Paola Navone

After graduating in 1973, Paola Navone worked as an Art Director at Centro Kappa (1975-1979). During this period she collaborated with Alessandro Mendini at "MODO" magazine. Since 1979 she has worked with Abet, a company specialising in laminate surface solutions. During this time, Navone has completed research for the Domus Studies Center on the theme of "Industry and Decor" and has also designed furniture pieces for Poliform, Alessi, Alchimia and Sottsass, Branzi, Guerriero and Knoll International. She has taught industrial decor at the Faculty of Architecture in Reggio Calabria, in 1984 she ran a course on design trends of design for fashion at the Center for Professional Formation in Modena and has collaborated with the Società Immagine Industriale focusing on product evolution in the textiles, ceramics and furnishing sectors. 

There was a shift in her approach and attitude towards creativity during the years of 1985 and 1988. She became a consultant for image and production development of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on behalf of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) and the World Bank, where she organised exhibitions, conferences, seminars and consultancy operations. In 1988, in cooperation with Giulio Cappellini, she created "Mondo" [World], an initiative which ranged from the design of furniture and objects to the image project, marketing and the management of creative staff. Between 1988 and 1998 Navone’s career literally 'exploded' in a multitude of initiatives across design, interior decoration and planning. Her Bijoux-shop designed for Salviati has just been inaugurated in Paris, the first of forty such sales outlets, while seven new Piazza Sempione sales outlets are being prepared for their opening dates in the United States. 

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