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Midcentury Fabric Black Shellac and Brass Italian Chairs, 1950

$4,578.66per set


Very elegant and refined chairs by Paolo Buffa, with an all-Italian style, with a magnify backrest in black wood and brass. Very special and refined sets of four chairs; all-wood structure, differentiated in polishing, light-colored front part while the back part is polished in black shellac. The backrest has a brass part inside. The seat was covered with a precious velvet fabric with geometric designs and a black cord finish that takes the whole perimeter of the seat. The color of the fabric is white. The chair has been restored respecting the canons of the period of construction of this. The expert craftsman of our interior workshop has been able to perfectly capture the type of restoration in the wooden part, maintaining the state but perfectly re-polishing the beech wood, and making sure that the upholstery is ready for many years to come. For each piece, before the departure, a revision is redone, to make sure it arrives in excellent condition.


  • Creator
    Paolo Buffa (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 37.01 in. (94 cm)Width: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Depth: 18.51 in. (47 cm)Seat Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Restored, Reupholstered.
  • Seller Location
    Rome, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU952813953292

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    Ships From: Rome, Italy
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About the Designer

Paolo Buffa

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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