cini boeri sofa for knoll

Cini Boeri sofa for Gavina Knoll Italy

Don’t miss this rare fibreglass Cini Boeri sofa for Gavina Knoll Italy c1968.  S O L D

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 very dark brown glossed on ball castors (in very good condition for its age). Tan pleather has some scatches to seats only (hello cat !).

Inspiration: Italian ‘brutalist’ design, rounded glossy modular frame, with built in shelves in the back. Fibreglass and pleather were innovative design materials of the 1960s – 70s.

Design Consigned Stylist: Funky, brutalist 1970s Italian design. Please don’t reupholster this piece for history’s sake ! But you could have covers made in velvet or jumbo cord to go over the original pleather to keep within the original 70s design spirit.

Design Consigned Collector: Privately owned, authentic original, made in Milan by Gavina Spa. Very rare most likely the only one in Australia. (If you know of others please contact us)

Stamp or Mark of authenticity: base wears Gavina sticker.

DC Insider: Cini was contracted as the interior architect for all the Knoll showrooms across Europe and America which 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 this years Salone del Mobile in Milan.  S O L D


  • Dimensions: W230cm D92cm SH40cm
  • Condition: 3/5


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