biography


  • Osvaldo Borsani (1911 Varedo, Switzerland – 1985 Milano, Italy) was an italian architect and designer. He first studied Fine Arts at Accademia di Brera in Milan and then architecture at Politecnico di Milano, graduating in 1936. Working in the father company “Atelier di Varedo” he received his first training at the furniture manufacture. Here Bersani had the chance to meet architect Maggioni who used to be the designer at the Atelier. Maggioni style comes from Vienna where the Judenstil used to connect architects, painters, sculptors and graphics to the same projects. Apparently this contamination between arts and crafts will influence the work vision of the young Borsani. In 1956 he founded the Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, which initially produced only Borsani’s designs, however later began to produce the work of other important designers including Vico Magistretti, Roberto Mango, Carlo de Carli, Gio Ponti and more. In 1933 Borsani participated in the Fifth Triennale di Milano, presenting his Casa Minima Project. Most successful and iconic Tecno designs include the 1954 d70, a sofa that can assume approximately twenty positions; the 1955 p40 – adjustable lounge chair, described as a “machine for sitting,” which could assume 486 distinct postures; and the 1968 graphis office furniture system. The early projects by Tecno can be found in the most important museum collections such as Moma in New York, V&A in London, Pompidou Centre in Paris and Neue Sampling in Munich.