Design Icon: Paolo Buffa
Read the story of Italian architect and designer Paolo Buffa, from his debut in the world of design at the end of the 1920s in the studio of Gio Ponti and Emilio Lancia, to the opening of his own studio in mid 1930s. Discover a selection of Buffa's designs that today are manufactured by cabinet maker Eredi Marelli, the evolution of an original artisanal workshop founded in 1934 in Cantù, the heart of the famous furniture-making district close to Milan.
While professionally dedicated to the construction of architectural works, especially housing and private villas and venturing further into complex residential buildings, Buffa was expecially passionate about furtniture and product design, an area where he remained faithful to a figurative repertoire of substantial classicism, while not disdaining impulses of authentic modernity, ranging from different eras and styles, which would become an inexhaustible source of inspiration over time. His pieces are
His vision reached its peak in 1947 with the participation in the exhibition "Lo stile nell'Arredamento Moderno" alongside other stellar names including Gio Ponti and Franco Albini. The exhibition was created with the intention of celebrating the design flair and importance of exceptional quality in product design, and is still remembered today as an essntial snapshot of Italian style in furnishings. Modern designs associated with perfect execution, the pieces presented by Paolo Buffa included a drop-down desk in opaque rosewood with maple interiors, in which thin thicknesses with curved surfaces are reconciled and proposed in an unusual freestanding version.