Skip to main content

Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Osvaldo Borsani (Italy, 1911–85)

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.


Iconic Designs from Osvaldo Borsani
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
P40 Chair
P40 Chair
D70 Sofa
D70 Sofa
P32 Chair
P32 Chair
P31 Chair
P31 Chair
Applied Filters5 results
Creator:Osvaldo Borsani
Dealer:Vintage Home Amsterdam
Clear All
Category
Furniture5
Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets2
Seating2
Tables1
Item type
5
Price
to
Shipping Options
Style
Period
Color
Material
Availability
Place of Origin
Creator
Display
Dry Bar Cabinet Dining Room Service Cupboard or Buffet by Osvaldo Borsani, 1948
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
One of the most beautifully made pieces of midcentury furniture that I know of. This is a pre-Tecno piece by the hand of Borsani in his then-called Atelier Arradamenti Varedo, when t...
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

P40 Lounge Chair by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Metal

Set of Eight Mahogany Osvaldo Borsani Dining Chairs
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful set of eight very elegant, newly upholstered unused mahogany dining chairs with copper details. The new foam and fabric is of superior quality, the upholstery has a subtle ...
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Wood

Sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Wood

Rare Osvaldo Borsani T90 Writing Desk for Tecno, It
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare version of the T90 writing desk, designed by Osvaldo Borsani Tecno, Italy. The T90 writing desk was presented at the 10th Triennial in 1954. The version with three drawers wa...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Brass, Steel

Related Items
High Cupboard Featuring the Medieval Twin Towers
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Glass, Rosewood

Sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Wood

Large Dining Table in the Style of Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Osvaldo Borsani Style Onyx Dining Table Suitable for Eight Chairs
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Wood

P40 Lounge Chair by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Metal

Mirrored Italian Coat and Hat Rack Attributed to Osvaldo Borsani
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Metal

Spectacular Fossati, Attilio & Arturo Complete Five Pieces Dining Room Suite
By Osvaldo Borsani, Fossati, Attilio & Arturo
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Copper, Onyx, Fabric, Glass, Mahogany

Wall-Mounted Cabinet in Teak by Poul Cadovius Danish, 1960s
By Poul Cadovius
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Teak

Set of Four or Six Sculptural Dining Room Chairs by Rainer Daumiller
By Rainer Daumiller
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Wood, Pine

Wall Cabinet of Rosewood Designed by Takashi Okamura and Erik Marquardsen, 1960s
By O. Bank Larsen Møbelfabrik 1, Takashi Okamura and Erik Marquardsen
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Rosewood

Ilmari Tapiovaara Dining Room Table with Bench
By Ilmari Tapiovaara
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Pine

Paul Michel Burl Wood Multi-Functional Coffee Table and Dry Bar
By Paul Michel
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Category

1970s French Hollywood Regency Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Furniture

Materials

Smoked Glass, Burl

More Osvaldo Borsani Furniture