"In my life, every project has started with a special meeting. With a person. With a place. With a savoir faire."
Paola Navone is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed architect, product designer, interior decorator and artist who maintains a multi-disciplinary design studio, OTTO, in Milan. After living for many years in Hong Kong, she developed a particular interest in Oriental cultures and is a self-proclaimed “global nomad.” She is known for her ability to meld together the contrasting tastes of East and West into a global, multicultural mix of styles, whilst always seeking to combine modern design with traditional handicraft. A graduate of the Turin Politecnico in Italy, Paola has worked alongside the renowned Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Andrea Branzi as part of the Alchimia Group, one of the most progressive design studios at the time known for their avant-garde point of view.
Over the years, Paola has designed successful product collections for notable brands such as Natuzzi, Roche Bobois, Emu, Molteni, Cappellini-Mondo, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, i Guzzini, Gervasoni, Driade, Baxter, Habitat and Bontempi, among others. In addition to furniture, her portfolio includes a broad spectrum of other products, from china, clothing and beds to fabrics, rugs, lamps and jewelry. She also carries out interior design work for showrooms and exhibitions. Paola has acted as a leading Art Director for clients including Armani Casa, Richard Ginori, Gervasoni and Abet Laminati (a leading high-pressure laminates company). As an interior designer, her projects have included restaurants in Milan, Athens and Mykonos, Greece. She has designed showrooms for Piazza Sempione in Milan, Dusseldorf, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo and the USA. Her designs for Dodo branded jewelry stores for Pomellato have opened in London, Milan, Florence, Bergamo, Lecce, Bologna, Dusseldorf and in the USA.
Well recognized by the international design community, Paola is a boundary-crossing designer known for her unique, intuitive designs. Culture + Commerce has brokered a number of hospitality projects worldwide, including the COMO Hotels in Miami and Phuket, Thailand, Cerise at the Virgin Hotel in Chicago, as well as product collections for Crate & Barrel, Janus et Cie and Anthropologie.