Paolo Buffa / Architect / Designer
Born 1903 Milan - Died 1970 Milan

Paolo Buffa , born the son of artist Giovanni Buffa . His father having a famous studio creating works in stained glass , collaborating with Eugenio Quarti and Alessandro Mazzucotelli . His father is considered a modern innovator of applied arts early 20th century .
1927 Paolo Buffa graduates the school Politecnico Milano . The following year he begins training in the studio of Gio Ponti and Emilio Lancia. 
1928 He opens a studio with the architect Cassi Ramelli , designing private villas , residential buildings and having a strong focus on fine furniture in the neoclassic " Milanese School " style of Ponti , Lancia , Buzzi , Marelli and Franco Albini . His furniture designs always characterized by perfect execution, destined for homes of wealthy middle class with taste for modern design . Functional, comfortable and of very fine quality materials. In addition, he also designs lighting and textiles. The designs will be mainly executed by the highly skilled artisans of Mario Quarti studio Milan , and later Angelo Marelli workshop .
1930 With Cassi Ramelli , Buffa participates in " The International Exhibition of Decorative Arts " 
the future ( Triennale ) . He creates a dining room suite in Walnut and Rosewood with silvered bronze details for the competition "Modern Villa”. At this time he also begins his collaboration with Gio Ponti's Domus magazine of which he will be a major contributor in future years. 
1933 Triennale " Mostra dell Arredamento " Buffa has a solo exhibit of a corner study in Ebony with brass details. He also exhibits in the company of Buzzi, Albini and Pollini in the display hall of ENAPI , the government institution ( National Crafts and Small Industries ) , here he displays his designs for textile and furnishing fabrics .
1936 The VI Triennale he presents a living room in polychrome marble , and a dining suite , for ENAPI , a chest in rosewood with brass inlay and a series coffee tables in marble and rosewood.
At this time Buffa is considered one of the elite arbiters of modern taste , the painter Roberto Aloi director of the Hoepli publication "L'Arredamento Moderno" periodic review of modern design will dedicate more space to Buffa then any other Italian architect in future editions . 
1940 Intense collaboration with famous Mario Quarti furniture studio Milan, Buffa is the top designer, he creates the furnishings for the Royal Palace King Zoc Tirana Albania. 
1945 " Prima Mostra dell Arredamento " exhibition organized by Ico Parisi, Como, together with Buffa they design 12 environments. Displayed as real rooms in a home. The following year the exhibit transfers to Milan as " Mostra Mercato per la Reconstruzione " ( Exhibition of Reconstruction ) , among the participants including Buffa and Parisi , Cassi Ramelli, Gio Ponti and Guillermo Ulrich,  all with intent to design furniture with meaningful collaboration between architect and expert craftsman .
1947 Buffa is invited by famous creator of furnishing fabrics Fede Cheti Milan , to participate with Albini, Buzzi, Chiesa, Lacca, Minoletti, Mollino, Parisi, Rava and Ulrich in the exhibition " Lo Stile nell Arredamento Moderno " ( Style of Modern Furniture ) . Celebrating the rebirth of quality execution and technical perfection in the reinvention of precious classic Italian furniture. Between 1947-51 with Quarti Studio they create furnishing for Hotel Quirinale Rome .
1948 Fede Chetti takes the exhibition to Paris organizing the Italian Pavilion at the 34th Salon de Artistes Decorators. Exhibiting furniture, textiles, objects, art and sculpture. The French public view Buffa with high regard for beautiful design and precise execution, as a result of his experience and expertise specifically Italian . 
1950 Furnishing for the ocean liner Leonardo da Vinci .
1951-52 State rooms for the Royal " Maharoussa " yacht of King Farook of Egypt . 
1950s - 60s period Buffa will design interiors and furnishing for the Banking Institutes in the province of Lombardia , continue public and private commissions in Milan as well as interiors for refined upper class resorts and hotels .

Characteristic design details :

Early period neoclassic Lombard Milan school style, use of exotic woods. 

Late 1920s introduction of oriental stylistic detail, pagoda forms, Chinese labyrinth grid work.

1930s Compact simplified forms, square in circle and porthole motifs, continuous side plank supports sometimes with openings. Later 30s simple rectangular forms, cabinets and bars , plinth and pillar supports . Overall inlaid surface designs, intarsia, Zodiac motif, hunting scenes , geometric patterns etc. 1940s Sculpted fronts, geometric relief designs, parchment, seamless construction . 


Primary artisan workshops:

Mario Quarti, Milan

Angelo Marelli, Cantu 

 

Publications:
Domus , Milan .
L'Arredamento Moderno , R. Aloi , Hoepli , Milan
Essempi , R. Aloi ,  Hoepli , Milan
Paolo Buffa Designer 1938-1968 Marelli , Cantu
Mobili Paolo Buffa , Roberto Rizzi , Cantu