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Recognised as one of the most lively and prolific Italian architects of the early twentieth century, Paolo Buffa is something of an exception.
Very much of his time, his work has not proved quite as durable as that of the majority of his peers, but he remains an important figure, and while somewhat ornate, many of his designs are original, beautifully executed and often highly refined.
An understudy of Gio Ponti, and an early collaborator with A. Cassi Ramelli, Buffa was predominantly a furniture and interiors designer, and was for years considered one of the most important of Milan’s many architects.
A significant contributor to the influential Domus design and architecture magazine, and invited to participate in the early Triennale exhibitions, his designs characterise the evolution of the trends of the period.
Known for the quality of their execution, Buffa’s furniture was much admired by a particularly wealthy stratum of the bourgeoisie, whose desire for houses furnished in a style that they considered functional and modern would always prove his default client base.
In 1947 Buffa was invited by Fede Cheti, the fabric designer, to take part - along with Albini, Buzzi, Pietro Chiesa, Cesare Lacca, Minoletti, Carlo Mollino, Ico Parisi, Rava and Guglielmo Ulrich – in exhibition at The Modern Style of Furnishing, a celebration of the rebirth of the quality of execution, the technical perfection, the inventiveness and refined elegance of Italian design.
The event was a success, and was repeated in 1948, in Paris, to public acclaim. Paolo Buffa went on to design and manage many interior and architectural projects, including the designs for the Royal Palace of King of Albania (1940), the furnishings of some of the interiors of the cruise liner Leonardo Da Vinci (1950’s), and the royal yacht Mahroussa of King Farouk of Egypt (1951/52).
With designs that seem to combine traditional, modern and futuristic elements, Buffa is today a kind of maverick, and remains very collectable.
|Height||97.00 cm||(38.19 inches)|
|Width||210.00 cm||(82.68 inches)|
|Depth||46.00 cm||(18.11 inches)|
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