Osvaldo Borsani – Italian Furniture Designer

Posted on 24th August 2011 in Italian Designers

Italian Furniture Designer Osvaldo Borsani – Coming from a family history of furniture makers namely his father who produced furniture, he was born in 1911 in Varedo Milano with a twin brother, Fulgenzio. The two were to continue to collaborate to produce a series of modern furniture pieces that included E60 in 1946, suspended book-shelves using anodized aluminum with natural wood or laminated plywood shelves. As many modern furniture designers of his time, he also designed for ease of movement and flexibility of space. The S80 produced in 1949, was a minimalist folding chair consisting of a solid wood frame.

The T1 and the T2 in 1949, showcased his experimentation with new materials expressed in a simple execution. The smaller table had a chrome brass base finished in white lacquer with a glass top while the larger table, T2 had a black lacquered steel base with a black lacquered wood top.

Following the design principle of modern design, that form and function need to work together simultaneously, the production of the E22 in 1951 is a wooden wall storage system that can be placed on wall rails allowing for flexibility in configuration and customizing it the users particular needs and desires.

The L51 perhaps best typified the use of craftsmanship with useful design. Produced in 1951, this bed was made from molded plywood and lacquered metal with an intriguing night table mounted on a rotating arm. The “Jack Knife” produced the next year, with a remarkable similarity to today’s modern futon sofa, was designed to be a convertible modern sofa with a black enamel frame using with a fabric or leather cover over polyurethane foam.

As his designs progressed over the coming years, he maintained his attention to craftsman level detail and construction with an emphasis on modern furniture pieces that appeared to dissolve any noticeable construction or structural connections. He also designed maintaining the strictest of modern design with simple clean lines offering only what is necessary for the function as well as including the ability to be able to be easily disassembled or broken down.

In 1954 he opened Tecno, producer of modern furniture suitable for the home and the office. Here he designed and produced the D70, the “Butterfly” with a long seat and the classic chaise Lounge P40. The concept of the “Butterfly” chair was expanded in 1955, with comfort and versatility in mind in the L77 which is a jointed bed able to be raised or lowered on both the upper and lower half of the bed.

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