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Cini Boeri (ph courtsey ciniboeriarchitetti.com)

| Designbest editorial staff

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ini Boeri, the incredible Milanese architect and designer, passed away at 96 on September 9, 2020, the day of the XXVI Compasso d'Oro awards ceremony.

Born Maria Cristina Mariano Dameno, she was a bold, headstrong, committed and courageous woman who was without a doubt one of the unquestionable stars of the Milanese creative scene. A student of Gio Ponti and independent professional since 1963, she was a refined designer who knew how to challenge the prejudices of a purely masculine and sexist world (the second half of the 20th century), leaving an indelible mark on the history of design.

She was an immense talent who leaves behind an important body of work. They were projects that privileged form over function, with elegance and without snobbery, and with a practical sensibility that always turned itself into a timeless aesthetic fit for all. It’s not by chance that she won the Compasso d’Oro lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was awarded last year with the Ambrogino d’Oro for her immense and indisputable contribution to Milanese design.

Cini Boeri went to her studio every morning up to a year ago without ever taking time off to relax. So we’d like to remember her in her sweet and relentless way, as her son Stefano defined her, by imagining her smiling at us while comfortably sitting on her “Compasso d'Oro”, the award-winning  Strip sofa designed for Arflex in 1972.

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