Osvaldo Borsani The practical rationality

Post-war, modern Italian design, influenced by technological innovation: clean esthetics and straight lines for smart spaces. 

Born in 1911, Italian designer Osvaldo Borsani studied at Milan's Polytechnic School, before joining his father - the head of Atelier di Varedo - the family business thanks to which Osvaldo learned his craft and his basics. In 1933, he contributed to the 15th Triennale di Milano with his « Minimal House » design which earned him the silver medal. This project was a means to question the future of interior design. He also helmed the design of Villa Borsani between 1939 and 1945, steering from traditional esthetics in a quest to embrace the brewing modernism trend.

In 1953, the Italian designer and his brother Fulgenzio founded Tecno.

From then on, the twins left a permanent print on office modern design, especially with the Graphis system, which favored, early on, functionality, space and rationality, giving the company its leading position in office design.