Osvaldo Borsani

Italian designer and architect Osvaldo Borsani’s (1911-1985) rise to fame began at the V Triennale di Milano in 1933, with his successful presentation of the rationalist Casa Minima, while still a student at the Milan Polytechnic. After graduating in 1937 he took up work in his father, Gaetano Borsani’s workshop, the Arredamento Borsani in Varedo. After leading the company into noteworthy collaborations with contemporary artists, he founded Tecno in 1953 with his twin brother – a furniture company focused on engineering and innovative design solutions. Initially producing only Osvaldo’s designs, Tecno later developed contributions from Vico Magistretti, Roberto Mango, Carlo de Carli, Gio Ponti, Mario Bellini, Robin Day and Eugenio Gerli. Early pieces by Tecno can be found in the MoMA, New York; the V&A, London; the Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Neue Sammlung, Munich.



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