Osvaldo Borsani was born in 1911 in Varedo, Italy. He studied fine arts at the Accademia de Brera in Milan and architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan, completing his studies in 1936. The furniture workshop of the Borsani family was in great demand among the Italian bourgeoisie; the cost of a Borsani living room set was comparable to that of a small estate in Tuscany.
With the advent of the industrial revolution, industrial production made design objects more affordable. In 1953 Osvaldo and his twin brother Fulgencio founded TECHNO, a company which became widely renowned for its hi-tech and scientific approach to furniture design. Many pieces from the factory have become design icons and made history.