She is an Italian designer based in London, who has previously been a filmmaker producing independent films in the UK and Europe.
She has also been an acclaimed fashion designer, founder of the high-end shoe line Zoraide, sold in some of the most prestigious boutiques in the world. She has been often featured by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar Elle, NY Times, Wall Street Journal etc. She has also been collaborating with fashion brands like Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Vionnet and Jill Sander.
Paola was contributing editor for several years with T Magazine-NY Times and collaborating with Harper’s Bazaar. She co-published the last issue of Permanent Food with Maurizio Cattelan.
Since birth her true passion has been exploring extensively the world, finding inspirations in some of the most remoted corners, she is currently working on design projects in Colombia, Brasil, North America, Nigeria and Congo with Indigenous People.
He is currently a partner and CEO of Studio Marco Piva, a reality of architectural design, interior design and product design with about 80 employees in Milan and with offices worldwide.
Among the various activities of architect, interior designer and product design, he teaches at the Polytechnic of Milan, SPD Polytechnic School of Design, Tongji University_Shanghai, Shenzhen University_Shenzhen, Tsinghua University_Shenzhen, Barreira A + D_Valencia and collaborates with SDA Bocconi and other international universities.
He has been a member of several juries and has been coordinating the Young & Design award since 2015.
He has collaborated with some fashion brands as Aspesi, Bvlgari, Jil Sander, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni and MSGM. He was founder and artistic curator of the Spaziootto art gallery in Milan. He is the founder and director of BrUTO magazine.