P40 - Tecno
poltrona, chaise long, borsani, osvaldo borsani, tecno, 1955
Designed by Osvaldo Borsani for Tecno in 1955, the P40 is a true icon of Italian design.
After the success of the D70 sofa at the X Triennale in 1954, Borsani worked on the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthe mechanical joint to create an armchair with different movements able to correspond to different positions, both in the backrest and in the seat, especially for the benefit of relaxation.
A similar criterion had been adopted for the D70 sofa, capable of tilting the seat and backrest as desired, up to reversing the direction of sitting or creating a bed.
As for the P40, it represents the technological evolution of the chaise longue, the relaxation armchair symbol of the Modern Movement.
Borsani reinvents Le Corbusier's "resting machine", 27 years after its appearance, removing all rigidity, giving it smaller dimensions and a comfortable fan-shaped inclination system aimed at exploiting the full range of ergonomic potential, up to take on infinite different positions.
Today the P40, in its first edition produced until the 1960s, is exhibited at the MOMA in New York and San Francisco, at the Center Pompidou in Paris, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and, of course, at the Milan Triennale.
With the project for Tecno of the P40 Borsani tries to technologically develop the potential of the classic "chaise longue" already proposed by the most famous architects of the Modern Movement, trying to overcome the classic fixed and cumbersome "rest chair", to obtain an armchair of dimensions reduced with an easy "fan inclination" system to welcome the body in the relaxed position, until it closes completely and for a whole series of gradations.
The result is a relaxing armchair with movable elements, composed of a four-legged metal pedestal that supports the seat and backrest pivoted so as to allow all inclinations.
A folding element under the seat completes the support surface with an additional removable metal footrest and two steel and rubber armrests.
The padding has a fabric or leather cover. The whole structure is in lead gray or black painted metal (details in metal in brass finish) or satin nickel (metal details in the same finish).
Materials: stamped sheet metal, vitrified steel tube supports, rubber armrests, foam / die-cast sheet metal padding, polished steel tubular support, arms in India rubber, foam and rubber padding
min: 24 1/8 x 26 3/8 x 28 1/4"
max: 41 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 70"