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Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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
A Paolo Buffa Blond Credenza with Rose Mirror Top
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Stamford, CT
A Paolo Buffa 6 drawer blond credenza with "wave" pulls and rose mirror top. Circa 1950. Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Credenza Italiana in pergamena intarsiata disegnata da Paolo Buffa nel 1950
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Traversetolo, IT
Magnifica credenza italiana disegnata da Paolo Buffa ed eseguita probabilmente su commissione di alto livello dall'Associazione Artigiani Canturini...
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1950s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Brass

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

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Eight-Legs Grande Credenza in Wood, Brass and Glass, Italy, 1950's
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Uithoorn, 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 was renowned for his studio works in stained glass, often collaborating with Eugenio Quarti and other important architects. After graduating in 1927 from Politecnico di Milano, Paolo began training in the studio of Gio Ponti and Emilio Lancia. The following year he opened his own studio with the architect Cassi Ramelli, designing private villas and residential buildings with a strong focus on fine furniture done in the neoclassical style of the Milanese School and its luminaries: Ponti, Lancia, Buzzi, Marellin, and Albini. His designs (which included lighting and textiles) were characterized by perfect execution, for homes of the wealthy middle class with a taste for modern design, that blended functionality and comfort with quality materials. His pieces were primarily executed by the highly skilled artisans of the Mario Quarti studio in Milan, by Serafino Arrighi, and later by the Angelo Marelli workshop. In 1930 Buffa and Cassi Remelli participated in The International Exhibition of Decorative Arts,which would later become the Triennale di Milano. At this time he also began his first collaboration with Gio Ponti's Domus magazine, to which he would contribute many writings in the years to follow. The 1933 Triennale, "Mostra dell Arredamento," presented a solo exhibition on Buffa, as well as a group show that featured his textile designs alongside works by Buzzi, Albini, and Pollini in the display hall of the government institution National Crafts and Small Industries (ENAPI). By the time of his participation in the 1936 VI Triennale, Buffa was considered one of the elite arbiters of modern taste and style. The painter Roberto Aloi, director of “L’Arredamento Modern” (the Hoepli periodic review of modern design) dedicated more space to Buffa in his publication than to any other Italian architect in future editions. 1940 saw an intense collaboration with the acclaimed Mario Quarti furniture studio in Milan, in which Buffa created the furnishings for the Royal Palace of King Zog, in Tirana, Albania. In 1945 Ico Parisi organized the exhibition "Prima Mostra dell Arredamento" in Como. Together he and Buffa designed 12 environments, displayed as real rooms in a home. The following year the show travelled to Milan as “Mostra Mercato per la Reconstruzione” (Exhibition of Reconstruction). In addition to Buffa and Parisi, among the participants were Cassi Ramelli, Gio Ponti, and Guillermo Ulrich, all working under an objective to foster a profound collaboration between architect and expert craftsman. In 1947 Buffa was invited by esteemed textile designer Fede Cheti to participate in the exhibition “Lo Stile nell Arredamento Moderno” (The Style of Modern Furniture), celebrating the rebirth of quality execution and technical perfection in the reinvention of classic Italian furniture...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Credenza Sideboard
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Carpi, IT
Paolo Buffa's wooden credenzas from the 1950s are exceptional examples of his talent as a designer and craftsman in the field of furniture and interior design. During this period, Pa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Wood

Paolo Buffa: Imposing Four-Door Cabinet in Walnut and Polished Brass, Italy 1950
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
Paolo Buffa (1903 - 1970) A large and imposing sideboard by Milanese architect and designer Paolo Buffa, in walnut with round mirror-polished brass handles. The buffet's long, rect...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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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 Uithoorn, 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 Credenzas

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Brass

Wall Mounted Credenza by Paolo Buffa for Serafino Arrighi, Italy, 1950's
By Serafino Arrighi, Paolo Buffa
Located in Uithoorn, 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 w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Brass

Italian Mid-Century Sideboard by Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Traversetolo, IT
In the 1950s, Paolo Buffa designed this stylish Italian mid-century sideboard. There is a great deal of elegance in this piece. The sinuous lines of the sides and the refined combination of different shades of wood make this piece special. It's also noteworthy that the brass parts were cast in lost wax (it almost appears that they were made by a goldsmith). Very well-kept conditions, completely restored, ready to use. The large sideboard, the dining table, and the chairs are also available, currently undergoing restoration. Literature "I mobili di Paolo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Sideboard with Mirror Attributed Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful sideboard with mirror i by Paolo Buffa, 1950s. The piece is really rare and important. The sideboard cabinet is supported by two major foot socks with bronze. Handmade edge...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Rare Italian Mid-Century Modern Sideboard/ Bar / Console by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in New York, NY
An Elegant, Timeless and Enchanting Italian Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical cabinet / bar / sideboard / credenza / console / sofa table by Paolo Buffa, circa 1950. The cabinet / ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Credenzas

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Marble

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Paolo Buffa credenzas for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Buffa credenzas 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 credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original credenzas 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 credenzas by Vittorio Dassi, Osvaldo Borsani, and Ico Parisi. Prices for Paolo Buffa credenzas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $7,572 and can go as high as $55,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $23,950.

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