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Osvaldo Borsani

Italian, 1911-1985

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, 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 (1953). Borsani would be the firm’s lead designer for 30 years, while fostering work by Vico Magistretti, Carlo di Carli, Robin Day and others.

Similar to Giò 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.

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P40 Chair
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D70 Sofa
D70 Sofa
P32 Chair
P32 Chair
P31 Chair
P31 Chair
Beautiful T95 'Direzionale' Desk with Swivel Drawer Units, Osvaldo Borsani, 1956
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning 'T95' desk from the 'Direzionale' series designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1956 for Tecno, Milan, Italy. This beautiful and flexible form desk is finished in italian walnut and...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Aluminum

Sculptural form brass day bed by Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamento Borsani,circa 1958
By Arredamenti Borsani, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Beautiful and important sculpturakl form brass single bed or day bed circa 1958-1963 by Osvaldo Borsani for 'Arredamento Borsani', Varedo , Italy. The small series of Borsani b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

Beautiful Chaise Longue P40, Design Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1970
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Napoli, IT
Beautiful chaise lounge P40 in black cotton velvet designed by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1970. This long chair is very good condition and all the mechanics for the different...
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1970s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Steel

Osvaldo Borsani Telescopic Wall Lamp for ABV, Italy, 1930s
By Arredamenti Borsani, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milan, IT
Rare Osvaldo Borsani telescopic wall lamp for Arredamenti Borsani Varedo ABV.
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
Rare Pair of Side Chairs by Osvaldo Borsani. Model # 4346/ 4350, open-grain ash frames with dark leather strapping and large patinated metal tacs. A rare and early Borsani design. T...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Leather, Wood

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  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
  • Osvaldo Borsani Side Chairs
H 31 in. W 20 in. D 19 in.
Set of Two "P32" Lounge Chairs by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Milan, IT
Rare set of two "P32" lounge chairs by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno. Iconic representative of the 1950s Borsani production, the piece is a perfect combination of form and function. Me...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Metal

Osvaldo Borsani Large Mahogany Sideboard with Alabaster Grips, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Maastricht, NL
A large and elegant highboard, by Osvaldo Borsani, from the 1950s. It is made of mahogany with rare alabaster rounded grips. Other nice details are the polished maple on the inside, ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Alabaster

AT16 Coat Rack by Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Milan, IT
Part of "ABV Collection", this one-off coat rack, designed in 1961, recalls the solar system model and is a lovely homage to the grandeur of our universe - and our special place in i...
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2010s Italian Osvaldo Borsani

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Aluminum

  • AT16 Coat Rack by Osvaldo Borsani
  • AT16 Coat Rack by Osvaldo Borsani
  • AT16 Coat Rack by Osvaldo Borsani
  • AT16 Coat Rack by Osvaldo Borsani
H 106.3 in. W 27.17 in. D 27.17 in.
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Osvaldo Borsani Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Osvaldo Borsani furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 336 vintage editions of these items, while there are 22 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Osvaldo Borsani were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Ico Parisi, Afra & Tobia Scarpa and Angelo Mangiarotti. Prices for Osvaldo Borsani furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $591 and tops at $82,711, while pieces like these can sell for on average $8,000.