Osvaldo Borsani

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Exhibitions Milan, Italy May 16, 2018 - September 11, 2018

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Osvaldo Borsani was a visionary figure of twentieth-century design; an architect, designer, and entrepreneur who transformed his father’s furniture atelier into an international brand, co-founding Tecno in 1953 with his twin brother Fulgenzio. Borsani embodied a pivotal moment in Italy’s design history and the dominating role of Milan during that era: a confluence of economic might, technological advancement, and flourishing artistry. At its core, this is a story about a family’s legacy that spans over a century. Osvaldo’s daughter Valeria and son-in-law Marco Fantoni, both architects and designers, worked closely with him until his death in 1985. Today, his grandson–architect Tommaso Fantoni–continues to spearhead the preservation of the family’s illustrious history through his leadership of the Archivio.

‘Osvaldo Borsani’ is curated by Norman Foster and Tommaso Fantoni. The show traces the arc of Borsani’s trajectory, presenting over 300 objects: from handcrafted pieces to industrial icons, alongside an incredibly rich array of archival materials including drawings and photographs. The exhibition design, created specifically for the venue, and contents have been developed by the Norman Foster Foundation and Archivio Osvaldo Borsani with the Triennale Design Museum.

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