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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, 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 (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 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.

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Sculptural form brass day bed by Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamento Borsani, circa 1958
By Arnaldo Pomodoro, Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamenti 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 beds designed were produced in several different designs ,each in very limited numbers and all hand made by the Arredamento Borsani in Varedo, italy. This series of beds never went into serial industrial production , a fact confirmed to me by the Arredamento Borsani archives. Beginning in the late 1950s,Osvaldo Borsani went on to collaborate with many great artists such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Agenore Fabbri, Aligi Sassu and Arnaldo Pomodoro, amongst others entrusting each to provide decorative elements to his designs. The brass headboard features a series of heavy cast solid brass interlocking geometric elements each featuring a beautiful organic three dimensional surface finish creating a supremely elegant and timeless repetitive motif . The bed still retains all its original decorative brass nuts ,bolts and finials which feature the same three dimensional decorative finish as the decorative sculptural forms contained in the headboard. We have had a new bespoke mattress and bolster pillow made with a natural latex foam surface as they would have originally had which also has the benefit that latex breathes. The mattress has an opulent decorative buttoned finish . Botht the mattress and pillow have been finished in 100% wool 'PLOEGWOOL' fabric by the high quality Dutch fabric manufacturer DE PLOEG. MATTRESS DIMENSIONS : Width 100cm x length 200cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 6ft 6.74inch BOLSTER PILLOW DIMENSIONS: Width 100cm diameter 24cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 9.45inch The mattress is supported on a 20mm ( 0.75 inch ) thick plywood board ,with breathing holes, which spans across the transverse brass plated steel frame elements. When used as a day bed SEATING...
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Osvaldo Borsani minimal console with three drawers in wood, Italy 1940s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milan, IT
Osvaldo Borsani minimal console in wood, Italy 1940s
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Osvaldo Borsani minimal pair of bedside tables in wood, Italy 1940s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milan, IT
Osvaldo Borsani minimal pair of bedside tables in wood, Italy 1940s
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ABV Borsani Large storage cabinet / bar / bookcase with painted central door
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
COD-Z232 ABV Borsani Large storage cabinet / bar / bookcase with central door painted on parchment by the artist Eugenio Rossi with scenes from the commedia dell'arte. Two doors in ...
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Osvaldo Borsani T96 Rosewood & Steel Boomerang Writing Desk by Tecno, Italy 50's
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, MI
Scrivania direzionale realizzata per gli uffici ENI nel 1956 da Osvaldo Borsani per Tecno. Struttura in alluminio e acciaio inossidabile con 2 cassettiere e piano in legno. La scriv...
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Osvaldo Borsani - D70 Sofa & Daybed 1954 by Tecno, Italy - Reupholstered
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Munster, NRW
Osvaldo Borsani - D70 Sofa & Daybed 1954 by Tecno, Italy The fully reversible cult sofa with movable wings.. This sofa / Daybed is a unique object distinguished by the special mecha...
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Osvaldo Borsani & Arnaldo Pomodoro Brass Bed, Italy, 1970s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Arnaldo Pomodoro
Located in Brussels, BE
Osvaldo Borsani & Arnaldo Pomodoro brass bed, Italy, 1970s.
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Osvaldo Borsani Blond Walnut Center Table, Coffee Table, Italy 1940s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Roma, IT
Marvellous round coffee table in a fantastic old walnut. This fantastic piece was design by Osvaldo Borsani in the 1940s in Italy. The coffee table, fully made in a gorgeous walnut,...
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Osvaldo Borsani furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Osvaldo Borsani furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Osvaldo Borsani were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Ico Parisi, Gianfranco Frattini, and B&B Italia. Prices for Osvaldo Borsani furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $330 and can go as high as $397,156, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,205.

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