Rare Osvaldo Borsani Floor Lamp for ABV in Brass

$26,700.00 USD
$26,700.00 USD

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Osvaldo Borsani for Arredamenti Borsani Varedo (ABV), floor lamp, brass, metal, fabric, wood, Italy, ca. 1955

Rare floor lamp designed by Osvaldo Borsani for his own company Arredamenti Borsani in Varedo, Italy. This lamp, created around 1955, has a gorgeous brass stem with a characteristic ball-shaped decoration underneath the shade. The brass is contrasted by the dark lacquered wooden base that flares downwards to a round foot, also executed in beautifully patinated brass. The fabric shade also holds contrasting tones in cream, burgundy and gold, which compliments the clean lines of the design of the base. With these geometric shapes, clean lines and contrasting colors, Borsani references the late Italian Art Deco style that was still highly influential.

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 Magistretti (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.

 

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Product details

  • condition Good
  • creator Atelier Borsani Varedo (Manufacturer) Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1950s
  • dimensions Height 180 cm Width 45 cm Depth 45 cm
  • dimensions Height 70.87 in. Width 17.72 in. Depth 17.72 in.
  • material Brass Fabric Wood
  • origin Italy
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Barcode 50111846