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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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P40 Chair
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P31 Chair
P31 Chair
P32 Chair
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Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, wall-mounted wall unit, metal, white laminated wood, Italy, 1950s  This wall-mounted shelf is three compartments large. This shelving system was develop...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Metal

  • Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
  • Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
  • Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
  • Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno White Wall Unit
H 103.15 in. W 84.26 in. D 15.16 in.
Handles N 12 Pair, Osvaldo Borsani Brass Iron 1950 Italy
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Handles Borsani.
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1950s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani 'AT15', Revolving Coat Rack, for Tecno, 1961 Completely Original
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare, supremely elegant and innovative 'AT15' revolving panel coatrack designed in 1961 by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy. A sophisticated and refined fixture, perfect for a luxuri...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Steel, Nickel, Brass

Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass
By Atelier Borsani Varedo, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Arredamenti Borsani Varedo (ABV), floor lamp, brass, metal, fabric, wood, Italy, ca. 1955 Rare floor lamp designed by Osvaldo Borsani for his own company Arred...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

  • Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass
  • Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass
  • Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass
  • Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass
H 70.87 in. W 17.72 in. D 17.72 in.
Arnaldo Pomodoro Bronze Sculpture for Borsani,Fixed on a Table Lamp,1985-2021
By Osvaldo Borsani, Arnaldo Pomodoro
Located in Rome, IT
Arnaldo Pomodoro bronze sculpture "medaglia" for Tecno, bronze signed on verso "A Pomodoro" and inscribed " Osvaldo Borsani 1985 Atelier Stefano Johnson, Milan fixed on a tabl...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Bronze

Rare Pair Italian Side Table T1 by Osvaldo Borsani in Brass and Glass, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare pair Italian side table T1 by Osvaldo Borsani in brass and glass, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Telescopic Wall Lamp for ABV, Italy, 1930s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamenti 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

Black Aluminum & Glass Top 1960s "T69" Round Table by Osvaldo Borsani & E. Gerli
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani, Eugenio Gerli
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Round table composed by 3 simple elements: one thick tempered glass top set in place on 2 black and silver cast aluminum legs. Perfect vintage condition!
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Aluminum

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Osvaldo Borsani furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Osvaldo Borsani are 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. We stock 335 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Osvaldo Borsani were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Paolo Buffa, Ico Parisi and Angelo Mangiarotti. The prices for furniture by Osvaldo Borsani can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$173 and tops out at US$155,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$7,989. 1stDibs

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