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Cini Boeri Desks and Writing Tables

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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Creator: Cini Boeri
Table or Desk Designed by Cini Boeri, Italy, Gavina, 1971
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1stDibs offers Cini Boeri desks and writing tables for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Cini Boeri desks and writing tables, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Cini Boeri desks and writing tables were created in Italy during the 1970s in the modern style. Many customers also consider desks and writing tables from Willy Rizzo, Ettore Sottsass and Giancarlo Piretti if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for Cini Boeri desks and writing tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $5,181 and tops out at $8,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,450 on average..

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