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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.


In 1972, an idea by Franco Bettonica led to the creation of the Cuboluce, a link in the chain between décor accessories and lighting, the forebear of a new generation of products that first saw the light of day in 1982 with the Aureola Collection, the first fittings to take the Cini&Nils name into the lighting market.



These were soon followed by other innovations: Gradi, whose lighting body comprises a minute enamelled glass cylinder; Tenso 2500W, the first 230V cable system; TensoClic, the new connector for the Tenso system, and miniTenso, the smallest 230V cable system that bridges a gap of only 15 cm.