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Osvaldo Borsani (Italy, 1911-1985)

Osvaldo Borsani (Varedo 1911- Milano 1985) began work at an early age in the family business of making furniture. In 1953, along with his brother Fulgenzio, he founded Tecno, the great project for which he worked his whole life in order to develop standard production with reference to that of design.

 

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Tecno  became known for its technological approach of furniture design. The company conceived the highly famous rubber-armed P40 adjustable armchair (1953) that was able to assume more than 400 hundred postures and the D70 reversible seat sofa. His pieces perfectly balance between lines and curves, function and elegance, lightness and robustness. Tecno has created solutions that have become archetypes in the world of furniture. These solutions, which are still just as valid today, are now collections that represent natural additions to the executive furniture for private, office and public settings, where ergonomics and design combine with functionality and beauty.

In 1968 it was the office system Graphis (together with Eugenio Gerli and coming into vogue around the world in a million copies) thanks to which Tecno became a world-leading manufacturer in design for the office.
The P40 © Hive Modern
Sources: http://theredlist.com/wiki-2-18-393-1393-view-minimalism-profile-borsani-osvaldo-5.html; http://www.tecnospa.com/en-us/corporate/architects-and-designers/osvaldo-borsani ; http://hivemodern.com/pages/product5312/tecno-borsani-p40-lounge-chair

 

Since 1989 our studio - JAS - works on prestigious projects internationally for both private and commercial spaces. Our activities are split into three domains: design studio, manufacturing and interior design consultancy.

Since the early 1980’s Jonathan designed or supplied lighting and furniture for more than 150 restaurants, clubs and bars in Paris alone. In the interior design field, he also intervenes on the concept creation and brand design experience. To name a few: Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel, Royal Mansour, Ping Pong London.

We also offers consultancy advice for international design firms with luxury projects in Morocco by overseeing artisanal production units.

Our studio designs and produces bespoke brass lighting, furniture and accessories with a style characterised by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic. Each product embraces a contemporary outlook on our rich Moroccan heritage.

Our lighting collections are mainly handcrafted in Leiria, a small city in Portugal reputed for its exquisite glass making, and Rabat Morocco.

Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass using meticulous workmanship.

Our bespoke collections represent 35 years of passion and know-how in the fields of decorative arts and interior design. Over these years we have built a strong ecosystem within Moroccan artisanry, with the aim of perpetuating our cultural heritage.

Each product design is customisable and therefore adapted to all types of clients or professionals for small and big scale projects. All items are also made-to-measure and available upon order.

Craftsmanship

Handcrafted between France, Portugal and Morocco with exclusive French and Italian resources, our pieces honour the relationship between meticulous workmanship and quality materials through the thickness, finishes and fixtures of each creation.

Due to the handmade nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in finish.

Materials

Brass and glass, the central element of most creations, are available in an array of finishes.

The finish you select and the way you care for your purchase throughout the years results in one of a kind pieces. Since Brass is a metal that works well with a multitude of materials, our studio associates it with a unique palette of colours and textures.

Fabric and wicker are used to design lampshades; mosaics and marbles form table tops and bases; lamp stems are sheathed in hand pleated leather by artisan saddlers. Hand-engraving and brass openwork, core know-hows of our studio, bring forth a new perspective on each design.

Practical Lights

  • Built with a sophisticated pear shaped joint (patented design), extendible arms and functional handles.

  • Equipped with optional latest led sensory dimming or wireless technologies.

  • Available in a variety of sizes to cover all types of living areas.

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