P40 Osvaldo BORSANI, (Yellow upholstery) Reclining Lounge Chair
The 'P40' variable tilt arm chair, produced by Tecno, Milan 1956.
Black tubular frame with rubber armrests. Seat, back and footrest upholstered in yellow wool material. The footrest is stored under the seat. Brass detail.
The first edition of the iconic P40 armchair. The goal was, 'to create an armchair that could be adjusted to different positions, mainly to facilitate relaxation'. IT WORKED!
Literature: TECNO, G. Bosoni, pp 56-61, fully illustrated.
Osvaldo Borsani (Varado 1911 – Milan 19985) Italian designer and architect. Best known for his research-based approach to making furniture, throughout his career Borsani merged technological and material improvements with inventive Modernist stylings. In 1953, Osvaldo and his brother, Fulgencio, founded the firm TECNO in Milan. There, he created one of his hallmark designs, the P40 lounge chair, featuring rubber arms and the ability to assume 486 distinct postures. Some early designs by TECNO can now be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Good vintage condition.