Osvaldo Borsani joined his father, Gaetano Borsani’s workshop as a furniture designer after completing his studies in 1937. Osvaldo inherited the workshop, Arredamento Borsani, after his fathers’ death; and, in 1953 Osvaldo and his twin brother, Fulgencio, would launch Tecno, which would become known for its experimental approach to furniture design. Osvaldo was Tecno’s main designer for over 30 years, and a main part of his work throughout the 1940’s to 1950’s featured larger furniture pieces of case goods, storage pieces and seating. Their shift towards more modern office furniture sets took place in the 1960’s, which is when the company began to broaden its concepts and collaborate with other designers. Today, many of Tecno’s and Osvaldo Borsani’s pieces are on permanent display at museums like, the MoMA in New York City, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
A prominent style and period in art that was developed in the early 1900’s and steadily spread across Western Europe and America until the 1930’s. Pieces made in this style were exhibited in Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Mordernes from which the genre borrows its name. The emergence of Art Deco is most often viewed as the continuation or response to Art Nouveau, and was regarded as the antithesis to traditional art styles because its intention was to produce pieces representing luxury and elegance. Artists who were inspired by this style drew reference from styles, cultures or concepts that were often contradictory. Art Deco’s influence is visible across many art forms, from glass art to sculpture, architecture to fashion, dance to illustrative or graphic art. Art Deco, evoked a period of creation where artist attempted to go against traditional techniques, and sought out modernity and crafted pieces representative of excess, luxury and elegance. Art Deco is quoted as dying out by 1940, but its influence returned throughout the 1960’s and can still be seen in the arts, fashion and design of today.