Franco Bettonica was born in 1927. He was born in Milan, Italy, and started his design work while still a student. He became an architect, and had a successful career in construction, interiors, and industrial design.
Mario Melocchi was born in 1931 in Parma, Italy. He worked as an advertiser at the age of 21, and was one of the first people in Europe to devote themselves to packaging design. He eventually moved on to product design after meeting Franco Bettonica.
Cini & Nils was formed by the joining together of these two designers, Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi in 1969 when they felt they should offer all of their products directly to the market. Many of their products were created through the combination of their efforts. A good many of those products were gathered by the New York Museum of Modern Art. These include products like their Bar, table and desk collections, the swivel magazine stand,the cubobar, and their game table, just to name a few. They stopped producing the items in the late seventies because Cini & Nils had found a new focus, and began to expire more areas of design.
In 1972, their exploration of design paid off with the creation of the Cuboluce, what was considered a link in the chain between décor accessories and lighting. It would become the first of a new generation of products by the company, though the products would not be seen by consumers till 1982. When they are finally unveiled, they are in the form of the Aureola Collection, the fittings to take the Cini & Nils brand in to the lighting market place.
Very soon after the arrival of he Aureola Collection, many other innovations were forged. Among those is the Gradi, whose lighting body compromises a minute enameled glass cylinder. Also the Tenso 2500W, the first ever 230 volt cable system. The TensoClic was also released, it was the new connector for the Tenso system after the Tenso 2500W. After that, they developed the miniTenso, the smallest 230V cable system that bridges a gap of only 15 cm. The release of all these products was successful, and launched Cini & Nils into the spotlight as a serious and lasting company.
It's no wonder that with all this innovation and success, that the companies dedication to craftsmanship is so ingrained into their design process. Before the design even has a chance to be in the design stage, it must first undergo preliminary analysis and evaluation, then experimentation that eventually leads to many subsequent prototypes. Maybe those prototypes might even become a product, though there is no guarantee.
In every Cini&Nils design, everything has been delicately researched, analyzed, tested time and again and finally redesigned, right down to even the tiniest of details. That is how, in a step by step process, a new world takes shape. It is a world made of innovative ideas, and austere forms with precision in every detail, quality in the materials and accurate finishes. To put it simply: it is the world of Cini & Nils.