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Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno Wall Unit 'E22' in Rosewood

Sale price$16,400.00

Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno, wall unit, model 'E22', metal, rosewood, Italy, 1957

Diverse wall-mounted shelving unit by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno. Borsani designed the E22 as a coordinated system for furnishing either the home or the office.   The composition of this wall unit is adjustable and the different elements of shelves, two elements with drawers and four cabinets with rosewood doors can be arranged to your own wishes. One cabinet featured a black door. The wall unit is mounted on steel profiles in four columns.

Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was an Italian designer and architect, raised by a family of fine furniture makers in Varedo. At the age of 16, he joined his father’s furniture shop, the Atelier di Varedo, which was fully engaged in designing and furnishing homes inspired by the Italian Art Deco movement. The designer of the atelier was the Italian architect Gino Maggioni (1898-1955) who was known for his Viennese Jugendstil orientation of the early 20th century. In the 1930s, he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Politecnico di Milano, where he studied Fine Arts and Architecture respectively. In 1932, the family company was renamed ‘Arredamenti Borsani’ and opened its first studio in Milan. During this period, he encountered Avant-Garde artists of various artistic disciplines like Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Agenore Fabbri (1911-1998), Aligi Sassu (1912-2000), Roberto Crippa (1921-1972), Fausto Melotti (1901-1986), Arnaldo Pomodoro (1926-) and Giò Pomodoro (1930-2002). These collaborations resulted in the creation of furniture and interior design projects with a high-level of craftsmanship and artistry. In 1953, Borsani founded together with his twin brother Fulgenzio Borsani ‘Tecno’, a design and manufacturing company that produced items based on mechanical innovations and refined technicality. The ‘P40’ adjustable lounge chair (1953) has become the ideological manifesto of Borsani's Tecno program, and still remains the best known, exemplary piece in the Tecno catalogue. Other iconic works that were produced by Tecno were created by Gio Ponti (1891-1979), Vico cham (1920-2006), Carlo de Carli (1910-1999), Gae Aulenti (1927-2012), and many other influential Italian designers. Osvaldo Borsani died in 1985 in Milan. His diverse and sophisticated oeuvre is to be found in permanent collections, such as of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Neue Sammlung in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Trienalle di Milano Museum. 

Kindly note that this item is in used condition and needs restoration. Restoration can be done before shipping by our experienced craftspeople in our own in-house restoration atelier. With high attention for the original, they make sure every piece contains its value and is ready for the many years to come. We kindly ask you to contact our design experts for further information about the endless possibilities our restoration and upholstery atelier has to offer. Of course, a locally organized restoration is possible as well.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Osvaldo Borsani (Designer) Tecno (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1950s
  • dimensions Height 115.36 in. Width 111.82 in. Depth 20.08 in.
  • dimensions Height 293 cm Width 284 cm Depth 51 cm
  • material Metal Rosewood
  • origin Italy
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 45015475