Paola Navone born in Turin, she considers Milan as her home; she graduated in architecture in 1973 and between the Seventies and the Eighties she worked in the Alchimia group alongside Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Andrea Branzi, the most progressive set on the Italian design scene, developing a highly productive and stimulating avant-garde stance which gained her, in 1983, the prestigious Osaka International Design Award, bestowed for the first time that year. At the same time, she began her long-lasting and fruitful collaboration with Abet Laminati; from 1985 to 1988 she became consultant for Unido and the World Bank for the Philippines and Indonesia. In her long and many-sided career, she has switched easily between the roles of architect, designer, art director, interior designer, critic, teacher and organiser of exhibitions and events, both independently and for select clients.
She is Designer of the Year in 2000 for the German magazine Architektur&Wohnen. In 2011, she won the Elle Deco International Design Awards for two projects. In 2014 she has been inducted into Interior Design Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
In 2018 she won the Elle Deco International Design Awards for the category outdoor furniture. She has worked and still cooperates with the most important companies of the international and Italian stage of the design world.