Arturo Pani (Mexico, 1915–1981)

Arturo Pani has been called the Jean Royère of Mexico. Like the adored French master of the mid-20th century, Pani won an upper-class clientele who appreciated the vivacity and exuberance he brought to interiors. His specialty was using new materials to reinterpret traditional stylings — the sensuous curves and arabesques of the Rococo; stately neoclassical motifs — for a modern context. Pani ‘s work is a thing apart: at once theatrical and distinguished, playful and grand.


     Pani was born to splendid settings. His father was Mexico’s ambassador to France, and both Pani and his brother Mario, a noted architect of the International Style, would study at the prestigious École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Pani made his name in the late 1930s by designing lavish interiors that belied the austere facade of his brother’s new Hotel Reforma in Mexico City. Mexico’s affluent class welcomed Pani’s technique for juxtaposing Mario’s sleek modernist architectural envelope with voluptuous decor. His style became known as the “Acapulco look” in the 1930s, when Pani became the blossoming Pacific resort’s decorator of choice to the jet set. Pani’s own Acapulco villa would become a favorite backdrop for the society photographer Slim Aarons.


     Though Pani frequently designed furniture along strict, geometric modernist lines — and did, on occasion, produce pieces with wildly flowing futuristic lines — his signature designs were those that offered an idiosyncratic, spare-yet-sumptuous take on historical forms. Pani’s favorite material was wrought iron, usually gilded. With it, he produced tables with elaborate sheaf-of-wheat bases, or scrolling baroque supports; chairs with frames made of iron rods bent to suggest the sinuous seatbacks and cabriole legs of Louis XV pieces; or — jumping a stylistic generation forward — designs with Louis XVI elements such as arrows and chevrons. Pani’s work has again become chic. As you will see on these pages, like few others, Arturo Pani had a true sense of drama. Virtually everything he designed is a showstopper.

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Arturo Pani Round Cocktail Table Solid Brass with ...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
Rare and Fantastic Polished Brass Cobra Coffee Table by Arturo Pani
Rare and Fantastic Polished Brass Cobra Coffee Tab...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
Arturo Pani Exceptional Studio Made Mirror with Onyx Frame, 1960s 'Signed'

By Arturo Pani, Muller's Onyx
On Hold
Arturo Pani Exceptional Studio Made Mirror with On...
Arturo Pani, Muller's Onyx
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Wall Mirrors
Onyx, Mirror
Low Copper Cocktail Table in the Manner of Arturo ...
Arturo Pani
20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Copper
Arturo Pani Tall Cocktail Table

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Tall Cocktail Table
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century Mexican Brutalist Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Pair of Arturo Pani Style Sphere Starburst Bronze ...
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Bronze
Arturo Pani Wingback Chairs

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Wingback Chairs
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s North American Other Wingback Chairs
Mahogany, Mohair
Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table, circa 1957

Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table, circa 1957
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mirror, Brass, Mahogany
Arturo Pani Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Table Lamps in Brushed Bronze

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Table Lamps...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Bronze
Mid-Century Modern Leather Club Chair with Matching Ottoman
Mid-Century Modern Leather Club Chair with Matchin...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Brass, Leather, Wood
Arturo Pani Attributed Mexican Mid-Century Modern Starburst Table Lamps
Arturo Pani Attributed Mexican Mid-Century Modern ...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal, Bronze
Pair of Mexican Modern Gilt and Painted Iron Marble-Top Tables by Arturo Pani
Pair of Mexican Modern Gilt and Painted Iron Marbl...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Belgian Black Marble, Iron
Mexican Modernist Armchairs by Arturo Pani Armchair
Mexican Modernist Armchairs by Arturo Pani Armchai...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Iron, Gold Leaf
Pair of Mexican Modernist Brass Side Tables by Arturo Pani
Pair of Mexican Modernist Brass Side Tables by Art...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Glass
Mexican Modernist Cocktail Table, 1950s
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Arturo Pani Lucite Dining Table

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Lucite Dining Table
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Goatskin, Lucite, Mahogany
Mid-Century Modern Start Coffee, Cocktail Table At...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mirror
Midcentury Mexican Modernist Oval Coffee Table aft...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Iron
Pair of Iron and Brass with Glass Top Tables by Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Pair of Iron and Brass with Glass Top Tables by Ar...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Gueridon
Brass, Glass, Iron
Scalloped Edge 1950s Brass Coffee Table Attributed...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Brass, Glass
Set of Two Sculptural Side Iron Tables, Unique Set...
Arturo Pani, Pablo Romo
2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Glass, Iron
Mexican Modernist Round Dining Table Attributed to...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Marble, Mahogany
Bronze Coffee Table by Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Bronze Coffee Table by Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Scroll Leg Mid-Century Modernist Table by Arturo Pani in Bronze and Églomisé
Scroll Leg Mid-Century Modernist Table by Arturo P...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Gold Leaf, Bronze
Arturo Pani Magnesium Prototype
Arturo Pani Magnesium Prototype
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Armchairs
Aluminum
Arturo Pani Brass and Glass Coffee Table

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Brass and Glass Coffee Table
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Pair of Arturo Pani Fruit Lamps

By Arturo Pani
Pair of Arturo Pani Fruit Lamps
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Table Lamps
Ceramic
Arturo Pani Monumental Commissioned Gate

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Monumental Commissioned Gate
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Doors and Gates
Iron
Prototype Sheath of Wheat Center Table by Arturo Pani
Prototype Sheath of Wheat Center Table by Arturo P...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Center Tables
Brass
Prototype Arturo Pani Attributed Steel and Lucite ...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Chairs
Lucite, Steel
Prototype Rocking Chair by Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Prototype Rocking Chair by Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Chairs
Steel
Prototype Steel and Leather 'Throne' Sling Chair b...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Chairs
Steel
Trestle Table attributed to Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Trestle Table attributed to Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Modern Console Tables
Brass, Wood
Small Crystal Table Lamp  by Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Small Crystal Table Lamp by Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1980s Mexican Modern Table Lamps
Mexican Modernist Door Panel Gold Leaf Decoration
Arturo Pani, Unknown
Vintage 1960s Mexican Hollywood Regency Paintings
Wood
Mexican Modernist Neoclassical Roman Column Floor ...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Neoclassical Floor Lamps
Brass, Marble
Mexican Modernist Neoclassical Game Table Attr Art...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Neoclassical Game Tables
Brass, Stainless Steel, Leather, Formica
Large Glass Top Hollywood Regency Spanish Revival ...
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Iron
Square Glass Top Hollywood Regency Spanish Revival...
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency End Tables
Glass, Wood, Iron
Arturo Pani-Talleres Chacón Monumental Cocktail Table

By Arturo Pani, Talleres Chacon
Arturo Pani-Talleres Chacón Monumental Cocktail Ta...
Arturo Pani, Talleres Chacon
20th Century Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass
Mid-Century Mexican Modernist Mahogany Credenza wi...
Arturo Pani, Roberto and Mito Block, Pepe Mendoza
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Bronze, Malachite, Goatskin, Mahogany
Pair of Arturo Pani Iron Column Side Tables

By Arturo Pani
Pair of Arturo Pani Iron Column Side Tables
Arturo Pani
20th Century Italian Side Tables
Arturo Pani Scalloped Floor Lamp with Table, 1940s...
Arturo Pani, Jean Royère
Vintage 1940s Mexican Neoclassical Floor Lamps
Brass, Iron
Oval Coffee Table after Arturo Pani
Oval Coffee Table after Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Brass
Mexican Modernist Round Cocktail Table, 1950s
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mirror, Brass
Pair of 1950s Brass Side Tables by Arturo Pani wit...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Mirror
Set of Metal Dining Chairs by Arturo Pani with Bra...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Metal, Leather
Mid-Century Modern Round Wrought Iron Patio Dining...
Arturo Pani
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Patio and Garden Furniture
Wrought Iron, Laminate
Pair of Table Lamps by Arturo Pani

By Arturo Pani
Pair of Table Lamps by Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Neoclassical Table Lamps
Metal
Pair of Arturo Pani Style Wrought Iron Gold Leaf L...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s French Neoclassical Table Lamps
Wrought Iron, Gold Leaf
Arturo Pani Chairs

Arturo Pani Chairs
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1940s Armchairs
Cane, Iron
Arturo Pani Iron Focal Table

Arturo Pani Iron Focal Table
Arturo Pani, Talleres Chacon
Vintage 1950s Center Tables
Glass, Iron
Arturo Pani Modern Mexican Cocktail Coffee Table Brass Base

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Modern Mexican Cocktail Coffee Table B...
Arturo Pani
20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
Pair of Side Chairs by Arturo Pani, circa 1950

By Arturo Pani
On Hold
Pair of Side Chairs by Arturo Pani, circa 1950
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Cane, Wrought Iron
Pair of Mid-Century Arturo Pani Martini Side Tables

By Arturo Pani
Pair of Mid-Century Arturo Pani Martini Side Table...
Arturo Pani
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Onyx
Mexican Modernist Dining Table in Goatskin Mahogan...
Arturo Pani, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Goatskin, Mahogany
Arturo Pani Table and Chairs

By Arturo Pani
Arturo Pani Table and Chairs
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1940s Mexican Dining Room Sets
Brass, Cotton, Iron, Marble
Mexican Modernist Bronze Starburst Table Lamps Att...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal, Brass, Bronze
Mid-Century Mexican Modernist Table Lamp with Enam...
Arturo Pani, Maggie Howe
Vintage 1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Bronze, Enamel, Rosewood
Mexican Modernist Oval Dinning Table Base Bronze a...
Arturo Pani
Vintage 1950s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Brass, Bronze, Steel, Smoked Glass, Travertine