The design world lost a legend in September 2020 with the passing of the Italian architect and designer Cini Boeri at age 96. An award winning innovator with a focus on function, her work is simple and elegant with a timeless appeal.
About Cini Boeri
Born and bred in Milan, Boeri was one of three women to graduate from the renowned Politecnico di Milano design school in 1951 with a degree in Architecture. By 1963 she had set up her own studio where she thrived in a period of innovation and excitement, often called the Italian Modern movement.
Practical elegance in design
Boeri soon established her place in the design world. Her relationship with Knoll and Arflex were critical to her career and allowed Boeri to develop elegant and functional pieces with a focus on economy and practicality.
Her deep understanding of the relationship between design and space influenced all her work; she created modular designs like the award winning Strips system that can be stacked together to create chairs, sofas or beds, depending on the space.
A cultural icon, Boeri contributed to the world of architecture and design well into her eighties. She shaped design with her approach, giving us pieces such as the beautiful Ghost Chair, the stylish and adaptable Serpentone Sofa and the fun and functional Botolo Armchair.
Cini Boeri will be remembered for her unique contribution to the world of architecture and design.
‘Being a woman means thinking about design with a female sensibility in its aesthetic, functional and qualitative aspects…’
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