Back in 1934, Piero Boffi founded his company and a lot has changed since then: social convention, living models and aesthetic sense. In these 80 years Boffi has followed this evolution adding its own personal interpretation of the transformation of taste and technologies. This has led Boffi to establish itself as a worldwide synonym for innovation and design.
The first Boffi factory was founded in 1947 and in that same year Piero’s sons Dino, Pier Ugo and Paolo joined the company.From then on, the family business has gone through a series of important milestones, each reached as a result of an innovative strategy: a blend of creativity, production and entrepreneurship; an approach that has redefined design habits and the history of Italian design itself.
One of these milestones was in 1960 when Luigi Massoni began what would be a 20 year tenure as art director. Soon after, 1963 Joe Colombo designed the revolutionary Minikitchen. The 80s are regarded as Boffi’s golden decade with the debut of the brand in the bathroom sector with Luigi Massoni and the establishment of Boffi as a worldwide brand under Piero Lissoni’s refined direction.
The path has always been marked by success, such as the Compasso d’Oro alla Carriera and Red Dot awards (EDIDA, International Chicago Aetheneum), the extension of production to other furniture sectors and the opening of flagship stores both in Italy and abroad. Boffi has become an international beacon of style with the opening of the first mono-brand stores in Paris (1995), Milan (1998) and New York (2000). In 2003 the famous Boffi Solferino store in Milan became the company’s point of reference where the whole Boffi universe is presented along with the brand’s vocation for total living. It holds collections of kitchens, bathrooms and, since 2010, wardrobes.
An unstoppable and multifaceted production that has crossed seasons and continents always seeking higher grounds with the goal of satisfying all the needs of contemporaneity. The outdoor kitchen designed in 2014 by Piero Lissoni confirms this quest.
In 1986, Piero Lissoni opened the Lissoni Associati studio together with Nicoletta Canesi, while 1996 saw the creation of Graph.x, a company dedicated to the development of graphics projects. With a staff of over 60, the work of the studio encompasses all aspects of architecture, interiors, industrial design and graphics projects from furnishing to lighting, from art direction to corporate identity and from catalogues to packaging for hotels, resorts, showrooms, shops, headquarters, trade fair stands, private houses and yachts.Among its clients the studio counts Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Desalto, Fantini, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll, Lema, Living Divani, Lualdi, Matteograssi, Porro and Tecno. Some of the more recent architectural projects include the Grand Hotel Billia and the Parc Hotel Billia in Saint Vincent (2013), the Conservatorium Hotel (2011-2012) in Amsterdam, the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem (2009), the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005) and the interior design of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal Hotel in Venice (2002-2004).Piero Lissoni renovated the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan (2009) and completed the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007), the headquarters for Glas Italia (2010) and Matteograssi (2011) near Milan and an eight-storey Benetton Store in Istanbul (2009). The studio is currently developing projects worldwide: the Al Zorah Resort Hotel in Ajman/United Arab Emirates, the interior architecture of 8 Shilla Stay Hotels in various locations in South Korea ( the first one opened in Seoul in October 2014), a complex of condos and villas for The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach and the interior architecture and design of a tower in Shanghai for Swire Hotels group.