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Paolo Buffa Furniture

Italian, 1903-1970

With a surname that loosely translates to a synonym for “bizarre” in Italian, Milanese designer and architect Paolo Buffa is best known for capturing the best of both old and new in his plush, enveloping lounge chairs and wingback chairs as well as his range of modern tables, each dazzling and provocative but built using classical techniques.

Purposely playful and airy, mid-century Italian interiors encouraged merriment and socializing. Buffa’s work was well suited to this, but unlike the postwar designers who established recognizable trademarks and signatures, his vintage furniture for Cassina and other firms — the sculptural side tables and case pieces of walnut and solid oak, the luxurious sheepskin sofas — differed considerably from one design to the next, making them appealing to a range of interior decorators and socialites with specific taste. The son of a highly sought-after artist, Giovanni Buffa, Paolo graduated in 1927 from Politecnico di Milano. He then spent time working under architects and designers Gio Ponti and Emilio Lancia. Ponti, who himself crafted thousands of furnishings and endlessly creative rooms, was so taken with the young designer that in 1928 he featured his simple and elegant rosewood dressing table in his new magazine, Domus.

After opening a firm with his regular collaborator Antonio Cassi Ramelli, Buffa became one of the leading tastemakers of Italian mid-century modern furnishings, designing for villas and residential buildings across the country. His style was a mix of Art Deco, Rationalism, neoclassicism and a bit of whimsy. He used high-quality materials and regularly worked with local ateliers known for their fine craftsmanship to produce his designs, such as Serafino Arrighi and Marelli & Colico. In 1940, he partnered with the Mario Quarti furniture studio on the royal palace of Albania’s King Zog, with Buffa designing the furniture, and in 1951, Egypt’s King Farouk enlisted him to redecorate his yacht.

While Buffa’s transcendent pieces are now collector’s items, there are a few still in production, such as those he made with Angelo Marelli. His eponymous firm, the Italian furniture producer Eredi Marelli, still manufactures some designs based on Buffa’s archives.

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Creator: Paolo Buffa
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Paolo Buffa Sideboard
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous sideboard by Paolo Buffa - Italy, 1940's Walnut with wood inlay trim throughout with signature tapered legs and brass accents. Cabinet has 3 drawers on each side of drop dow...
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1940s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Furniture

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Center Table
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Incredible table by Paolo Buffa - Italy, 1950s Sculptural solid brass base with fluted walnut wood and gorgeous black marble top.
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1950s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Furniture

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Marble, Brass

Paolo Buffa Dresser
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous sideboard or chest of drawers by Paolo Buffa, Italy, 1940's Signature curved lines and angular legs with ornate brass handles Black glass inlayed top Incredible detail and ...
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1940s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Furniture

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Mahogany

Paola Buffa Nightstands
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Fantastic pair of Paolo Buffa Nightstands - Italy, 1940s Curved shape with angular legs with brass hardware and handles Original curved glass...
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1940s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Furniture

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Ash

Paola Buffa Dresser
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Paolo Buffa chest of drawers with 4 drawers, bowtie shaped solid brass handles and original gold glass top. Curved splayed lets with brass feet. Gorgeous from all angles.
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1940s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Furniture

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Burl

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Paolo Buffa furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Buffa furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Paolo Buffa furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Paolo Buffa were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, and Arflex. Prices for Paolo Buffa furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $660 and can go as high as $77,668, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,644.

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