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Paolo Deganello

1940 Este

Born in Este in 1940, the Italian architect and designer Paolo Deganello studied architecture at Florence University from 1961 to 1966. In 1966 Paolo Deganello joined Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Massimo Morozzi in founding Archizoom Associati in Florence, named after the British group of architects known as Archigram and the journal "Zoom". Archizoom was part of the radical design movement in Italy, designing anti-design furniture, such as the corner set "Safari" and the "San Remo" palm-frond lamp (both 1968 for Poltronova).
In 1973 Paolo Deganello collaborated with Gilberto Corretti on designing "Archizoon", a line in office chairs manufactured by Marcatré. By 1972 Archizoom Associati had disbanded itself. From 1972 until 1974 Paolo Deganello taught design at Florence University and the Architectural Association in London. With his students, Paolo Deganello investigated the requirements for good, comfortable seat furniture. These seat-furniture studies conducted by Paolo Deganello and his students bore fruit in such pieces as "AEO" (for Cassina), designed in 1973. In 1981 Paolo Deganello opened a studio in Florence. In 1982 Deganello designed "Torso", an asymmetrical chair for Cassina. In 1987 Deganello showed his "Documenta Chair" at "documenta 8" in Kassel. In his designs for chairs, Paolo Deganello wants the invididual structural elements of the chair to be visible and he often uses different materials for them. For Zanotta Paolo Deganello designed the unusually shaped pair of chairs "Re" and "Regina" in 1991. The legs and frames of these chairs are of steel, the seats are wickerwork, and the backs of leather.
Paolo Deganello showed work at numerous exhibitions, including "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape", the 1972 exhibition mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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