Ordinarily becomes extraordinary in Paola Navone’s world

By on January 15, 2018

At the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, 6-10 February, creates this year’s Guest of Honor; design icon Paola Navone an unique installation – Thammada. The visitor is invited into a colorful environment, where everyday things are transformed into something beyond the ordinary. It is the 15th time the fair invites a renowned international designer to design an installation at the Stockholm Fair entrance hall.

“Thammada” is the Thai word for “everyday” and embodies Paola Navone’s conceptual way of working. Living items, patterns and textures, fabrics, items and furniture coming from different worlds are mixed with each other in a friendly and colorful interior with pop elements. Paola Navone’s adventurous world makes it easy to unexpectedly turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Paola Navone was born in Turin, but later moved to Milan, although she first of all sees herself as a citizen of the world: she is driven by a great interest in the most separated cultures – especially the Eastern. She travels a lot, in strict accordance with her strong drive to exceed boundaries – and not just geographical ones. Paola Navone graduated in 1973 in Architecture at Turin Politecnico and in the 1980s she was active in avant-garde design movements Alchimia and Memphis. In 1988, she created the Mondo brand together with Giulio Cappellini. During her long and versatile career, she has shifted between the role of architect, designer, artistic leader, interior designer, critic, teacher and organizer of exhibitions and events, both independent and for selected customers. Baxter Casamilano Egizia Poliform Slide Linteloo Emu Mamoli Lando Reichenbach Poltrona Frau Barovier & Toso Kasthall Richard Ginori Essential Riva 1920 Anthropology Crate and Barrel Janus et Cie Bisazza Natuzzi Serax and Swarovski are some examples. She is artistic director of Abet Laminati, Gervasoni and Kieffer City Rubelli. Paola Navone has also made interiors and exhibition designs for, among others, Como Hotels and Resorts, Virgin, Pomellato, Pitti Immagine and Pitti Taste.

In 1983, Paola Navone won the prestigious Osaka International Design Award and she was elected Designer of the Year 2000 by the journal Architektur & Wohnen. In 2011 she won ELLE Deco International Design Awards for two projects. In 2014 she joined the Interior Design Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame. She has also received the ELLE Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA) in Shanghai, 2016 for the Baxter outdoor chair Rimini and in New York in 2017 she was awarded the NYC x Design Awards for her outdoor furniture Manila for Baxter.

Formerly Guest of Honor has been: Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Naoto Fukasawa, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Cappellini, Ineke Hans, Paul Smith, Arik Levy, Inga Sempé, Oki Sato/Nendo, GamFratesi, Ilse Crawford, Barber & Osgerby and Jaime Hayon.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair takes place 6-10 February 2018 at the Stockholm Fair.

Helena Olofsson, Gadgets | Älvsjö