FIAM GHOST CHAIR DESIGN BY CINI BOERI
FIAM GHOST CHAIR DESIGN BY CINI BOERI
“I would never have thought of making a chair from glass ….my initial distrust of an idea which seemed quite unrealistic was overcome by the desire to take up the challenge and see whether it could actually be made, whether FIAM would be clever enough to transform the concept into reality.”
Cini Boeri, 1987The GHOST “mini” pays homage to this fragile-looking chair model, which retains the playful, ironic spirit of what is actually a firm, solid seat, its evanescent, untrustworthy appearance notwithstanding. In this sense, GHOST represents the soul of a firm that is always ready to take up new, unthinkable technological challenges. The GHOST “mini” is made in curved glass.
Cini Boeri graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1951 and, after a longstanding collaboration with Marco Zanuso, began her own professional career in 1963, working in the fields of civil architecture and industrial design.
She has designed single family homes, apartments, exhibition displays, offices, shops both in Italy and abroad, paying particular attention to the functional aspects of the spaces and the psychological relationship between man and his environment. With regard to industrial design she has been particularly involved in design furnishing elements and construction components. A number of products designed by her are featured in museums and international exhibition spaces.
She has held conferences and lessons in various Universities and institutions both in Italy and abroad, at Berkeley, Barcelona, at the Nucleo del Deseno Industrial of São Paolo, at the Architectural College of Rio de Janeiro, at the Cranbrook School in Detroit, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Vico Marcote (CH), at the UCLA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
During the years ’81-’83 she held courses in “architectural design” and “industrial and interior design” within the Architectural Department of Milan Polytechnic.
She was on the Board of Directors of the XVI Milan Triennale.
In 1986 she took part in the exhibition “Domestic Project” on display during the XVII Milan Triennale.
She has been invited onto the jury of a number of international competitions:
Product Design Award Resources Council Inc. (1978), Roscoe Prize New York (1978), Compasso d'Oro Prize Milan (1979), Saiedue Prize (1983), Gold Medal Bio 10 Ljubljana (1984), Product Design Award Resources Council Inc. (1984), Roscoe Prize New York (1984), Design Prize Stuttgart (1985), Forum Design selection (1987), Design Auswahl `90 Prize Stuttgart (1990), Gold Medal Prize “Apostolo del design ” Milan (2003), “Dama d’argento” Prize - Poldi Pezzoli Milan (2006), “Milanodonna” Prize Milan Municipality (2007), “Piramidi dell’Accademia Italiana” Prize Florence (2008), “the IIC Lifetime Achievement Award” Los Angeles (2008), “Good design award” Chicago (2008)
She has published: Le dimensioni umane dell'abitazione (The human dimension of home living - Milan, Franco Angeli, 1980), the essays "La dimensione del domestico" (The domestic dimension) in M.Bertoldini (edited by), La casa tra tecniche e sogno (The home between techniques and dream - Milan, Franco Angeli, 1988) and "Progettista a committente" (Designer and Client) in Id., “Struttura e percorsi dell'atto progettuale” (Milan, CittàStudi, l991), in 2004 “Cini Boeri, architetto e designer” (Cini Boeri, architect and designer) edited by Cecilia Avogadro (Milan, Silvana Editoriale).
Selected bibliography: “Il Design in Italia” - Giuliana Gramigna e Paola Biondi (Turin, Umberto Allemandi, 1999), “Designerrinnen” - Britta Jürgs (Berlino, AvivA Verlag, 2002), “XX SecoloDesign” - Decio G. R. Carugati (Milan, Electa, 2003), “Maestri. Design Italiano” - Silvia Annicchiarico (Milan, Milan Triennale, 2003), “Who’s Who in Design” - vol.2 (Essen, Red Rot Edition, 2003), “Italian Designers at Home” - Alessandra Burigana (London, Verba Volant Ltd., 2006), “Il golfo di Cini” - Marco Casamonti on Area n.93 july/august 2007 (Milan, Motta Architettura), “Cini Boeri - Il rigore della Flessibilità”(A rigorous flexibility) - Matteo Vercelloni in Interni no.1/2 Jan/Feb.2009 (Milan, Mondadori), “Pane e Progetto - Il Mestiere di Designer” (Bread and Project – The Job of the Designer) - Stefano Follesa (Milan, Franco Angeli 2009).