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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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Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Dining Table in Marble and Steel
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, dining table 'T 102', Carrara marble, chrome-plated steel, Italy, 1964 This elegant white marble top shows amazing veins in shades of grey. The top is pos...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Marble, Metal

Osvaldo Borsani Elegant Coffee Table in Wood Walnut
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Italian vintage round table from the 1950s, attributed to Osvaldo Borsani. The Italian Vintage Round Table is foldable in its side parts. In fact we find under the table top two lock...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Wood

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 Executive Desk for Tecno, Italy, 1954
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Ghent, BE
This walnut desk with brushed bases has three drawers and has the techno label The top is in a beautiful fully restored condition.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Walnut

Osvaldo Borsani Brass Double Bed, Italy, 1960s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Brussels, BE
Osvaldo Borsani brass double bed, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass

  • Osvaldo Borsani Brass Double Bed, Italy, 1960s
  • Osvaldo Borsani Brass Double Bed, Italy, 1960s
  • Osvaldo Borsani Brass Double Bed, Italy, 1960s
  • Osvaldo Borsani Brass Double Bed, Italy, 1960s
H 47.25 in. W 68.9 in. D 80.32 in.
Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Wardrobe in Cherry
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Arredamenti Borsani-Varedo, wardrobe, cherry, Italy, circa 1955. An unique wardrobe designed by the Italian designer Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Arredamenti B...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Cherry

  • Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Wardrobe in Cherry
  • Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Wardrobe in Cherry
  • Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Wardrobe in Cherry
  • Osvaldo Borsani for ABV Wardrobe in Cherry
H 55.32 in. W 86.03 in. D 17.33 in.
Rare Cabinet by Osvaldo Borsani & Lucio Fontana for Abv
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
Walnut, maple, bronze, back-painted glass. Produced by Arredamenti Borsani Varedo. Pale walnut with incised door-fronts & inset brown-glass top. Interior of pale maple with adjustabl...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani

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Bronze

Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, sofa 'D70', in steel, brass, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1954 Osvaldo Borsanis sofa 'D70' was presented at the Triennale of Milan in 1954 where it won the...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani

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Brass, Steel

  • Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
  • Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
  • Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
  • Osvaldo Borsani Customazible 'D70' Sofa for Tecno
H 32.68 in. W 76.78 in. D 39.38 in.
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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