Osvaldo Borsani, ‘No. 13 Model T96 Desk’, 1956, Chamber
Osvaldo Borsani, ‘No. 13 Model T96 Desk’, 1956, Chamber
Osvaldo Borsani, ‘No. 13 Model T96 Desk’, 1956, Chamber
Osvaldo Borsani, ‘No. 13 Model T96 Desk’, 1956, Chamber

Borsani made several designs of the "T96" executive desk. The original dates back to 1956, after a continuation of the earlier designed office desk, the "T90." This is a first edition of a rare rosewood version of the well-known "T96" boomerang desk. With an octagonal top and smooth corners, this is the boomerang's straighter counterpart.
While it maintains the functions exclusive to the "T96" - the adjustable chest of drawers on the right hand side - it borrows its three underside drawers from the "T90." What makes this desk unique, appearing neither on the "T90" or the boomerang, is the tray on the right hand side, opposite the chest. The tray is also flexible, a trait Borsani applied to many other products.

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Varedo, Italy

About Osvaldo Borsani

Osvaldo Borsani brought modern Italian design to the world’s attention in the post-war period by promoting luxury furnishings influenced by technological innovation; utilizing new modes of production; and integrating industrial materials such as steel and rubber. In 1953 he founded furniture manufacturer Tecno with his brother, Fulgenzio, and introduced the now-iconic P40 reclining chair soon after. Using the same mechanical joint as the P40, the L77 Daybed (1955) is noted for its high degree of flexibility, allowing it to raise, lower, extend, and adjust into hundreds of positions. At the 10th Milan Triennial Exhibition, Borsani launched Tecno’s first collection by ingeniously dispersing its designs in different contexts throughout the site—including an R. Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome—to demonstrate their versatility, exemplifying Borsani’s holistic approach in which the “designer, maker, art director, and distributor merge harmoniously into one,” as he once said.

Swiss-Italian, 1911-1985, Varedo, Switzerland, based in Milan, Italy