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Paolo Deganello

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Paolo Deganello

*  1940 Este

The Italian architect and designer Paolo Deganello studied architecture at Florence University from 1961 until 1966. In 1966 Paolo Deganello joined Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Massimo Morozzi in founding Archizoom Associati in Florence, named after Archigram, the British group of architects, and the journal "Zoom". Archizoom belonged to the radical design movement in Italy. Apart from utopian architecture projects, Archizoon designed anti-design furniture, such as "Safari", a modular corner group, and "San Remo" (for Poltronova), a palm-frond lamp, in 1968. By 1972 Archizoom Associati had disbanded itself. Collaborating with Gilberto Corretti, Paolo Deganello designed "Archizoom", a line in office chairs that was made in 1973 by Marcatré. From 1972 until 1974 Paolo Deganello taught design at Florence University and at the Architectural Association in London. Along with his students, Paolo Deganello investigated the requirements for good, comfortable seat furniture: in 1973 the result of this research into seat-furniture design was "AEO" (for Cassina). In 1981 Paolo Deganello opened a studio of his own in Florence. For Cassina Paolo Deganello "Torso", an asymmetrical chair, in 1982. In the chairs he designs, Paolo Deganello often showcases the individual structural elements by using different materials for them. Paolo Deganello designed the "Documenta Chair" for documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987. In 1991 Paolo Deganello created (for Zanotta) "Re" and "Regina", a quirky pair of chairs, for which he used steel for the legs and frame, wickerwork for the seats, and leather for the backs. In 1972 Paolo Deganello took part in the exhibition "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape" at the New York Museum of Modern Art.