Paola Navone, London 2009
Charismatic Italian designer who adores to travel, implementing varied products and projects all over the world.
Paola Navone's website is simply a pair of eyes (of an Indian monkey god, I believe) on a wash of vivid cobalt blue. "A website is like living with the door wide open," she once told me. "I don't want everyone to come into my house." (We were at Poliform, in the King's Road, where this picture was taken, to see new furniture, all in white.) So we know this remarkable woman through her own words and work, rather than the internet. She adores travel and says she is "a natural nomad." And she has designed not only products, but interiors, exhibition and events. In person she is poetic, witty and generous.