Paolo Buffa Italy, 1903-1970


Throughout his career, Paolo Buffa created an abundance of furniture design and played a central role in leading Italian design into the 20th century. 


Born in 1903 in Milan, Paolo Buffa received his architectural degree from the Politechnico di Milan in the late 20’s and worked briefly in the studio of architect and designer Gio Ponti. In 1928 he opened his own studio with his frequent collaborator architect Antonio Cassi Ramelli with whom he designed a dining room for the 1930 Triennale exhibit. In 1947, he participated with other designers in the exhibition "The modern style of Furnishing".


His designs are characterized by a melding of tradition and modernity. Buffa’s sophisticated furniture is known for its elegant neoclassical lines, its fine woods and beautiful marquetry. The exceptional quality of his furniture can be evoked in terms of craftsmanship as well as for the materials used. 


Stylish, comfortable and functional are adjectives unanimously used to describe Buffa’s production. The refinement of its pieces is remarkable and Buffa was able to seduce a bourgeois clientele attracted to functionalism and modernism. Versatile, he took over a wide range of architectural and interior design projects, from producing furnishings for ski-resort hotels to constructing gracious villas for the haute bourgeoisie of Italy’s northern Lombardy region. In 1952, the king of Egypt asked him to design the furnishing for his yacht. 


Paolo Buffa died in Milan in 1970. Today, he is still considered as one of the most influential designers on the 20th century.