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.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain) in 1961. Lives and works in Milan. She attended the University of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, where she graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni. Assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris, responsible for the new product development office of DePadova, working with Vico Magistretti, head of Lissoni Associati’s design group. In 2001 she opened her own studio working on product design, architecture, and installations. Amongst her last projects of architecture: The museum of Jewel in Vicenza, Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, das Stue Hotel in Berlin and the Spa of Four Seasons Hotel in Milan; showroom and installations for Gianvito Rossi, BMW, Missoni, Moroso, Molteni, Officine Panerai, H&M, Santoni and the general concept of Pitti Immagine Firenze. She realize design products for the most important italina and international companies, such as B&B, Boffi Cucine, Moroso, Molteni, Mutina, Kartell, Agape, Rosenthal, Baccarat, Kettal, Kvadrat, Andreu World e Hansgrohe. Some of her products are exposed in various Museums and collections, such as MoMA in New York and Triennale Museum in Milan. She has won several international prices and awards. Amongst others the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes (Gold Medal of fine arts) awarded by the Spanish Government; Order of Isabella the Catholic, awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain Juan Carlos I; “Designer of the decade” for two German magazines, Home and Häuser, “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper, Ad Spain, Elle Decor International and Architektur und Wohnen Magazine, Premio Marisa Bellisario “Donne ad Alta Quota” for Art & Design. Ambassador of Expo Milano 2015.