OSVALDO BORSANI (1911-1985)
Sofa model “D-70”
Manufactured by Tecno
Varedo (Italy), 1950s
Upholstery, lacquered metal, brass details
194 cm x 89 cm x 79h cm
76,5 in x 35 in x 31h in
‘I mobili Tecno’, Domus, no. 303, February 1955, front cover, p. 41; ‘rassegna domus’, no. 306, May 1955, n.p.
Tecno, sales catalogue, 1969, n.p. for image and technical drawing
Giuliana Gramigna and Fulvio Irace, Osvaldo Borsani, Rome, 1992, throughout
Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, The Furniture of Carlo Mollino, New York, 2006, pp. 188 fig. 377 for an image, fig. 378 for sketch, p. 231
Signed with decal manufacturer’s label to frame
Gold medal at the 10th Milan Triennale in 1954
The Italian designer founded with his twin brother the company “Tecno” in 1953, a furniture company focused on engineering and innovative design solutions. While initially the company only produced Osvaldo’s designs, Tecno would go on to produce the work of other designers including 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 permanent collections of the MoMA, New York, the V&A, London, the Pompidou Centre, Paris and the Neue Sammlung, Munich.