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Paola Navone: Mastering the Vintage-Modern Mix

Paola Navone is a visionary who works for clients ranging from old-school Richard Ginori 1735 to modern-minded Knoll. Here's a close look at two spaces she designed.
Ted Allen


slideshow Tour two spaces designed by Paola Navone


"My approach is to mix the new and old," says Italian design star Paola Navone, who applies that strategy to everything from tableware to interiors. For Richard Ginori 1735, the centuries-old Italian porcelain company, she replaced traditional landscape scenes on iconic shapes with a playful scroll motif. Her vision for the Milan restaurant Pane e Acqua keeps elements of the old tobacco shop that once occupied the space—peeling walls, rough floor tiles—and adds a mix of modern and vintage furnishings.

Navone, who has been designing for more than 35 years, is a genius at making a space feel fresh with the smallest touches. In her own Paris loft, with its rustic, whitewashed walls, she installed a stainless-steel-and-marble modular kitchen she created for Ciatti A Tavola that includes surprises like red faucet handles and yellow nautical-rope drawer pulls.

From furniture for Knoll International to dinnerware for Reichenbach, Navone updates classics with a sense of whimsy.

Published October 2010
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