A pair of mahogany stools in the manner of Paolo Buffa
Italy c. 1940
A sculptural pair of mahogany, birch and brass-bound stools
Paolo Buffa ( 1903-1970) was a Milanese architect and furniture designer whose work Architectural Digest describes as “...a lesson in sophisticated, inventive classicism.” Despite having worked for Gio Ponti and then gaining rapid success on his own, culminating in commissions from King Zog of Albania and King Farouk of Egypt, Buffa has received less attention than his ‘mid-century’ contemporaries.
These stools display certain elements characteristic of Buffa with their classical proportions and stature, and their use of rich mahogany with pale birch. The crisp angularity of the fluted seat rails contrasts with the solid curving legs that rest in a ‘pool’ of flat reflective timber. The brass-bound concave sides of the bases, almost amoebic in form, give the stools their visual tension and a further depth of interest.
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