Gifts Today magazine

Ambiente 2016: Paola Navone to design Italy's presentation

Paola Navone has been chosen to create the special presentation for Italy, the partner country of Ambiente 2016.

Detlef Baun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, announced this officially at a press conference in her home town, Milan: “Italy and Germany are linked not only by important cultural and economic relationships. Italy is also a country renowned for outstanding design.

“Therefore, we are delighted that Paola Navone, a personality of high standing on the international design scene, has agreed to create the Ambiente Partner Country presentation.”

The presentation of products distinguished by particularly good design is an important aspect of the world’s leading trade fair for consumer goods and Paola Navone is looking forward to this exciting project: “The know-how that makes the Italian design industry unique in the world will be the protagonist at the partner country presentation. With its many companies big and small. With its endless stories to tell. Stories of centenary craft traditions of entrepreneurs, of courageous complicity between creation and production that have built in so many ways - and still build - the history of design in Italy.”

With her creations, Navone has not only made a name for herself on the Italian design scene. Back in the eighties, she developed her own unique, internationally acclaimed style. During her career, she has worked for companies such Alessi, Egizia, Natuzzi, Reichenbach and Roche Bobois. Moreover, she has been the creative director of the Italian furniture manufacturer, Gervasoni, since 1998.

Paola Navone has ties to Ambiente going back many years. She has curated and designed several special presentations for Messe Frankfurt, including the product displays of the ‘extra – soft touch’ and ‘extra – remix’ series at Ambiente 1997 and 2001 respectively. She also designed Café Waterbar at Ambiente 2005.


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