The best business relationships are built on a personal connection. This is no different in the world of design. And a chance meeting between renowned designer Paola Navone and Jan Lintelo led to a friendship based on the love of food, cooking and travelling. ‘This is the way I always work: I get inspiration and ideas from knowing and befriending people. I have a special connection with Linteloo, a personal click with both Jan and his partner Lars. You could almost call it a love affair. All the furniture I make with LINTELOO starts with meetings with Jan and Lars.’ Graduated from Turin Polytechnic in 1973, Paola has always had a disregard for convention, which she developed during her time with the ‘antidesign’ rebels led by Mendini and Sottsass. ‘It was crazy, what we did. Working like mad to produce the utterly useless,’ she says. About the ‘useless’, we are not so sure. Nothing Paola designs could every be labelled ‘useless’, as far as Linteloo is concerned.