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Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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.

Find a collection of vintage Paolo Buffa furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Paolo Buffa
Italian Art Deco Teak and Maple Coffee Table By Paolo Buffa , 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Meda, MB
This Art Deco coffee table was produced in Italy in the 1950s by Paolo Buffa. It is completely made of Teak wood, with a fine maple line decoration on the top. We also have availabl...
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1950s Italian Art Deco Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Maple, Teak

Paolo buffa coffee table with painted and gilded wood and a mirrored glass top
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
A magnificent coffee table with a classic taste, crafted from painted and gilded wood with a mirrored glass top. Produced in Italy according to the design by Paolo Buffa, this small ...
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1950s Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror, Wood

Paolo Buffa CoffeeTable Italy Mid-Century Modern
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Lucca, IT
Paolo Buffa Coffee Table Italy Mid -Century Modern ,The round CoffeeTable is very italian Style is very nice , for all home . Questo tavolo di ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Nutwood

Grid Pattern Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Long Island City, NY
The Grid Pattern Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa features a glass top supported by tapered legs. About Paolo Buffa: Paolo Buffa was an Italian architect, designer, and decorator, born ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Spider Legs Round Wood Coffee Table, Paolo Buffa for Brugnoli, Italy 1950's
By Brugnoli Mobili Cantú, Paolo Buffa
Located in Ceglie Messapica, IT
Paolo Buffa spider legs coffee table for Brugnoli, Italy 1950's A rare and beautiful spider leg coffee table designed by Paolo Buffa for "Brugnoli mobili" manufacturer. Iconic ita...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood, Glass

Paolo Buffa Wooden Coffee Table with Squares Top, Italy, 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milan, IT
Paolo Buffa beautifully executed wooden coffee table with squares top, Glass protective top. Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Wood

Paolo Buffa Rare Pink Glass Coffee Tables for Arrighi
By Paolo Buffa, Serafino Arrighi
Located in Milano, IT
Very rare pair of triangular coffee tables designed by the great Paolo Buffa for Serafino Arrighi production, with surveyed drawing attesting to the authenticity of the piece. The sm...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Mirror, Wood

Paolo Buffa Glass Coffee Table, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Wonderful glass coffee table designed by Paolo Buffa in the 1950s. The table is made of walnut wood and the supporting structure has two rounded wooden legs. Under the two legs the...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Opaline Glass, Walnut

Mid Century Italy Tripode Round Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa for Brugnoli, Cantù
By Brugnoli Mobili Cantú, Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid century tripode round coffee table crystal top in blond walnut attributed to Ico Parisi for Brugnoli Mobili Cantu`, circa 1950, wax polished.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Beech

Art Deco Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa per Cassina in Mahogany with Onix Top
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Very elegant 1940s Italian design table by Paolo Buffa per Cassina with oval shaped rosa coloured onix top . Stunning carved stem with golden brass feet finish. The table is signed ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Onyx

Paolo Buffa Coffee Table Wood Glass 1950, Italy
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Paolo Buffa coffee table wood glass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

1940s Mid-Century Coffee Table Centre Table by Paolo Buffa, Walnut wax-polished
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Vigonza, Padua
1940s Mid-Century Art Deco coffee table by Paolo Buffa in walnut with glass top , restored and polished to wax. Measure cm: H 48 x D 68.
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Side Table by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Italian side table by Paolo Buffa for the Hotel Bristol. Etched rectangular glass with stars and circles motives hold by a mahogany pedestal base...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Brass

Paolo Buffa Wood Coffee Table, Italy 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milan, IT
Paolo Buffa side table, Italy 1940s.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Wood

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Art Deco Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa per Cassina in Mahogany with Onix Top
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1940s Mid-Century Coffee Table Centre Table by Paolo Buffa, Walnut wax-polished
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Italian large dining table by Paolo Buffa, 1950s
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Black Painted Wood Coffee Table with Blue Glass Top
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Paolo Buffa Midcentury Beechwood Italian Round Coffee Table for Brugnoli, 1950s
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Paolo Buffa Glass Coffee Table, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
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Italian Side Table by Paolo Buffa Attr. in brass
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Paolo Buffa's Wooden Coffee Table with Opal Glass Top
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Mid-Century Modern "Spider" Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa for Brugnoli, 1950s
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Paolo Buffa Pair of Rare Blue Glass Coffee Tables for Arrighi
By Serafino Arrighi, Paolo Buffa
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Very rare pair of trinagular coffee tables designed by the great Paolo Buffa for Serafino Arrighi's prized production, with surveyed drawing attesting to the authenticity of the piece. The small tables are very beautiful and distinctive, made entirely of a fine light wood that is very durable and beautiful. There are 3 supporting legs of very rigid and geometric conical strut shape. The wood shows obvious darker grains simply wonderful, which makes the table even more rare. The top has a triangular shape as well, on which a very beautiful and eye-catching blue...
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Armchair and Coffee Table in Ash Wood and Woven Straw by Paolo Buffa
By Paolo Buffa
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Rare Italian Design Round Large Sofa Table or Coffee Table by Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
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1950's Rare Italian Paolo Buffa Side Table
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Paolo Buffa Coffee Table in Light Wood and Glass Late 40's
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Paolo Buffa coffee and cocktail tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Buffa coffee and cocktail tables 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 coffee and cocktail tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original coffee and cocktail tables 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 coffee and cocktail tables by Cesare Lacca, Carlo De Carli, and Vico Magistretti. Prices for Paolo Buffa coffee and cocktail tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $990 and can go as high as $14,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,513.

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