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Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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
Wall Mounted Credenza by Paolo Buffa for Serafino Arrighi, Italy, 1950's
By Paolo Buffa, Serafino Arrighi
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Paolo Buffa wall-mounted ribbed credenza in patinated, brass and glass, by master woodmaker Serafino Arrighi, 1950's What stands out in this small wall mounted credenza is the rib...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

1950s Paolo Buffa Herringbone Book-Matched Walnut Bar Cabinet w/ Fencing Motif
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
This rare and stunning Mid-Century Modern bar cabinet was designed by the legendary Paolo Buffa and realized in Italy, circa 1950. It offers a square volumetric body sitting on taper...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Bronze

Italian Mid-Century Cabinet by Paolo Buffa, c.1930s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Italian mid-century cabinet made by Paolo Buffa in cherry wood, circa 1930s. Dimension: W102 x D40 x H153 cm.  
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Wood

Italian Mid-Century Modern Tall Sideboard Cabinet Designed by Paolo Buffa, 1950
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Magnificent Italian sideboard designed by Paolo Buffa in the 50s. Underlining the upper floor is wood veneer arranged in a herringbone pattern. The doors have three panels each embel...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Wardrobe in Oak
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa, wardrobe or armoire, oak, Italy, 1940s This rare wardrobe has a subtle decorative character and is created by the talented Italian designer and architect Paolo Buffa ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Oak

Paolo Buffa Cabinet in Stained Ash
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa, cabinet, stained ash, Italy, 1940s. This rare cabinet has a subtle decorative character and is created by the talented Italian designer and architect Paolo Buffa (190...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Ash

Italian 1940s Cabinet by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
A fine 1940s Italian cabinet by Paolo Buffa Resting on slender tapered legs with deep brass sabot feet. This piece has wonderful four panelled doors finished in horizontal book mat...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Wood

Solid Wood Sideboard with Drawers by Paolo Buffa for Serafino Arrighi, 1948
By Paolo Buffa, Serafino Arrighi
Located in Berlin, DE
Rare and extravagant sideboard with drawers, made of stained solid wood. Six equally sized drawers with extraordinary surface design and round knobs, stable design of the sides. ...
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1940s Italian Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Wood

Paolo Buffa Eight-Legs Grande Credenza in Wood, Brass and Glass, Italy, 1950's
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Paolo Buffa (1903-1970) architect, designer Paolo Buffa was the son of artist Giovanni Buffa, long-considered a modern innovator of early 20th century applied arts. The elder Buff...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Grande Credenza by Paolo Buffa in Wood, Brass and Glass, Italy, 1950's
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Paolo Buffa (1903-1970) architect, designer Paolo Buffa was the son of artist Giovanni Buffa, long-considered a modern innovator of early 20th century applied arts. The elder Buffa ...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Wardrobe in Walnut and Brass
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa, wardrobe, walnut, ashwood and brass, Italy, 1950s This grand wardrobe is executed in warm Italian walnut with brass details. The doors are finished with vertical wooden...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Set of 2 Extra Large Credenza's in Walnut and Mahogany, Italy, 1956
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Exceptional pair of high credenza's by Paolo Buffa in very good condition. What notices most is the size and the quality of these magnificent works of art. They are high and mighty a...
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1950s Italian Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Bar Cabinet, Italy, 1950s-1960s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
Paolo Buffa bar cabinet with gold star detailing. Incredible cabinet in perfect condition. This is a rare piece and not many of this model were made.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Mahogany

Mahogany and Sycomore Bar Cabinet by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Montreal, QC
Mahogany and Sycomore Bar Cabinet by Paolo Buffa decorated with fencing scenes. Interior fitted with four movable shelves Italy: circa 1950 Provenance: Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles Pri...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Mahogany

P. Buffa Cabinet Maple Italy 1950s
By Paolo Buffa, Marelli & Colico
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant buffet with hinged doors at the bottom and flap doors at the top. Mahogany veneered wood and drawers in Rio Rosewood, precious decorative motif inlaid on the perimeter of the...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Vintage Bookcase Cabinet in Wood by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful wooden bookcase cabinet designed by Paolo Buffa in the 50's, fine Italian manufacture. Provenance is from the house on Lake Como. The structure is totally made of bleached...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Wood

Free Standing Cabinet Bar by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
Fine mahogany free standing cabinet bar by Paolo Buffa made in Italy, circa 1950s. Opposing doors swing open to reveal mirrored and fitted interior which features inlay drawers, and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Neoclassical Paolo Buffa Cabinets

Italian Rosewood and Parchment Cabinet by Paolo Buffa circa 1940
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very good labeled Paolo Buffa for Arrighi Serafino rosewood and parchment front cabinet circa 1940. Having upper open shelf with sliding glass doors over two doors. The doors with ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Rosewood, Parchment Paper

Paolo Buffa Vintage Wood and Brass Cabinet
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Enchanting vintage 6-door wooden cabinet designed in the 1950s by the great designer Paolo Buffa, fine Italian manufacture. The closet is made entirely in the light-colored fine woo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Vintage Pearwood, Glass and Brass Cabinet
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Charming 5-door vintage pear wood cabinet designed in the 1950s by the great designer Paolo Buffa, fine Italian manufacture. The cabinet is made entirely in the light pear wood fram...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Drinks Cabinet
By Paolo Buffa, Mario Quarti
Located in New York, NY
Pyramid studded varnished wood body, gilded wooden legs, with two doors and bottom drop-down shelf, featuring interior glass shelves and original key. Literature: R. Aloi, l’Arred...
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1840s Italian Antique Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Glass, Wood

Extraordinary Trumeau by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Rare trumeau by Paolo Buffa. Palisander with brass inlay by Giovanni Gariboldi. Brass sabots. Similar example I mobili di Paolo Buffa di R . Rizzi pag56
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

1950 Paolo Buffa Cabinet Bar
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1950 Paolo Buffa cabinet bar in wood , mirror details and brass sabot interior mirrored with light system included vintage condition.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Italian Design Midcentury Cabinet Vitrine Attributed to Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Rome, IT
Well designed and finished with valuable materials. Ormolu-mounted, carved and inlaid with rare woods. Paolo Buffa was named one of the most important designers in Italy. Architec...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Cabinet by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in London, GB
Exceptional cabinet by Paolo Buffa in walnut with mahogany interior and brass detail. Italy circa 1950. Measures: height 133cm, width 26cm, depth 45cm.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Hardwood

Pair of Cabinet Paolo Buffa Design Mid-Century Modern Bar Furniture
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Pair of cabinet Paolo Buffa design Mid-Century Modern bar furniture, mahogany and brass. It has a large flap door that hides an elegant mirrored bar with glass shelf, noteworthy car...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

Italian Design Midcentury Cabinet Vitrine Attributed to Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Rome, IT
Well designed and finished with valuable materials. Ormolu-mounted, carved and inlaid with rare woods. Paolo Buffa was named one of the most important designers in Italy. Archit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Five-Door Armoire by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in San Francisco, CA
A five-door panelled armoire by Paolo Buffa in horizontal grain mahogany. The cabinet has multiple inlaid brass floral patterns in the centre of each panel. The centre section is out...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Cabinets

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Brass

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Paolo Buffa cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

Paolo Buffa cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Paolo Buffa cabinets there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original cabinets by Paolo Buffa were created in the Mid-20th Century in Italy in the Modern style.. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider cabinets by Ico Parisi, Willy Rizzo and Osvaldo Borsani. The prices for Paolo Buffa cabinets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,187 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9,763. 1stDibs

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