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Important Pair of Osvaldo Borsani P71 Armchairs in Walnut, Tecno, Italy, 1954

$30,916.33per set

About

This important pair of armchairs was designed by Osvaldo Borsani and produced by Tecno in Como, Italy in 1954. The very rare P71 was one of the first designs produced by Tecno after the company was founded by Osvaldo Borsani and his brother Fulgenzio in 1953. The model was exhibited at the X Milan Triennale in 1954 and was later also included in the interior of the Villa Borsani, the designer's own home in Varedo. The striking design is marked by the sculptural legs and open arm rests in solid Italian walnut wood. The chairs have been newly upholstered in a pear green / yellow chenille fabric. Literature references Rivista dell' Arredamento 4, April 1955, front cover Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni '40 e '50, Bari, 1992, p. 115, fig. 28 Giuliana Gramigna and Fulvio Irace, Osvaldo Borsani, Rome, 1992, pp. 221, 235, 291.

Details

  • Creator
    Tecno (Manufacturer),Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Width: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Depth: 31.11 in. (79 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1954
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    The Hague, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1803323362572

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About the Designer

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, 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.

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