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Pair of Side Tables by Osvaldo Borsani, Walnut, Brass, Italy, 1950

$11,262.32per set


A set of side tables, stands are made from solid walnut, lifted by a glass bottom, the top's center brass element is covered by a glass top. Designed by Osvaldo Borsani and manufactured by Arredamento Borsani Varedo, Milano. Dimensions: H 49cm, ø 44cm. Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was an renowned Italian architect and furniture designer. In 1953, Osvaldo and his twin brother Fulgenzio founded TECNO, which became known for its technology and its research-based approach to furniture design. The D70 sofa from 1954 is one of the company's iconic designs.


  • Creator
    Arredamento (Manufacturer),Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Diameter: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Brass ages naturally, see pictures, wear is consistent with age and use regarding the glass, and the wooden stands are in perfect condition, since they are framed by the glass from both sides.
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU983120515772

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    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
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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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