Modern Decoration

Collaboration at Mid-Century

Osvaldo Borsani is one of the most important protagonists in the history of post-war Italian design. An entrepreneur, Borsani designed and manufactured modern objects that were technologically complex and made of materials of superior quality. Beginning in the late 1950s, Borsani collaborated with great artists such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Agenore Fabbri, Aligi Sassu and Arnaldo Pomodoro, to name a few, entrusting them to decorate components of his designs.


L'Arredamento Moderno, Settima Serie, Aloi

For this bed, Borsani invited the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro to work with his company, Tecno. Pomodoro created two versions of the bed, one entirely in bronze and one with enameled elements. This example is the latter, which is lighter in weight and also more colorfully versatile. Pomodoro stamped his cuneiform language on the headboard’s nine unique panels illustrating a sophisticated synthesis of poetic expression and functional design.

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