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Sideboard by Osvaldo Borsani, Italy, 1950s



For all items from this dealer please hit the button VIEW ALL FROM SELLER below on this page Very large sideboard by Italian designer Osvaldo Borsani. The combination of different types of wood create a colorful piece, distinctive for the Borsani period of the late 1940s-early 1950s. The main frame is built out of lime wood and the sides and top are black lacquered, while the curved part of the main frame is ivory lacquered. At the front the four-door panels are veneered with rosewood and the cylindrical door handles and the decorative outline are made of solid beech. The interior of the sideboard is a combination of beech and lime wood. Both storage units can be locked, the original keys are there and working. For all items from this dealer please hit the button VIEW ALL FROM SELLER below on this page


  • Creator
    Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38.59 in. (98 cm)Width: 92.92 in. (236 cm)Depth: 20.87 in. (53 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU93009703833

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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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