Paolo Buffa


Paolo Buffa’s (1903-1970) love of the neoclassic is incorporated into sumptuous pieces of furniture, made in sweeping curves of rosewood with simple detailing. There is a perfect blend not only of mid-century pragmatism about pieces, but the centuries of traditions that came before.

Working initially under Gio Ponti, Buffa found early success, exhibiting in Milan’s design triennales in the 1930s, where his furniture designs were lauded for their craftsmanship. Opening his own studio in 1936, his name soon became a byword for the fine Milanese grandeur of Mussolini’s Italy. 


Following the war Buffa supported Lombardy’s struggling artisan carpenters, involving them in ambitious projects and a more mass-market approach to his furniture sales. His style – and larger studio team -  embraced minimalist mid-century fashions, all still with that keen eye for skilled workmanship and artistry.