Italian furniture designer
Cini Boeri (born 1924) is one of the leading female designers of her generation, Cini Boeri has been celebrated on the international stage for her revolutionary designs for more than half a century. Born Maria Cristina Mariani Dameno in Milan in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties,” Boeri graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1951, and then went to work for Gio Ponti and Marco Zanuso until 1963. At that time, she decided to open her own design studio, where she was able to explore the new forms of industrial design alongside her ongoing passion for architecture.
One of the elements to Boeri’s work that set her apart from the other avant-garde Italian designers of the later 20th century, was that Boeri constantly considered the relationship between design and the human experience. As a result, many of her pieces reflect upon this connection in an effort to bring spaces – either furnished or built – into a new sense of alignment. Boeri synthesized this design outlook with her 1980 book, The Human Dimension of Home Living. read more
For Cini Boeri, the 1960s and 1970s were awash with both architectural and decorative design successes. From her early Borgogna sofa (1964) designed in collaboration with Arflex, or her Bobo chair (1967), to her Strips Series (1972), which won Boeri the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award in 1979, Beori introduced an amazing array of furnishings during this period that reflected her novel approach to modern form and material and that transformed the cutting edge into the classic. The same energy was exhibited in her architectural projects of this period, which included icons such as The Bunker House (1967) and, more recently, the Apartment on Three Levels in Milan (2006).
Beyond he formal work as an architect and designer, Cini Boeri has taught at universities around the world, including the Politecnico di Milano and University of California at Berkeley. She was the recipient of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and, since 2012, has been included as an honorary member of the acclaimed Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI). Her son, Stefano, has followed in his mother’s footsteps to also become a noted architect.
Last updated: January 23, 2019
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