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Custom Order Osvaldo Borsani Bed with a Series of 9 Enameled Sculptures, 1958-60

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Beautiful and important brass bed by Osvaldo Borsani, comes with a certificate of authencity from the Osvaldo Borsani archive. Stunning all original example, nothing has been restored or modified. This particular series of beds were only fabricated in very small numbers during the period 1956-60 as bespoke custom orders for important clients , the beds were hand made by the Arredamenti Borsani in Varedo, Italy and feature a sculptural form solid brass headboard into which are inserted a series of nine, fire enameled (green), brass sculptural plaques each featuring a unique, beautiful engraved organic motif, reminiscent of early magical rune stones or cuneiform markings, creating a supremely elegant and timeless motif, a sophisticated synthesis of poetic expression and functional design. The bed is completely original and retains all of it's original components, side and foot rails with original upholstery, brass legs and all the original brass nuts and bolts which feature unusual sculptural form heads which feature the same three dimensional decorative finish as the decorative sculptural forms on the headboard. This example even still has its original pair of steel frame sprung mattress supports.  This small series of hand made Borsani beds featuring the rare and highly desirable colored , fire enameled ,sculptures rarely appear on the open market and when they do they command high prices , one example sold at Philips auction house in London in September 2011 for £32,450 British pounds and Wright auction house in Chicago sold another example in December 2012 for $53,750 USD / Please see images 15-17) Beginning in the late 1950s,Osvaldo Borsani collaborated with many great artists such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Agenore Fabbri, Aligi Sassu and Arnaldo Pomodoro, amongst others entrusting each to provide decorate elements to his designs to bring the worlds of art and design together. LITERATURE featuring this design : Roberto Aloi ;Arredamento Moderno, Modern Furnishing, Milan, 1964, p. 295 (see image number 19).

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Osvaldo Borsani

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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