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Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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.

Find a collection of vintage Osvaldo Borsani tables, dining chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Osvaldo Borsani
Rare Wooden Desk by Osvaldo Borsani for Arredamenti Borsani Varedo, Italy
By Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamenti Borsani
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1940s. It's made in wood and features brass handles. This desk has been certified by Archivio Borsani, expertise nr 62/2018. It might show slight traces of use since it's vintage, bu...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Mid-century Wooden Desk with Drawers by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno - Italy 1958
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century Wooden Desk with Drawers by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno - Italy 1958
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Osvaldo Borsani desk for Tecno 1950s-60s
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Desk with chest of drawers and swivel typing top; top with insert in leather and rosewood veneer, supporting structure in enamelled metal.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Osvaldo Borsani Wooden Desk with Drawers Italian Production, 1930
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Wooden desk with drawers and a cabinet. Structure in chromed tubular metal and shaped ground glass on top. Designed by Osvaldo Borsani, Italian manufacture, 1930 ca. Licterature: ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Executive Desk Model T333 by Eugenio Gerli and Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno
By Eugenio Gerli, Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Osvaldo Borsani and Eugenio Gerli T333 Executive Desk for Tecno with heavy cast aluminum frame, lacquered wood top and discreet privacy screen with slim drawer and inset black blotte...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Desk, circa 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic and rare, circa 1950s Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno desk with teak top.
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1950s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

20th Century Osvaldo Borsani Desk in Wood and Brass with Two Drawers Varedo '60s
By Atelier Borsani Varedo, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Turin, Turin
Desk designed by the italian Maestro Osvaldo Borsani in half sixties. The desk has a very modern line, the top is very thin and has two drawers that seems suspended, each drawer has ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Graphis Desk Osvaldo Borsani and Eugenio Gerli for Tecno, 1960s
By Eugenio Gerli, Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Tecno 60's corner desk with chest of drawers; in wood and lacquered metal.  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

Desk "T96 Boomerang" by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy 1956.
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Brussels , BE
Desk "T96 Boomerang" by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, Italy 1956.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood

Midcentury black Italian Osvaldo Borsani T96 Desk
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Nijlen, VAN
Osvaldo Borsani T96 Desk T96 desk by 1 of most famous designers and architects of Italy. Osvaldo Borsani, he designed this desk in the late 60s for the company Techno. This desk is a...
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1970s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Desk, Made of Walnut by Osvaldo Borsani, 1954
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Berlin, DE
Chique and minimal, rare desk designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1956 and manufactured by Tecno Italy. the plate and the drawers are made of walnut wood, its construction is made of bla...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal

20th Century Osvaldo Borsani Set of 10 Dining Chairs in Wood & Skai '50 for ABV
By Atelier Borsani Varedo, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Turin, Turin
Osvaldo Borsani in 1953, together with his brother Fulgenzio, realized his most complex project: a company idea named after the "techne" of the Greeks, which means both art and techn...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Faux Leather, Wood

Exectutive Desk by Osvado Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Almelo, NL
Executive desk by Osvado Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1950s This is an unlimited opportunity to own an original Osvaldo Borsani 1950's executive desk. It is made in a combination of wa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Steel

Osvaldo Borsani Desk
By Atelier Borsani Varedo, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in New York, NY
7-drawer desk by Osvaldo Borsani for ABV. Rosewood, maple, brass. Curved desk finished on both sides. A variant of an earlier model that originally covered in parchment and designed ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

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 Desks and Writing Tables

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Walnut

Executive Desk by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Milano, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful large executive desk designed by Osvaldo Borsani, manufactured by Tecno Milano in Italy, circa 1950. This eye-catching desk has a unique design with the integrated drawe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Metal, Chrome

20th Century Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno T9 Desk Wood with Chest of Drawers '60s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Turin, Turin
Osvaldo Borsani in 1953, together with his brother Fulgenzio, realized his most complex project: a company idea named after the "techne" of the Greeks, which means both art and techn...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

20th Century Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno T9 Desk Wood with Chest of Drawers '60s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Turin, Turin
Osvaldo Borsani in 1953, together with his brother Fulgenzio, realized his most complex project: a company idea named after the "techne" of the Greeks, which means both art and techn...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass

Osvaldo Borsani Rosewood Desk
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Fantastic rosewood desk by Osvaldo Borsani beautifully refinished in French polish. Floating desk top sits on tripod nickel bases with articulating left side storage cabinet which ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

Desk, Elm Wood, Osvaldo Borsani, 1953
By Tecno, Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Berlin, DE
Minimal and elegant desk with drawer. Solid wood construction, take top made of solid elm wood, legs with wooden screw thread. Exhibited at Trienale Milano 1954. Osvaldo Borsan...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Elm

Osvaldo Borsani Table with Black Leather Inlay
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, desk/writing table, aluminum, lacquered wood and leather, Italy, 1970s. Desk table with a black top. The base consists of a two metal frames. The base cre...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Exectutive Desk by Osvado Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1950s
By Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large executive table desk designed by Oslavdo Borsani for Tecno, Italy, 1950s. Double pedestal base is brushed aluminum and shows minor oxidation. Features two drawers underneath. M...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Aluminum

Osvaldo Borsani Wooden Desk Covered with Parchment Steel Handles 1940 Italy
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Milano, IT
Desk Wood Parchment. The plan has so esattamente shortcomings.
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1940s European Other Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Parchment Paper, Carbon Fiber

Osvaldo Borsani Dining Table
By Osvaldo Borsani, Arredamenti Borsani
Located in New York, NY
Rare dining/ writing table by Osvaldo Borsani. Model #5520, produced by Arredamenti Borsani Varedo. Solid walnut frame with soft-sculpted side edges. The top has inset solid rosewood...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Glass, Walnut

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...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Osvaldo Borsani Desks and Writing Tables

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Brass, Steel

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Osvaldo Borsani desks and writing tables for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers Osvaldo Borsani desks and writing tables for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Osvaldo Borsani desks and writing tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Osvaldo Borsani's original desks and writing tables were created in the mid-century modern style in Italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks and writing tables by Gianfranco Frattini, Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi. The prices for Osvaldo Borsani desks and writing tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,150 and tops out at US$75,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$8,342.

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