Paolo Nava was born in Seregno in 1943, he graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, and attended the Upper Course in Industrial Design, Florence, qualifying in 1966.
He completed his training in England, working with industrial design studios.
In 1972 he founded the Citterio-Nava studio with Antonio Citterio.
From 1982 Paolo Nava continued working independently as a designer. Among his most important collaborations:
B&B Italia, Artvis, Flexform, Snaidero, Boffi, Malobbia, Xilitalia, Tonon, Poliform, Arflex, Interprofil, Frascio, Binova, De Sede, Treca, Piarottolegno, Con&Con and Confalonieri, Effegi Brevetti, Blum, KitchenAid – Whirlpool Group, Riva1920.
A fundamental aspect of his work is three-dimensional verification through the laboratory model and experimentation of materials. In his projects Paolo Nava is interested in the dialogue between his own poetic point of view and the concrete industrial and production requirements, using new concepts, technologies and materials while maintaining a different conceptual approach towards the living space in order to get to a profound transformation of use.
He is frequently invited as a lecturer in various countries, in the course of his career he won numerous international design awards. For Boffi he designed the Factory kitchen with Antonio Citterio.