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Cini Boeri

Italian, 1924-2020

Had Cini Boeri been a man, the Milanese architect and furniture designer, who died in 2020 at age 96, might be regarded today on par with such visionaries of the mid-20th century as Gio Ponti or Marco Zanuso. She worked with both. Although she’s well known and deeply respected in Italy, her renown elsewhere has been more akin to a cult following.

“I admire the work she did across architecture, interiors and furniture,” designer Faye Toogood says of Boeri’s impact. “She practiced architecture during a time when it was considered that women were too fragile to work outside.”

Boeri was one of very few women of her era to graduate from Milan Polytechnic with an architecture degree, which she did in 1951. Her illustrious career hinged on the strict economy of her designs and limited palette of materials. For example, her innovative 1971 Serpentone sofa for Arflex was crafted from just one material, polyurethane foam, and sold by the meter. Her ingenious 1987 Ghost chair for Fiam was cut from a single sheet of thick glass.

But in Boeri’s earlier days, her pieces displayed a more youthful exuberance. The circa 1968 Cubotto cabinet, produced in small numbers by Arflex, is an elegantly irregular arrangement of eight drawers of varying dimensions. The wooden cube, two feet square, was finished in laminate — in vivid orange, blue, sand or white — with color-coordinated casters and handles of black-enameled brass. Its design reflects a Space Age interest in flexible, space-saving, multiuse furnishings.

“It’s a very clean piece of design,” says Kaisha Davierwalla, owner and founder of Vaspaar Italy. “Even with its strong, square lines, somehow the vibrant colors and asymmetry have the feel of a feminine touch.”

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'Brigadier' Loveseats by Cini Boeri for Knoll, Italy, 1980s
By Knoll, Cini Boeri
Located in Antwerp, BE
Two exceptional sofas from the award-winning Brigadier Series by renowned Italian architect and designer, Cini Boeri (1924–2020). Crafted in the 1980s for Knoll, these sofas feature ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Leather, Lacquer

Cini Boeri for Knoll 'Brigadiere' Sofa in Black Leather
By Cini Boeri, Knoll
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Knoll, sofa, model 'Brigadiere', leather, lacquered wood, Italy, 1976. Architectural sofa model 'Brigadiere' designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Knoll. This ...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Leather, Wood

"Lunario" Coffee Table by Cini Boeri / Gavina, 1970
By Cini Boeri, Gavina
Located in Wien, Wien
The Lunario low coffee table, a visionary creation by Cini Boeri and skillfully crafted by Gavina in 1970s Italy, stands as an exemplar of innovative design. This early masterpiece b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Cini Boeri

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Chrome

1970s Arflex Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
By Cini Boeri
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Strips sofa bed designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex in the late 60s. Can be used as a sofa and can be converted into a single bed. Removable fabric cover. Designed in 1968, it was awar...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Linen

  • 1970s Arflex Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
  • 1970s Arflex Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
  • 1970s Arflex Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
  • 1970s Arflex Strips Sofa by Cini Boeri
H 23.5 in W 82.5 in D 35.5 in
Cini Boeri for Arteluce Mod.235 Wall Lamp, Italy 1970s
By Arteluce, Cini Boeri
Located in Naples, IT
An ivory and cracquele' lacquered aluminium wall light, it can be mounted downwards or as an upward light.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Metal

Lampada da terra Chiara, italiana moderna, di Cini Boeri per Fontana Arte, 1980s
By Cini Boeri, Fontana Arte
Located in MIlano, IT
Lampada da terra Chiara, italiana moderna, di Cini Boeri per Fontana Arte, 1980s. Lampada da terra modello Chiara con base tonda in metallo, stelo in vetro di Murano blu scanalato e ...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Metal

Designer Cool Modern Artflex Botolo Upholstered Side Chair
By Cini Boeri
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Chic mid century modern Italian side chair by Cini Boeri for Artflex having three chunky black metal legs on wheels and cool upholstery.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Metal

Accademia table lamp by Cini Boeri, Artemide 1978
By Cini Boeri, Artemide
Located in Renens, CH
"Accademia" table lamp designed by Cini Boeri and manufactured by Artemide, Italy 1978. This minimalist architectural lamp features a triangular shaped black metal base and a white...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Metal

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Cini Boeri furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Cini Boeri furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 84 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 10 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Cini Boeri were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Giovanni Offredi, Vivai del Sud, and Giotto Stoppino. Prices for Cini Boeri furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $895 and can go as high as $32,283, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,939.

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