Tecno s.p.a., set up in 1953 by Osvaldo and Fulgenzio Borsani, is an industrial company with production centres in Italy and abroad, which includes the support of an international network of branch offices and retailers.
The Tecno brand identifies a company that still has the initial enthusiasm for engineering and technological innovation and that continues to consider the quality of design, the materials and the craftsmanship essential thus permitting their products to conquer the challenges demanded by the future.
The first Tecno products on the European design scene were the D70 sofa and the P40 reclining armchairs, both designed by Osvaldo Borsani in 1954 and 1955 respectively.
Two classic Tecno designs remain the Graphis operating system (designed by Osvaldo Borsani and by Eugenio Gerli and presented to the Milan Triennale in 1968), which marked a turning point in the market for office furniture and the Modus seats launched in 1972.
In more than fifty years of experience, Tecno has fine-tuned a system of direct communication with the clients, the architects and the facility managers in order to guarantee services and products from the initial brief up to their installation.
The real Tecno revolution is that of offering itself as a company of design more than of product.
With tailor-made designs, among which are the refurbished British Museum by the architect Norman Foster, the building of the Agbar tower in Barcelona, designed by Jean Nouvel, and the European Parliament, Tecno is able to go beyond the rigid framework of a specific product in order to meet the requirements of the customer whether it is a company or a designer.
And it is by virtue of a advantaged relationship with the world of architecture that Tecno can boast of a curriculum of achievements with world-renowned architects like Gae Aulenti, Emilio Ambasz, Ricardo Bofil, Norman Foster, Piero Lissoni, Rafael Moneo, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Sir Richard Rogers, Luca Scacchetti, Jean Michael Wilmotte and many others.
Today many Tecno products are exhibited in the leading museums of the world: the MOMA (New York and San Francisco), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Georges Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Neue Sammlung (Monaco), the Museum of Decorative Arts (Montreal) and the Triennale in Milan.
Prizes and Awards
RED DOT DESIGN AWARD
1984 Tecno spa (for the co-ordinated image of Alitalia Agencies)
1987 Nomos design Foster & Partners
1988 Tecno spa (for services to the quality in architecture)
1991 Qualis design Emilio Ambasz
Compasso d’Oro selection
1970 T92 design Eugenio Gerli
1970 Graphis design Osvaldo Borsani and Eugenio Gerli
1991 Ianus design Luca Scacchetti
2000 RS design SNCF – Jean Marie Duthilleul
2010 Beta unopuntozero – Pierandrei Associati
European Community Design Prize
1998 Tecno spa for services to the quality in architecture
1954 D70 diploma d’onore
Tecno products are on display at some of the major museums in the world: MOMA (New York and San Francisco), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Neue Sammlung (Munich), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Montreal) and the Triennale in Milan.
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