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Brass Day Bed by Borsani and Sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro , circa 1958



Beautiful and important brass single bed or day bed circa 1958-1963 by Osvaldo Borsani and famed italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. The small series of Borsani beds designed in collaboration with Pomodoro were produced in several different designs ,each in very limited numbers and all hand made by the Arredamento Borsani in Varedo, italy. This series of beds never went into serial industrial production , a fact confirmed to me by the Arredamento Borsani archives. Beginning in the late 1950s,Osvaldo Borsani collaborated with many great artists such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Agenore Fabbri, Aligi Sassu and Arnaldo Pomodoro, amongst others entrusting each to provide decorative elements to his designs. The brass headboard features a series of heavy cast solid brass interlocking geometric elements each featuring a beautiful organic three dimensional surface finish by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro creating a supremely elegant and timeless repetitive motif . The bed still retains all its original decorative brass nuts ,bolts and finials which feature the same three dimensional decorative finish as the decorative sculptural forms contained in the headboard. We have had a new bespoke mattress and bolster pillow made with a natural latex foam surface as they would have originally had which also has the benefit that latex breathes. The mattress has an opulent decorative buttoned finish . Botht the mattress and pillow have been finished in 100% wool 'PLOEGWOOL' fabric by the high quality Dutch fabric manufacturer DE PLOEG. MATTRESS DIMENSIONS : Width 100cm x length 200cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 6ft 6.74inch BOLSTER PILLOW DIMENSIONS: Width 100cm diameter 24cm / 3ft 3.37inch x 9.45inch The mattress is supported on a 20mm ( 0.75 inch ) thick plywood board ,with breathing holes, which spans across the transverse brass plated steel frame elements. When used as a day bed SEATING HEIGHT 42cm / 16.54inch CONDITION: The heavy cast sculptural headboard elements by Arnaldo Pomodoro are solid brass which has a surface varnish finish , some areas of the underlying brass surface finish has darkened areas through natural brass patination. You can polish these areas back to shiny brass and revarnish but we prefer to leave them as they are to prove their age and authenticity. The four headboard and footboard vertical posts are brass plated steel, this also has darkening of the brass finish due to natural patination, again these can be polished and revarnished but again we prefer to leave them as they are. The structural side members and transverse mattress supporting elements are made from steel which are painted a brass/gold colour and are all original, the paint finish is worn in places but again can easily be repainted with gold paint or powder coating The overall structure is very strong,rigid and very stable. Overall a nice, honest and authentic original example of a rare design. The buyer could always choose to polish and revarnish the brass elements in the future should they wish to but at this stage it is wiser to leave the frame in its original condition proving the originality of this example. PLEASE ASK FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILED CONDITION REPORT PHOTOS LITERATURE : A similar example is published in :- Roberto Aloi ;Arredamento Moderno, Modern Furnishing, Milan, 1964, p. 295


  • Creator
    Arnaldo Pomodoro (Designer),Osvaldo Borsani (Designer),Arredamenti Borsani (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 48.04 in. (122 cm)Width: 42.13 in. (107 cm)Depth: 81.11 in. (206 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1958-63
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Please read the text of this listing for condition, fully detailed condition report available upon request.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930113835811

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About Osvaldo Borsani (Designer)

With his stylish and technically innovative furniture, Osvaldo Borsani helped change the face of Italian design in the 1950s and ’60s. His sofas and chairs, featuring deeply upholstered seating and adjustable position settings, have an aura of optimism and efficiency that still seems fresh and lively today.

Born in the commune of Varedo in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, Borsani studied at the Brera Academy in Milan — the same school attended by such luminaries as designer Piero Fornasetti and artist Lucio Fontana — as well as the Polytechnic University of Milan. Borsani first worked for his father’s furniture-making firm, an atelier influenced by the more expressive and curvaceous wing of Art Deco design. By 1953, when, along with his twin brother, Fulgenzio — the pair also created this visionary mid-century villa — Borsani opened the furniture company Tecno, his design sensibilities had evolved toward furnishings with strong, simple forms enhanced by mechanical innovations, as with the P40 adjustable armchair (1953). Borsani would be the firm’s lead designer for 30 years, while fostering work by Vico Magistretti, Carlo di Carli, Robin Day and others.

Similar to Giò Ponti in the earliest years of his career, Borsani first created designs marked by lush and buoyant lines: tables with voluptuous curved legs, sofas with undulating backrests. But Borsani’s best-known and most novel pieces date from Tecno’s initial furniture lines: the adjustable D70 sofa, which folds open to make a daybed, and the P40 recliner. The latter — now included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum — is an articulated lounger with a back, seat and leg rest that can be moved into 486 different positions. Not only is it extremely comfortable, it is also enduringly chic.

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