Paolo Buffa (19031970)
Biography Having completed an architecture degree at the Politechnico di Milan in 1927, Buffa worked briefly in the studio of Gio Ponti and Lancia. By 1928 he had opened a studio with the architect Antonio Cassi Ramelli. One of their notable projects was a dining room presented at the 1930 Triennale. Soon after this success, Buffa opened his own studio, keen to focus on new production models and the modernization of techniques. By the 1960s he was working with the innovative company Cassina di Meda. The quality and elegant neoclassicism of his designs, combined with his interest in new techniques meant that Buffa played a key role in carrying Italian design through into the twentieth century.