Aldo’s father, Ciro Cini, built a two-story wooden home with the idea of using the ground floor for a workshop where he could do repair work and other metal shop services. Ciro opened the doors of what would become Ciro Cini Metal Shop, the first business venture in the long history of the Cini family’s entrepreneurship in Brazil.
In 1951, after leaving his job at the tannery, Aldo dedicated himself full-time to working with his father in the Metal Shop. He provided services for hydraulic facilities at CORSAN, the Rio Grande Sanitation Company, and fabricated wrought iron furniture, windows and doors for homes.
After a difficult period at the end of the 1950s, with his father’s illness and death, Aldo took responsibility for running the company and registered it under the name Serralheria Artística e Industrial Aldo Cini (Aldo Cini’s Artistic and Industrial Metal Shop).
In his first company, Aldo Cini already demonstrated his untiring pursuit of innovation and competitiveness. He began designing vertically opening windows; introduced a folded metal sliding action window with and without bascules, innovative for the time; pantographic grates; and SKF bearings.
Seeing the great potential of the furniture market, in 1964, Aldo transformed the metal shop business into Cia. de Móveis Aldo Cini (Aldo Cini Furniture Company). With the new company, in addition to continuing work with iron, he innovated once again by working with tubular frames for furniture, which along with Fórmica, were the signature of the era.
The company worked in three business segments with home, school and sports venue product lines. In the school line, the company created classroom table and chair sets and school desks, models that are still being used in Brazilian schools. Patents for these products were not required, since the biggest sales were made through public bidding processes.
In the sports venue product line the biggest highlights were stadium seats, and these stood out from the crowd by the way they could be easily removed to clean the grandstands. This system was patented and Móveis Aldo Cini furnished seating for many stadiums across Brazil, such as Beira Rio, Arruda, Rei Pelé, Morenão etc.
After selling Cia. de Móveis in the mid-1970s, Aldo Cini founded Madesa in 1977, with the main goal of producing export quality furniture from reforested wood, with an entrepreneurial nod towards sustainability.
Madesa grew and established itself, exporting to over 65 countries in the 1990s. Including IKEA, the world’s largest retail sales chain. Over the course of its history, it has earned recognition for its innovatively designed furniture and competitiveness.
At the end of the 1990s, Aldo Cini created a collection of sofas, armchairs and complementary furniture, designed according to the highest international quality standards.
These models perfectly expressed high class and sophistication in furniture, featuring exclusive spring systems with tempered steel helical conical springs, the latest foam technology and 100% polyester fibers that provide durability and softness.