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Pair of Osvaldo Borsani Green P32 Chairs for Tecno, Italy, 1950s

$18,000per set

About

The P32 is one of Osvaldo Borsani founding pieces in his line of groundbreaking designs for Tecno along the D70 & P40. The frame is of tubular design and very lightweight for ease of usage, it rotates left to right with a return mechanism and tilts back on a spring. All the hardware is made of brass. The idea was for a chair for everyday use. To this effect, the upholstery is removable with zippers and washable. This pair retains the original jersey used by Tecno and its care label which we've never seen before. All these elements combined make this pair highly collectible for the discerning enthusiast.

Details

  • Creator
    Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.86 in. (86.01 cm)Width: 26.57 in. (67.49 cm)Depth: 36.68 in. (93.17 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. New foam, original fabric.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: PB/2021/581stDibs: LU2439322682742

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    Ships From: Newburgh, NY
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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, 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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