Cini&Nils was founded in Milan in 1969 on the initiative of two well-known designers, Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi, who wanted to offer their interior and outdoor lighting directly to the public. From the very beginning, the duo of designers has been offering objects inspired by the Italian craftsmanship tradition of excellence and the minimalist and functional style of Finnish design. In the historic headquarters of Viale Certosa, the two founders draw products that have entered the history of design, such as sets for Bars, Tables and Desks, the Revolving magazine holder, the Game Table, some of which are on display in the permanent collections of the MoMa in New York. The turning point took place in 1972 with the Cuboluce project, signed by Franco Bettonica, which marked the company’s entry into the lighting sector, the future focus of production. Passion and dedication, research and innovation, combined with the values of made in Italy, have made Cini&Nils one of the world’s leading companies in the field. The careful design is combined with high quality standards, which are aimed primarily at the well-being of the users of lighting fixtures. Alongside the iconic objects, born since the seventies, the Cini&Nils catalogue offers new generation products, the result of continuous research, carried out by the company’s Research and Development laboratory, on LED and IoT technologies.
The iconic lamps that made the history of Cini&Nils
The iconic product par excellence of the Cini&Nils catalogue is undoubtedly the Cuboluce table lamp, an idea as simple as it is revolutionary. The lamp is inserted inside a techno-polymer cube and turns on or off by opening and closing the lid. Designed to read in bed, Cuboluce emits a concentrated beam of orientable light thanks to the lid that acts as a reflector. In addition to the Classic version, Cuboluce is available in Cuboluce Led, Cuboluce Wireless and special edition Cuboluce Britto, dressed with the graphics of the artist Romeo Britto. The Gradi collection, designed by Mario Melocchi and Franco Bettonica, appeared in 1990. The timeless design makes this series of lamps always up-to-date, so much that the company re-proposes them in the catalog in the new LED versions. Simple and elegant, Gradi is composed of a semicircle steel support to which is attached the illuminating body, consisting of a tiny cylinder in borosilicate and enameled glass. Gradi is available in Minisoffitto LED and Miniparete LED versions, and in the range with halogen lamps. The Tenso and MiniTenso collections, developed since the early 1990s, are real practical and functional lighting systems, which over time have been enriched with new features. The ancestor Tenso 2500W is the first 230V cable system, improved in the Tensofariuno model, equipped with no transformer for accent lighting, and Tensofaridue, with two spots. The strength of the Tenso system lies in the mounting accessories, such as Tensoclic, which allows you to mount the splints on the cables with a simple click. With the contribution of designer Luta Bettonica, the collection has been enriched with several versions, such as MiniTensoOnirico, equipped with linear halogen sources with a minimalist mood, and TensEsterni, with opalescent or transparent scenic spheres, for outdoor lighting.
Cini&Nils connected LED lighting fixtures, the new generation
From 2013 Cini&Nils takes a new course, creating new products with advanced LED technology, with which the iconic pieces in the catalogue are also adapted. The renewal continued with the expansion of the offer dedicated to the contract sector and the introduction of IoT technologies for the smart home. The Assolo collection, designed by Luta Bettonica, enhances the primary shape of the circle and creates, once lit, two opposing semi circles of light. The collection consists of indoor lamps, available in the ceiling lamp, wall lamp, floor lamp, suspended lamp and table lamp versions, and the outdoor wall lamp Assolo Outdoor. Born from the creativity of Luta Bettonica, the Acqua ceiling lamp is a marvel that combines aesthetics, functionality and flexibility, qualities that have earned it three international awards: the Miaw award at the Muuuz International Awards 2015 in the Lighting category, the Special Mention at the Codega Award 2016, the Best of Category Lighting at the Archiproducts Design Awards 2016. Acqua is a modular lamp made of die-cast aluminum and composed of modules, available in 5 finishes, which can be joined together thanks to a quick insert. The suspension version, thanks to the special accessories, is flanked by the floor-standing version. The luminaire is dimmable LED and is supplied in Downlight version, for downward directed light, and Uplight version, for upward diffused light. The two bodies can be assembled to create countless compositions and lighting effects. Luta Bettonica continues the exploration of the shape of the circle with the Passepartout collection, which recalls the shape of a ring. Elegant and essential, Passepartout is available in wall, pendant and floor lamp versions. The steel disc is available in different finishes, enamel in red, white or black, or in copper, brass and chrome-plated steel. Passepartout, together with lamps from the Fludd and StiloSospeso collections, are equipped with wireless technology and can be controlled by voice devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Casambi and Dali. The Convivio new led collection includes lamps with a sculptural shape and a wave surface that creates captivating chiaroscuro effects. It is available in ceiling, floor, wall and suspension versions, available in different sizes and colored on demand.
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