Paris-based designer, Raphael Navot was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1977. In 2003, he graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven with a Bachelor’s degree in Conceptual Design. Post graduation, he settled in the French capital, where he began to explore the disciplines of design and interior architecture, arriving at a unique juncture where the creative process is informed by the employment of noble, raw materials and traditional, man-made techniques.
Navot’s proximity to some of Europe’s best ateliers has greatly influenced his work and today his bespoke spaces, furniture and objects, are realized in collaboration with these craftsmen, whose mindset, methods and unique savoir-faire resonates within each piece. Vastly diverse, his portfolio of work includes projects such as the creative direction and interior design of David Lynch’s celebrated Parisian nightclub Silencio, a highly technical line of End Grain flooring for Oscar Ono, and a collection of artisanal carpets for Galerie Diurne.
In 2018, Navot brought his creative vision and artisanal sensitivity to Roche Bobois, designing a unique line of furniture — 35 pieces in all, including sofas, tables, rugs and lamps — and redesigning the brand’s left-bank flagship store in Paris.
In recent years, notable interior design projects, such as the Hotel National des Arts et Métiers, in Paris, and the library and art gallery at the Domaine des Etangs estate, in Massignac, France, have provided Navot with an opportunity to execute everything from the concept and design of the space to the custom furniture and fittings. He brings the same approach to forthcoming projects, like a new luxury hotel in Cannes and private residences in Tel Aviv and Paris. Each space and element exists as a unique and challenging body of work, defined by a return to the purity of form and an exceptional regard for high craft.
© Vincent Leroux