In the class of this morning of the program Collecting Design: History, Collections, Highlights at the New York School of Interior Design, I focused on collecting mid-century Italian design, the most growing area in the marketplace, as being identified by DeTnk. Together with the guest speaker, my friend and colleague Nick Kilner, we explored by market for Osvaldo Borsani. One of the most remarkable talents in the Italian design during the postwar years, and founder of the iconic company Tecno, Borsani was born into a family of successful furniture makers, developing a passion for furniture design very early on. Intrigued by the work of the fathers of the Modern Movement, his encounters with modernism set him on a path that ultimately changed the way his factory produced furniture and to develop a modern and distinctive language. In its upcoming design sale in London, Phillips will offer two lots of Borsani’s pieces from his Model D71 (below), which were featured so gracefully in vintage images of his interior décor.
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