Cini Boeri sofa for Gavina Knoll Italy
Rare fibreglass Cini Boeri sofa for Gavina Knoll Italy c1968.
Designed / launched by whom/when:Italian architect Cini Boeri (b 1924 Milano) established her design studio in 1963. She designed this, the first of three ‘gradual seating systems’ for Knoll, in 1970. Cini knew Dino Gavina (1922-2007) a supporter of the modern design movement who produced designs for the Castiglioni brothers, Vico Magistretti and Mario Bellini. Knoll purchased Dino’s company Gavina SpA in 1968.
Fabrication:Hollow fibreglass frame in darkest brown gloss finish on ball castors (in very good condition for its age). Tan pleather has some scratches to seats only.
Inspiration:Italian ‘brutalist’ modular design, with built in back shelves. Fibreglass and pleather were innovative design materials of the 1960s – 70s.
Design Consigned Stylist:Funky, brutalist Italian Design rarity of original 70s style.
Design Consigned Collector:Privately owned, authentic original, made in Milan by Gavina Spa. Very rare most likely the only one in Australia.
Stamp or Mark of authenticity:Base wears Gavina sticker.
DC Insider:Cini Boeri was contracted to design all the Knoll showrooms across Europe and America which in turn inspired her to design furniture for Knoll and lighting for Artemide. Her son Stefano is a Milanese activist / architect who presented “smart cities: materials, technology & people” at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
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