Born in Rimini in 1958, Mario Cananzi studied architecture in Florence and received his degree in 1985. His thesis was based on a prototype for a motorcycle. Within a few years he had earned a Master's degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy in Milan. Since 1988, working as a freelancer in Milan, he has focused on both architectural and industrial design projects. Among his industrial furniture design clients are Edra, Vittorio Bonacina, Disform, Metals, Oliko, Masterly, Steel, Morphos, Mimo and Sawaya&Moroni.
Recently he has begun collaborating with international motorcycle companies such as Piaggio, Bimota, Yamaha and KTM. He has worked as a consultant in the planning of commercial spaces in the fashion industry for both Fiorucci and Basile.
In 1992 Mario Cananzi won the "Forum Design Prize" at the Milan Furniture Show for his armchair "Quadronda' produced with Vittorio Bonacina & c. The following year he received the "Top Ten Prize" for the sofa entitled "Tatlin" at the Cologne Furniture Fair sponsored by Dupont International.