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Cini Boeri for Arflex, Rare Mid-Century "Cubotto" Chest of Drawers, circa 1968



Cini Boeri for Arflex, Mid-Century Orange "Cubotto" chest of drawers, circa 1968 Wonderful jewel like multi drawer 'cubotto' cabinet designed by Italian architect, Cini Boeri for Arflex, Italy in 1968 which was shortlisted for the 'compasso d'oro' gold Medal design award at the 1970 Triennale in Milan. The very rare 'cubotto' cabinet features eight drawers of varying dimensions dimension arranged in an artistic form reflecting the influence of the Minimalist and 'arte programmata' movements. The design also reflects the Spage Age periods' interest in flexible, space saving and multi-use furniture. Shiru Kuramata also clearly admired this ground breaking design which you can see reflected in some of his cabinet designs from the early 1970s period. Each 'cubotto' drawer is finished with an elegant form solid brass handle finished in black enamel. You can see the brass in areas where the enamel is worn through use. The cabinet has a wood structure finished in wonderful vivid orange color laminate so in Vogue during the expressive and highly creative 1960s period and is finished to the underside with the original four rolling castors with color coordinated rubber wheels to the underside for added flexibility. The cubotto cabinet was produced in small numbers and in four colors white,orange,blue and 'sabbia'(sand). This is confirmed in a 1969 article published in the Italian design Journal 'ABITARE'. Cini Boeri graduated from Milan polytechnic in 1951 and on graduating went to work with Gio Ponti before opening her own practice. The 'Arcadia' gallery in Geneva, Switzerland held a retrospective exhibition of her work in September 2012 where the 'cubotto' cabinet was centre stage. Literature: 'ABITARE' . issue January-February, 1969, page 12. 'Domus'. June 1970, page 17, article, 'Domus Rassegna'. 'Arflex '51-81', page 38, Daniele Baroni, A.Lucini & C, Milano, 1981. (Please see image 2). 'REPERTORIO 1950-80', pg 277, Gramigna, Mondadori ,1985 (confirms this design was short listed for the Gold Medal 'compasso d'oro' design prize at the 1970 Triennale in Milan. Exhibitions: 1970 'Triennale', Milan, Italy. 2012 Arcadia gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (Please see image 9).


  • Creator
    Cini Boeri (Designer),Arflex (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 23.63 in. (60 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2-ST-BOE-WO-A1stDibs: LU2316321365062

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About the Designer

Cini Boeri

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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