Tecno S.p.A originating in Italy was taken over by Osvaldo and Fulgenzio Borsani in 1953. It all began in the 1920s with a company named something other than Tecno. The father of the Borsani twins, Gateano Borsani started the company in 1920 named Atelier di Varedo, this would later become Arredamenti Borsani Varedo (ABV).
Quality and technical innovations are important to the company, the quality of materials and craftsmanship are also extremely important. Gaetano Borsani’s first pieces can be classified as typical antiques, they were made according to tradition in the Brianza area.
Evolution of the design and vision of Tecno
The evolution of the company entailed the transition from traditional craftsmanship to an industrial form of production. This was made possible by the conscious innovation and development in their vision and design. With Osvaldo Borsani’s entrepreneurial smarts he was well aware of the importance of originality to meet demand. Through his continuous experimentation with interior design, in the 1950s Borsani became one of the most influential figures in Italian Design.
Following the success of the D70 divan (see main photo), Borsani began to work on a new type of technology to give a lounge chair the ability to move freely. This is when the P40 came to be and became one of the company’s most popular chairs, this is why the chair is still in production today. Some popular designers that worked for Tecno were Gae Aulenti en Eugenio Gerli. Gae Aulenti designed the famous dining table Kum, known for it’s characteristic legs. Still produced today mainly for offices .
Tecno opened their first showroom in 1965 in Milan, Italy. The building was completely revamped and received a new facade designed by Osvaldo Borsani en Eugenio Gerli. This change was received very well and several more showrooms followed.
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