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Paolo Buffa for Esposizione Permanente mobili Cantù Dining Chairs

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Paolo Buffa for Esposizione Permanente mobili Cantù, set of twelve dining chairs, chestnut, woven straw, Italy, 1940s Crafted by the visionary Italian designer and architect Paolo Buffa (1903-1970), these chairs exude a refined decorative allure with a rustic inclination. This design stands out for its exquisite craftsmanship, showcasing intricate woodcarvings and the use of natural materials. The backrest is decorated with two gracefully undulating carved slats, featuring a carved loop with apertures, serving as the defining traits of these pieces. This distinctive motif immediately identifies it as a creation of Buffa, a design element favored by acclaimed Italian designers of that era, including Lina Bo Bardi, Carlo Pagani, and Mario Quarti. Buffa employed a rustic aesthetic by using specific materials, including chestnut and woven straw. The wood reveals a remarkably naturalistic visual texture, showcasing the intricate wood grains and a delightful, age-appropriate patina. The deceptively uncomplicated appearance masks a sophisticated fusion of materials and exquisite carvings. In every stylistic detail, these chairs possess the precise charm and vitality required to encapsulate the essence of 1940s Italian design. Paolo Buffa (born 1903, Milan – died 1970, Milan), a distinguished figure in the world of Italian furniture design and architecture, graced the scene with his unmistakable style for a span of almost fifty years. Buffa’s artistic repertoire is notably distinguished by his expert fusion of neoclassical and sleek Art Deco formal elements. Crafted with finesse and elegance, Buffa’s premium-quality pieces were fashioned from refined materials, with the explicit purpose of furnishing the homes of a discerning and affluent clientele. These furniture creations were tailored to meet the demands of individuals who were inclined towards contemporary aesthetics, functionalism, and comfort. Buffa’s creative repertoire extended beyond furniture design to architecture, and he undertook an array of commissions that spanned public buildings, as well as villas and country homes. Paolo Buffa’s formative years were spent amidst an artistic milieu, having been born to Giovanni Buffa, a renowned draftsman of ex- ceptional talent. Giovanni Buffa shared ownership of a highly pros- perous workshop dedicated to the creation of exquisite stained glass artistry. Among his notable works are the stained glass windows of the illustrious Duomo di Milano, a historic cathedral located in Milan. Such a creative household fostered an environ- ment of artistic excellence, which undoubtedly played a crucial role in shaping Paolo Buffa’s artistic sensibilities. Buffa’s artistic training commenced at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and he eventually obtained his degree from the Politecnico di Milano in 1927. After gaining experience working in his father’s studio, Buffa went on to work as an apprentice at the Ponti e Lancia studio, which was jointly owned by the celebrated architects Gio Ponti (1891- 1979) and Emilio Lancia (1890-1973). This experience proved to be a significant turning point in Buffa’s career, as he drew inspiration from Lombard Neoclassicism and was exposed to the ideas and concepts of some of the most prominent architects of the region. He assimilated these teachings and employed them in his own work, which was characterized by a fusion of traditional Lombard woodworking techniques and modern design aesthetics. In 1928, Paolo Buffa founded his own design studio in Milan in partner- ship with architect Antonio Cassi Ramelli (1905-1980). Here, they pro- duced an extensive collection of furniture designs that drew inspiration from the classical revival style, albeit with a softened touch. In 1936, Buffa branched out on his own to establish an independent studio. He made a name for himself by showcasing his work at exhibitions, including the prestigious Triennale di Milano. Buffa’s furnishings were numerous and varied, but always tailored to the specific needs and desires of his discerning clients. Each piece was crafted to perfection by highly skilled artisans, such as cabinetmakers Turri Mosè, Fratelli Lietti, Quarti, Serafino Arrighi, Colico, and Angelo Marelli. Buffa’s passion for design persisted throughout his life, and he remained actively engaged in the field until his death in 1970.
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 38.59 in (98 cm)Width: 18.51 in (47 cm)Depth: 19.49 in (49.5 cm)Seat Height: 17.13 in (43.5 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 12
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1940S
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftspeople in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. Check ‘About the item’ or ask our design specialists for detailed information on the condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 501151241stDibs: LU933139704502
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