Cutting- edge design and formal elegance in the Tecno founder’s projects. Showcased in an exhibition at the Milan Triennale by Sir Norman Foster
Thirty years ago, the Nomos table marked a new epochal transition in home and office. Born in the Norman Foster studio in London, developed at the Tecno Projects Centre in Varedo, Italy, and completed in 1986, it was the final project baptised by Osvaldo Borsani, one more of so many recognisable for the combination of aesthetics and technology conceived in the company he founded in 1953 with his brother Fulgenzio. “It was to Osvaldo that we owed the existence of an environment in which it was possible to do what we did. He had created a mental attitude that encouraged craftsmanship, and attention to detail and quality”, says Foster. An indelible legacy also recounted in the retrospective at the Milan Triennale ‘ Osvaldo Borsani ( 1911- 1985), architect, artist, designer and entrepreneur’, curated by Foster himself and Tommaso Fantoni, architect and grandson of Osvaldo. “His projects express the symbiosis between an aesthetic which derives from the world of art, and the technique achieved with his skills. Borsani believed that both of these should be present in a product”, explains Federico Borsani, son of Fulgenzio and Vice President of the Tecno Group. And Villa Borsani remains the primary manifesto of this innovative idea of style and quality of living. Built in the 40s, it is the headquarters of the Osvaldo Borsani Archive, from which come the over 300 items on show, accompanied for the occasion by those stored by the Norman Foster Foundation. In particular the numerous sketches that reveal a taste for the unusual design solution, the value of an aesthetic and symbolic experience, not only functional, and the idea of comfort in the modern dimension.