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Paolo Buffa Dining Room 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.

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Creator: Paolo Buffa
Paolo Buffa for Esposizione Permanente mobili Cantù Dining Table in Oak
By Paolo Buffa, Esposizione Permanente mobili Cantù
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa for Esposizione Permanente mobili Cantù, dining table, oak, Italy, 1940s A truly remarkable piece of furniture that excels in every aspect of design: from its impeccable...
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Rare Paolo Buffa Round Dining Table with Marble Petal Base and Brass Star Inlay
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Paolo Buffa round table, brass, marble, cherry wood, Italy, circa 1940 A magnificent piece of furniture designed by Paolo Buffa. This table is...
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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 Dining Room Tables

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Marble, Brass

Dining Table by Paolo Buffa, Circa 1940s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A rare Italian design dining table by Paolo Buffa in Mahogany wood, made in the early 1940's referred as a modern design work. The piece evokes in significant ways the iconic style o...
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Italian large dining table by Paolo Buffa, 1950s
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Palermo, PA
Italian large dining table by Paolo Buffa, 1950s. Dimensions: H= 80 cm; W= 202 cm; D= 102 cm.
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Marble, Brass

1950 Paolo Buffa Permanente Cantu Midcentury Design Marble Wood Dining Table
By La Permanente Mobili Cantù, Paolo Buffa
Located in Brescia, IT
Paolo Buffa La Permanente Mobili Cantù Italy, 1950s Wood stand with brass details Circle Marble top. Excellent condiction Marble in perfect condiction, no crack and no restorations....
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20th Century Italian Rosewood Dining Table by Paolo Buffa & Serafino Arrighi
By Serafino Arrighi, Paolo Buffa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vintage Mid-Century modern Italian dining room table made of hand crafted polished Rosewood, designed by Paolo Buffa and Serafino Arrighi in good condition. The rectangular conference table is composed with its original smoked black glass...
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1950 Paolo Buffa Permanente Cantu Midcentury Italy Design Wood Dining Table
By La Permanente Mobili Cantù, Paolo Buffa
Located in Brescia, IT
Paolo buffa La Permanente Mobili Cantù Italy, 1950s Wood with brass details Gorgeus Circle top. Excellent condiction no crack and no restorations.  
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Vintage Lacquered Beech Dining Table by Paolo Buffa with Taupe Glass Top, Italy
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1950s. This table is made in black lacquered beech and features brass feet caps and details and a taupe back-painted glass top. It is a vintage item, therefore it migh...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Dining Room Tables

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Brass

Rare Italian Dining Table by Paolo Buffa in Brass
By Paolo Buffa
Located in Milano, IT
Important Italian dining table designed by the great master Paolo Buffa in the 1950s. Beautifully made by the Italian manufacture of the time. Features important lines and great wood...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Buffa Dining Room Tables

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Paolo Buffa dining room tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Buffa dining room 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 dining room tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dining room 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 dining room tables by Gio Ponti, B&B Italia, and Giovanni Offredi. Prices for Paolo Buffa dining room tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,475 and can go as high as $54,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $10,009.

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