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Large Dining Table or Desk by Osvaldo Borsani, Tecno

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$7,451.95

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Large dining table or desk (T102A) designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1963/64. Produced by TECNO. Brass colored metal on single cast base with the inner sides finished in matt black enamel. Original thick wooden tabletop. Rare. Literature: - Repertorio del Design Italiano, 2 vols, page 110, illustrated. - Bosoni, Gianpiero. TECNO. A Discreetly Technical Elegance. Skira, 2011. pp 128-129, illustrated. Osvaldo Borsani (Varado 1911 – Milan 19985) Italian designer and architect. Best known for his research-based approach to making furniture, throughout his career Borsani merged technological and material improvements with inventive Modernist stylings. In 1953, Osvaldo and his brother, Fulgencio, founded the firm TECNO in Milan. There, he created one of his hallmark designs, the P40 lounge chair, featuring rubber arms and the ability to assume 486 distinct postures. Some early designs by TECNO can now be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Details

  • Creator
    Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Width: 98.43 in. (250 cm)Depth: 43.31 in. (110 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Metal,Wood
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Date of Manufacture
    1963
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Very good vintage condition, tabletop with some stronger patina.
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4616222483862

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    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
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About Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)

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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