Cini&Nils was established in 1969, when two designers began to feel the need to offer their projects directly to the market. A variety of products were developed by the combined efforts of Mario Melocchi and Franco Bettonica, many of which have since been acquired by the New York Museum of Modern Art.
In 1972, an idea by Franco Bettonica led to the creation of the Cuboluce, a link in the chain between décor accessories and lighting. These were soon followed by other innovations: Gradi, whose lighting body comprises a minute enamelled glass cylinder; Tenso 2500W, the first 230V cable system, miniTenso, the smallest 230V cable system that bridges a gap of only 15 cm and so many other innovations.
A passion for design, a love of creativity and a driving urge to serve a refined audience are the fundamental elements that induced the designers Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi to found this company in 1969: the same values that can still be found in today’s new company structure.
In 2012, Mario Melocchi took an extremely unusual step in the annals of Italian entrepreneurialism when he entrusted the company’s leadership to six managers who had already been working with Cini&Nils for years, because in them he saw the future and the possibility to continue the brand’s activities, respecting their traditional values, while at the same time adding technological and stylistic innovation with the potential to face the future.