Borsani - A very rare side chair designed by, presumably, Osvaldo Borsani. A totally new and modern design was the philosophy of Borsani, who started off in Milano with "Tecno", a company he and his brother started at the berginning of the fifties. The chair is made of walnut veneer and has a black patinated metal frame that makes a cross connection and binds the legs. It has brass feet, and brass joints in the seat. Similar chairs have been made by other designers, but none as refined as this one by Borsani.
About the Artist
Osvaldo Borsani (Varedo 1911- Milano 1985) was an Italian designer, who lived and worked in Milan. He brought modern Italian design to the world’s attention in the post-war period by promoting luxury furnishings influenced by technological innovation, utilising new modes of production, and integrating industrial materials such as steel and rubber. In 1953, he founded furniture manufacturer Tecno along with his brother, Fulgenzio, and introduced the now-iconic P40 reclining chair soon after. Using the same mechanical joint as the P40, the L77 Daybed (1955) is noted for its high degree of flexibility, allowing it to raise, lower, extend, and adjust into hundreds of positions. At the 10th Milan Triennial Exhibition, Borsani launched Tecno’s first collection and demonstrated the holistic approach in which the ‘designer, maker, art director, and distributor merge harmoniously into one, as he once said. Exhibitions (a selection): Dimoregallery at MIART 2017, Milan; Galleria Rossella Colombari at Design Miami/Basel, 2016; Nicholas Kilner at Collective Design 2016, New York; Susan Weber Collection at Collective Design 2015, New York.