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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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Borsani Adjustable Height Rosewood Table by Tecno T41, Dining or Coffee Table
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in London, GB
Adjustable height table by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, 1957. Made of a beautiful French polished rosewood top and a black lacquered metal base with brass details The adjustment mechan...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Osvaldo Borsani

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Wood

Osvaldo Borsani Etagere Walnut Veneer Wood, 1930, Italy
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Osvaldo Borsani étagère walnut veneer wood, 1930, Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Osvaldo Borsani

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Wood

Vintage Sofa by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Original Label, 1960s
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful three seats sofa by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno of the 60s. The structure of Osvaldo Borsani sofa was made of iron and wood, the feet are made of tubular iron and have a sim...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Iron

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

Mid-century Modern Italian Coat Rack "AT 16" by Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Barcelona, ES
Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) Coat rack model “AT 16” Manufactured by Tecno Varedo (Italy), 1954 matte chromium-plated tubular metal, fabric-covered metal, walnut, painted tubula...
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1950s European Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Metal

Lounge Chair and Pouff "Canada" by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Roma, IT
Lounge Chair and Pouff "Canada" is an original contemporary Artwork realized in the the 1950s by Osvaldo Borsani (Varedo, 1911- Milan, 1985). White fabric and metal. Made in It...
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1950s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Metal

Pair of 1942 Art Deco Side Chairs, in Beech Wood by Osvaldo Borsani All Original
By Atelier Borsani Varedo, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Pair of 1942 Art Deco side chairs, in beech wood by Osvaldo Borsani, with spring seat and original leatherette upholstery in good condition.
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1940s European Art Deco Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Leather, Beech

Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Italian Vintage Armchairs Modern Italy 1950s A Pair
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration, a sculptural pair of Italian vintage armchairs with Original mohair type velvet upholstery. Black metal base with solid brass feet which can be leveled, de...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Metal, Brass

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