OSVALDO BORSANI AT THE TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM (2018)
TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM
MAY 16 2018 - SEP 15 2018
The exhibition, curated by Norman Foster and Tommaso Fantoni, Borsani’s grandson, traced Borsani’s career, presenting over three hundred objects: from unique unknown pieces to industrial icons, alongside an incredibly rich array of archival materials including drawings and photographs.
"The first retrospective exhibition of Osvaldo Borsani - architect, designer and co-founder of the manufacturing firm Tecno"
The relationship between Foster and Borsani was first established in 1983, when Marco Fantoni approached Foster’s London studio to offer Tecno’s services for the interior fittings of one of their projects. Although that particular collaboration was never realised, the initial meeting eventually led to the development of the acclaimed Nomos table and related workplace systems. The Nomos was also the last design that Osvaldo put into production at Tecno before his death.
With respect to the exhibition curation, Norman Foster said, ‘the central theme of a timeline enabled the visitor to walk through the different periods in the work of this not so well-known but significant design pioneer and along the way to find insights into the wider process of design.”