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Paolo Buffa Chairs

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
Five chairs by Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Baranzate, IT
Stunning set of five chairs by Paolo Buffa in mahogany and upholstered fabric. Italian manufacture. C1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Paolo Buffa 8 elegant walnut chairs
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
COD-Z200 Paolo Buffa 8 elegant walnut chairs with ebony fillets and open backs. Lietti manufacture late1930s Provenance Domus Livia, Gio Ponti 1933/1938 48 x 50 h 90 seduta 47
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Walnut

Pair of Paolo Buffa Chiavari Wood Italian Chairs with Ladder High Back, 1950s
By Chiavari, Paolo Buffa
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of fantastic high-backed ladder chairs in light walnut-stained beech with original period jute rope seats. These amazing pieces were designed by Paolo Buffa Chiavari in the 1950...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Jute, Beech

Paolo Buffa Chair Wood Padded seat 1940 Italy
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Wood

Paolo Buffa Set of Six Dining Chairs in Walnut
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Paolo Buffa (1903-1970) Set of six elegant dining chairs in walnut with nice carved back and upholsterd seat. Manifactured by Serafino Arrighi, Italy, 1950's. Bibl. Mobili di ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Walnut

Paolo Buffa, Set of Four Splendid High Back Chairs in Light Wood Wit
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Paolo Buffa (1903-1970) Set of four splendid high back chairs in light wood with original straw seat in very good condition. Italy, 1940s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Straw, Wood

Rocking Chair in Cherry Wood by Paolo Buffa, c.1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Italian rocking chair in cherry wood by Paolo Buffa, circa 1950s. Dimension: H92 x W57 x D80 cm. Paolo Buffa’s (1903-1970) love of the neoclassic is incorporated into sumptuous pie...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Wood, Cherry

Italian Pair of Chiavari High Back Chairs by Gaetano Descalzi, Ebonized Mahogany
By Fratelli Levaggi, Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Elegant Mid century modern pair of Chiavari high back chairs, Italy, in ebonized mahogany . Re-upholstered Famous interpretation of the Chiavari chair by the great Milan architect P...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Ladder Back Armchairs in the style of Paolo Buffa, c.1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Pair of Italian Paolo Buffa ladder back armchairs pleasingly proportioned on cylindrical legs and softly curved ladder backs. Italian, c.1950's. Dimensions: H118 x W70 x D62 cm. Paolo Buffa’s (1903-1970) love of the neoclassic is incorporated into sumptuous pieces of furniture, made in sweeping curves of rosewood with simple detailing. There is a perfect blend not only of mid-century pragmatism about pieces, but the centuries of traditions that came before. Working initially under Gio Ponti...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Wood

Four Black Lacquered Chairs by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
Stunning modernist set of chairs by Paolo Buffa in black lacquer and full grain black leather.
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1950s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Mahogany, Lacquer, Leather

Set of Five Paolo Buffa Vintage Seats, circa 1960
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Five beautiful and fine Paolo Buffa chairs Mahogany and green Skai circa 1960 Measure: 90 x 42 x 40 cm Perfect condition!
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1960s Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Modernist Sculptural Hand-rubbed Walnut Desk Chair by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
This sleek and stylish chair by esteemed Mid-Century Modernist designer Paolo Buffa originates from italy, Circa 1950. A rare and elegant piece, the sculptural and aesthetic quality ...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Fabric, Walnut

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Walnut Wooden Lounge Chairs attr Paolo Buffa, Milan Italy 1940's
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Paolo Buffa, Set of Six Chairs
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Pair of Cane and Beech ''Spade'' High Back Chairs Made in Chiavari, Italy 1960s
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Six Sculptural Dining Chairs, Paolo Buffa Attributed Restored, Original Velvet
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Midcentury six sculptural dining chairs, Paolo Buffa attributed restored, in blond walnut, restored and wax polished with original velvet still usable. On request we can perform the ...
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Gio Ponti Italian Brass Ladder Back Chiavari Chair
By Gio Ponti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The ladder back Italian brass Chiavari chair attributed to Gio Ponti, is simple and elegant - alone making a functional statement. The chair is cover...
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Paolo Buffa Set of Six Midcentury Oak and Rush Dining Chairs, 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Madrid, ES
A rare set of six dining chairs, designed by Paolo Buffain the 1940s. Typical details for Buffa craftsmanship, including the decorative bow shaped and scalloped patterns on the back rests the carved ring pattern on the front legs and the carved finials and front seat.The smart silhouette of the oak frames is completed by the curved line of the rear legs. The rush has been professional rewoven and loks beautiful. Buffa's designs are original, beautifully executed and highly refined, combining the neoclassical with functional and modern lines..Executed in only the most valuable materials, his designs are infused with Lombardy's woodworking traditions.That makes his pieces an authentic piece author design and highly collectable. Condition: Excellent.The oak frames have been carefully restored. The rush seats are professionally rewoven and look very elegant. Bibliography. The chairs have been documented in the following bibliography:Roberto Rizzi I Mobili di Paolo Buffa, Cantú 2001, page 34. Giuglielmo Ulrich, Arredamento Mobili e Oggetti de'Arte Decorative, Edizioni Gorlich Milan 1945, figure 56. Cesare Saracchi, Mobili imbottiti Poltrone Salotti e tessutiPer l'Arredamento Gorlich Milan 1947, figure 86.Irene de Guttri and Maria Paolo Maino, Il mobili Deco...
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Italian Pair of Chiavari High Back Chairs by Gaetano Descalzi, Ebonized Mahogany
By Fratelli Levaggi, Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
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Paolo Buffa Mid-Century Modern Italian Armchair, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
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Paolo Buffa Style Mid-Century Italian Armchair Heavenly Velvet Wood, 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Paolo Buffa style mid-cemtury Italian armchair heavenly velvet wood brown 1940s.
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Set of Four Italian Paolo Buffa Style Walnut Dining Chairs
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Spectacular Pair of Paolo Buffa Armchairs, Italy, 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid pair of streamline Paolo Buffa armchairs, Sculpted wood parts. Ref: I mobili di Paolo Buffa p. 23.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

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Paolo Buffa, Chair with Cherry Wood Frame, New Upholstery, Italy, 1950s
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Rare Pair of Armchairs by Paolo Buffa in Walnut and Rope
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Paolo Buffa Set of 8 Chairs Wood Fabric Padding, 1950, Italy
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
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Paolo Buffa, Rare Pair of Wooden Chairs, 1950 ca
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Argelato, BO
Rare pair of chairs by the famous Italian architect and designer Paolo Buffa, wooden structure and rope seat, 1950s. The rope is the original one and in the meantime it has been rest...
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1950s Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Maple and Rosewood and Leather Chairs by Paolo Buffa, 1940s, Set of 6
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Montelabbate, PU
Set of six Art Deco chairs in maple and rosewood with leather-covered seat designed by Paolo Buffa, 1940s. Seat height: 52 cm. Packaging with bubble wrap and cardboard boxes is incl...
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Paolo Buffa Set of Six Dining Chairs in Wood and Green Velvet, Italy 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milan, IT
Paolo Buffa Set of Six Dining Chairs in Wood and Green Velvet, Italy 1950s
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Chairs

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Paolo Buffa Wooden Chairs in Leather and Vienna Straw
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
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Rare Pair of Paolo Buffa Dining Chairs
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Located in London, GB
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Rare Pair of Paolo Buffa Dining Chairs
Rare Pair of Paolo Buffa Dining Chairs
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Paolo Buffa Prod, Italy, ca. 1950 Two Chairs
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Paolo Buffa Prod. Italy, c. 1950. Two wooden chairs with green and cream striped fabric seat. Provenance: House designed by Arch. Luigi Caccia Dom...
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Paolo Buffa Prod, Italy, ca. 1950 Two Chairs
Paolo Buffa Prod, Italy, ca. 1950 Two Chairs
H 37.41 in W 18.51 in D 18.51 in
Paolo Buffa Pair Italian Lounge Chairs
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of Italian lounge chairs, by Paolo Buffa and upholstered in Creme Boucle. The pair are exquisitely designed with chic, yet bold detailing - The patinated quality of the wood f...
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Paolo Buffa Pair Italian Lounge Chairs
Paolo Buffa Pair Italian Lounge Chairs
H 29.5 in W 24.75 in D 30 in
Paolo Buffa, Fruitwood Dining Chairs Upholstered in Purple Velvet, 1950's
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Set of 6 1950's Italian Fruitwood dining chairs by Paolo Buffa recently reupholstered in a deep purple velvet. About the designer: Paolo Buffa is an Italian designer and archit...
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Fruitwood

Paolo Buffa chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Buffa chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Paolo Buffa were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Vittorio Dassi, Ico Parisi, and Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Paolo Buffa chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $767 and can go as high as $16,174, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,406.

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