjustable position settings, have an aura of optimism and efficiency that still seems fresh and lively today.

Born in the commune of Varedo in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, Borsani studied at the Brera Academy in Milan — the same school attended by such luminaries as designer Piero Fornasetti and artist Lucio Fontana — as well as the Polytechnic University of Milan. Borsani first worked for his father’s furniture-making firm, Arredamenti Borsani, an atelier influenced by the more expressive and curvaceous wing of Art Deco design.

By 1953, when, along with his twin brother, Fulgenzio — the pair also created this visionary mid-century villa — Borsani opened the furniture company Tecno, his design sensibilities had evolved toward furnishings with strong, simple forms enhanced by mechanical innovations, as with the P40 adjustable armchair. Borsani would be the firm’s lead designer for 30 years, while fostering work by Vico Magistretti, Carlo De Carli, Robin Day and others.

Similar to Gio Ponti in the earliest years of his career, Borsani first created designs marked by lush and buoyant lines: tables with voluptuous curved legs, sofas with undulating backrests.

But Borsani’s best-known and most novel pieces date from Tecno’s initial furniture lines: the adjustable D70 sofa, which folds open to make a daybed, and the P40 recliner. The latter — now included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum — is an articulated lounger with a back, seat and leg rest that can be moved into 486 different positions. Not only is it extremely comfortable, it is also enduringly chic.

Find a collection of vintage Osvaldo Borsani tables, dining chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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