Spotlight on: Paolo Buffa

Paolo Buffa (1903 – 1970) was an Italian architect and furniture designer known for his elegant and sophisticated designs. After graduating from the Politecnico di Milano in the late 1920s, Buffa briefly worked for architect Gio Ponti before branching out on his own.

PAOLO BUFFA COFFEE TABLE, Walnut with glass top. Italy c 1940s, Estimate $800-1,200

In 1928 Ponti’s newly launched design magazine Domus featured a full-page spread on Buffa’s rosewood dressing table, praising it as “elegant and solid.”

Buffa’s furniture designs often featured luxurious materials such as rosewood, walnut, mahogany, and brass, combined with plush fabrics like velvet and silk. He was known for his attention to detail and his ability to create furniture that was both timeless and modern.

Buffa became known for his distinctive style that combined classical revival, traditional Italian craftsmanship and modernist aesthetics.

In addition to furniture design, Buffa also designed interiors, carpets, lighting, and even an espresso machine.

Our April 3rd Modern Design Auction features pieces designed by Paolo Buffa including a coffee table, console table, and a pair of side chairs.

PAOLO BUFFA PAIR OF SIDE CHAIRS, Lacquered fruitwood frames with gold trims and grey fabric upholstery. Italy c 1950s, Estimate $600-1,000

REBECCA STORMONT / Modern Design Specialist

Banner image: PAOLO BUFFA CONSOLE TABLE, Lacquered fruitwood with stretcher base. Six drawers with handles. Italy
c 1940s, Estimate $2,400-3,000

March 2023