"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 spacepeeling walls, rough floor tilesand 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.