Cini Boeri

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Cini Boeri
1954 Cini Boeri.jpg
Born19 June 1924
Milan, Italy
Died9 September 2020(2020-09-09) (aged 96)
Milan, Italy
EducationPolitecnico di Milano
Known forarchitecture, interior design, industrial design

Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC), Los Angeles, Calif.

Grande Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, 2011, Roma, Quirinale, Presidente della Repubblica Italiana

Cini Boeri (19 June 1924 – 9 September 2020)[1] was an Italian architect and designer.[2]


At the Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara. A design created by Cini Boeri in collaboration with Marco Zanuso

Boeri earned her degree at the Politecnico di Milano university in 1951. At that time, there were more female interior designers than architects because it was thought that women were too fragile to work outside.[3] After collaborating with Marco Zanuso from 1951 through 1963, she started an independent architectural practice.[4] Her main focuses in architecture were civil and interior architecture, as well as industrial design.

In the 1970s, Boeri began designing showrooms for Knoll in Europe and America.[5] She also designed a variety of sofas and chairs for the company, some of which are still in production today.[6] In addition, she worked for a variety of other design companies, including lighting company Artemide, furniture company Arflex,[7][8] and the housewares company Rosenthal.[9] Some do not know that Boeri was a trained architect because of her work for Knoll and Arflex.[10]

Different examples of her work can be found in museums and international exhibitions.

Prizes and awards[edit]

Boeri was awarded many prizes; among those, in 1979 a Compasso D'Oro (strips product design for arflex) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in 2008.[11]


She died on 9 September 2020 in Milan, Italy at the age of 96.


Source: [12]


  • 1964 Borgogna armchair (Arflex)
  • 1967 Bobo and Cubotto one-piece armchair (Arflex)
  • 1967 ABS luggage set (Franzi)
  • 1968 Bengodi sofa (Arflex)
  • 1970 Lunario table and Gradual sofa (Knoll)
  • 1971 Serpentone sofa (Arflex)
  • 1972 Strips sofa (Arflex)
  • 1972 Cibi glasses and crystal decorative objects (Arnolfo di Cambio)
  • 1973 Lucetta desk lamp (Stilnovo)
  • 1976 Talete table (Arflex)
  • 1977 Brigadier armchair (Knoll)
  • 1980 Double face revolving bookcase (Arflex)
  • 1982 Tre B handles (Fusital)
  • 1982 Dito desk table (Tronconi)
  • 1982 Rever door (Tre-P Tre-Più)
  • 1983 Malibu table (Arflex)
  • 1983 prefabricated house (Misawa Homes, Tokyo)
  • 1987 Ghost armchair (Fiam)
  • 1989 Steps drawer (Estel)
  • 1989 Feltro chandelier (Venini)
  • 2007 To the wall bookcase (Magis)


  • 1966-67 Holiday house in Punta Cannone (La Maddalena, Italy)
  • 1967 Holiday house on Abbataggia gulf (La Maddalena, Italy)
  • 1970 Museum house of Antonio Gramsci in Ghilarza (Oristano Italy)
  • 1976 Restoration of Palazzo Forti (Verona, Italy)
  • 1990 Country house (Piacenza, Italy)
  • 1997 EDS office building (Rome, Italy)
  • 2003/2004 Holiday house on Abbataggia gulf (La Maddalena, Italy)
  • 2007 Museum of the Duomo treasure (Monza, Italy)


  • Cecilia Avogadro (a cura di), Cini Boeri, architetto e designer, Silvana Editoriale, 2004 (ISBN 88-8215-640-0)
  • Charlotte Fiell; Peter Fiell (ed): Design des 20. Jahrhunderts, Taschen, Cologne 2012, (ISBN 978-3-8365-4107-7), p. 121


  1. ^ "Morta a Milano Cini Boeri, architetta, designer e staffetta partigiana". la Repubblica. September 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Maria Cristina Tommasini; Mario Pancera (1992). Il design italiano: protagonisti, opere, scuole (in Italian). Italy: Editoriale G. Mondador. p. 37.
  3. ^ "The Divas".
  4. ^ McQuiston, Liz (1988-01-01). Women in design: a contemporary view. London: Trefoil. ISBN 0862941059. OCLC 17776062.
  5. ^ Knoll International, Inc (1972-01-01). The Cini Boeri system. New York: Knoll. OCLC 123468481.
  6. ^ "Cini Boeri Brochure" (PDF). Knoll Furniture. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Arflex - Prodotti - divani - STRIPS". Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  8. ^ "Arflex - Architetto - CINI BOERI". Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  9. ^ "| Rosenthal Online Shop". Rosenthal Online Shop. Archived from the original on 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  10. ^ "Women and Design in Milan".
  11. ^ "Image gallery". Italian Cultural Institute. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Home Page - Cini Boeri Studio".