1920 – 1940
The story begins in 1928 with Carlo Boffi, who as an artisan, achieved the reputation as one of the best chair carvers, capable of reproducing the typical French style of the Louis XV – Louis XVI period.
After the First World War, together with the industrial reconstruction, Fratelli Boffi had a first leap forward becoming one of the first companies that collaborated with the big department stores from UK and USA (e.g. Bloomingdale’s, Harrods)
1950 – 1960
The second generation Federico, Roberto and Michele started working, and in 1968 the new plant in Lentate was constructed. Products were manufactured with increasingly innovative technologies yet the company never lost its artisan spirit that strongly characterized and qualified it and was based on details such as wood engraved details, polishes, and lacquers.
The production, which started out with chairs, was expanded to include all types of furniture. Thanks to the skill and experience acquired through generations of artisans able to carve wood and to create a piece of furniture according to its classic interpretation as a “commodity that lasts over the years,” the company was able to create a series of collections that became famous and admired all over the world. The first collaboration with the big names of design gave birth to the collections signed by Giorgio Pulici and Aldo Cibic.
1980 – 1990
In the 80s – 90s the company organized a specific branch focused on the big contracts (Residential, Hospitality, Public Spaces). Giving the peculiarity and the creativity of Fratelli Boffi’s work, starting from the 90s more and more architects took contact with the company involving it inside those contract projects. Over the years, the contract branch remains one of the most active in the company, thanks to the deep competence of Fratelli Boffi in creating custom made products.
1990 – Ongoing
Nowadays he relation between architects/designers and the company is not just univocal but bidirectional. On the one hand the architect/designer conceived the products for Fratelli Boffi’s collection. On the other hand, the architects/designers asked to the company to realize custom made projects for them or to furnish with existing products the spaces that they projected. Lots of the contracts arose this way, beyond several further exciting projects