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P40 Lounge Chair by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno with New Upholstery, 1954

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Beautiful P40 lounge chair by Osvaldo Borsani in very good condition. Designed in 1954 for Tecno The foam has been replaced and the chair has been reupholstered in a grey Divina fabric. Black metal base with brass handles and details. The rubber arms are in very good condition and the mechanisms operate perfectly. Following on the success of the D70 sofa at the 10th Triennale Exhibition of 1954, Borsani began work on the idea of a mechanical joint that could allow an armchair the freedom of movement necessary to assume different positions, especially for relaxation. The P40 was the ideological manifesto of Tecno design as seen by Borsani. Still today it is the most instantly recognisable and best appreciated item in the Tecno catalogue, thanks to its suitability for use in the home, of ces and the hospitality sector. With the P40, Borsani strove to find a technical way to extend the potential of the classic chaises longues designed by some of the Modernist Movement’s most famous architects. The P40 overcame the static nature of the fixed and bulky “comfortable chair” and offered an alternative of smaller dimensions, capable of opening in a fan-like manner through a series of settings from any position between full reclined and completely closed. Borsani’s P40 is a relaxing chair made from mobile elements. A metal pedestal supports the seat and backrest which are pivoted to permit all possible angles. A fold-away element under the seat can pivot outwards to provide extended leg support and incorporates a pull-out metal foot-rest. The arms are in steel and rubber.

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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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