Paola Navone is the exception on the Italian design scene. For the past thirty years she has been a welcome feature of the otherwise male-dominated Italian design elite. In the 80s, Navone was active in the avant-garde design movements Alchimia and Memphis.
Due to her early experience, Paola Navone has a particular talent for rediscovering design from the past and bringing it to life in new, contemporary forms. This process always relies heavily on traditional handicrafts and has proved very successful. Today, she works as an interior designer and consultant to furniture and material manufacturers, and always tries to combine modern design with traditional handicraft. She strives to create hybrids of design and handicraft.
But Paola Navone is not just a fervent advocate of handicrafts, she also believes that you can learn a lot from industry and
its technical processes.
Her intuition is widely known, and she was one of the first to create large furniture for the lounge.
She was also a pioneer of shabby-chic, and she was well before her time when the Otto furniture series, her first series for Gervasoni, was introduced in 1997.
As a boundary-crossing designer, her portfolio includes a broad spectrum of products, from china, clothing and beds to fabrics, lamps and jewellery, plus interior design work for showrooms and exhibitions.