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'Most Illustrious' by Elena Salmistraro honours Cini Boeri's design legacy
Most Illustrious collection by Elena Salmistraro
Image: Courtesy of Elena Salmistraro

'Most Illustrious' by Elena Salmistraro honours Cini Boeri's design legacy

The Most Illustrious family, created by Bosa and Elena Salmistraro, celebrates the 100th birth anniversary of Cini Boeri with a ceramic figurine embodying her unique designs.

by Elena Salmistraro
Published on : May 30, 2024

The Most Illustrious family, born from the cooperation between Bosa and Elena Salmistraro as an homage to the great masters of Italian design, welcomes Cini Boeri during the year of the 100th anniversary of her birth. After Achille Castiglioni, Riccardo Dalisi, Michele De Lucchi and Alessandro Mendini, now it's time for an important female figure that is being represented through her most-known designs.

The product designer's reinterpretation conveys the universe of Cini Boeri, portrayed with her signature haircut and scarf around her neck, her body shape is designed by borrowing the three-dimensional elements of her most iconic designs, the Serpentone sofa and the Botolo armchair, mixed with fabric textures that characterised her language.

The three-dimensional image is defined by fluid and elegant curves that were chosen to represent the avant-garde vision of this star of Italian architecture and design, one of the few women of those times, to transmit every detail of her vitality.

The Most Illustrious figurines are totemic collector's items that summarise the designers' physical traits and the pieces that made them famous, to underline the unique relation that is born between the product design and its creator. The sculptural designs are produced by Bosa with ceramics, defined by three-dimensional textures and finely enriched by coloured glazes.

"This collection of illustrious people is a homage that allows them to come to life by capturing the essence of their iconic and timeless projects. The ceramics figurines stand as symbols and represent the unique and vibrant force and the distinctive traits of the designer portrayed. They go beyond being a simple portrait, they witness the profound connection between the master and his/her work, by embodying the concept 'we are what we make'. This project expresses my gratitude towards those who shaped my vision of design and inspired my creative process," shares Salmistraro. 

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