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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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$5,504
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Arflex Strips Modular Sofa S3 in White Fabric and Aluminium Feet by Cini Boeri
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in Brooklyn, NY
At the end of the 60s, the architect Cini Boeri revolutionizes the furniture market with her model, that is now an ""evergreen"": the seat system Strips. Additional information: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cini Boeri

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Aluminum

Italian Mid-Century Modern Strips Sofa and Armchair Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern strips sofa and armchair by Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s Strips model two-seater sofa and armchair, with fully removable checkered cover, with black hinge...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Fabric

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

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Leather, Wood

Cini Boeri Two-Seat Sofa for Knoll International, 1970s
By Cini Boeri, Knoll
Located in Den Haag, NL
Two-seat sofa designed by Cini Boeri for Knoll International. Upholstered in smooth black Leather. Model ''Brigadier'' Love the design, low and wide. So 1970s. The wooden base has re...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Leather

Cini Boeri for Knoll Sofa Mod. Brigadier in Leather circa 1970
By Knoll, Cini Boeri
Located in Milan, IT
Architectural sofa model 'Brigadier' designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Knoll in 1976. This postmodern sofa is executed in refined black leather cushions which are hold toge...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Leather, Wood

"Accademia" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Artemide
By Artemide, Cini Boeri
Located in Los Angeles, CA
“Accademia” Table lamp by Cini Boeri. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1970s for Artemide. Original EU cord with adapter. We recommend two E27 75w maximum bulb. Bulb not inc...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cini Boeri

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Steel, Wrought Iron

“Academia” Wall Light by Cini Boeri, Italy circa 1978
By Artemide, Cini Boeri
Located in Culver City, CA
*Please note the price is per unit, and the lights are sold individually* “Academia” Wall Light by Cini Boeri Italy Circa 1978 Designed by Cini Boeri and produced by Artemid...
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Late 20th Century Italian Cini Boeri

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Metal

Fiam Ghost Chair in Glass, by Cini Boeri
By FIAM, Cini Boeri
Located in New York, NY
Monolithic chair in 12 mm thick curved glass.  
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cini Boeri

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Glass

  • Fiam Ghost Chair in Glass, by Cini Boeri
  • Fiam Ghost Chair in Glass, by Cini Boeri
  • Fiam Ghost Chair in Glass, by Cini Boeri
  • Fiam Ghost Chair in Glass, by Cini Boeri
H 26.78 in. W 37.41 in. D 29.53 in.
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Cini Boeri furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Cini Boeri furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Cini Boeri collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 37 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Cini Boeri were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider furniture by Marzio Cecchi, Vivai del Sud and Guglielmo Ulrich if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Cini Boeri furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $484 and tops out at $33,534, while pieces like these can sell for $5,192 on average.

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