Luxury Design, Past & Present
Sofa, model D70 designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1953.
Produced by Tecno (Italy)
Steel frame with a dark gray lacquer, fabric upholstered back and seat, all in excellent original condition.
Numerous position combinations of the back and seat are possible to create various inclinations including lying horizontally to assume the form of a bed. The upholstery covers are removable.
Signed with decal manufacturer's label to underside: [Tecno S.P.A. Milano Via Bigli 22 Made in Italy].
Exhibited in the Triennale di Milan in 1954.
Winner of the prestigious "Compasso d'Oro" prize in 1954.
Part of the Permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (Paris)
Literature: Osvaldo Borsani, Gramigna and Irace, ppg. 252-257 Repertorio 1950-1980, Gramigna, pg. 80 Mobili Tipo, Aloi, ppg. 88-89
Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) Born in Varedo, near Milan, Italy. He studied architecture in Politecnico di Milano. After graduation, joined the family business, Atelier Varedo as a furniture designer. In 1953 he paired with fellow designer Fulgencio to form a new company called Tecno which became famous for its research–based technological approach to furniture design. The Tecno organization went on to become one of Europe’s most influential design firms as it developed new and innovative approaches for civic buildings and offices. Osvaldo was the company’s sole designer for more than 30 years until the 1980s when other designers like Gae Aulenti, Norman Foster and others began to contribute design to the firm. Borsani’s designs have been celebrated and displayed by museums and galleries world wide. In 1961 he received the prestigious Premio Compasso d’Oro in honor of his lifetime achievements.