Traipsing through the Donghia Showroom in the D & D Building is  always delightfully stimulating. The look is one of total glamour and chicness, yet with a conscience sense of restraint, so one never

feels they have stepped over the boundary line of good taste.


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Aside from their classic furniture designs…which are timeless and stunning… Donghia also represents a bevy of wonderful other companies that supply product to the design industry. What caught my eye as I thumbed through the hundreds of beautiful fabrics available through Donghia, was a fabulous table lamp with a huge beige ostrich feather shade and an elegant tall sculptured ceramic  base in a matching color!  This terrific lamp was a product of the English company called Porta Romana, a company that has a design sensibility right up my alley.


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Finding a company that produces lamps that look original and have just the right touch of zsazs is remarkable, as most mass produced lighting leaves me sort of cold.  Too commercial, too ordinary in presentation, too predictable in design thought…I think you get the gist.  Strangely enough, lighting is one of those products in interior design that either is inexpensive and junky looking or too expensive and clients don’t see the value in spending that kind of money.


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That is why I often try and find antique lamps for my projects, as, although they perhaps cost more, they have added value as a purchase.  However, I need to put Porta Romana up front and central as a fantastic source for beautiful lamps that speak of quality and uniqueness.  Their varied selection of gorgeous table lamps offer numerous selections that will most likely become valuable antiques of the future. Good design is good design, that’s all there is to that.


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Today I was particularly entertained by the number of whimsical lamp designs they also have…”daft” as the people at Porta Romana like to describe these designs…and the extensive shade colors and options they offer…including that fabulous feather shade!


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I also fell in love with a little beauty that had webbed feet as the base…just so fun yet classy. AND there was a particularly delightful lamp that had a black and white striped shade. Then there were the ever so petite “Dumpling Lamps”…so cute and in vibrant colored glass that I wanted to take one home with me.


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Today’s discovery was actually a rediscovery for me, as I have been familiar with Porta Romana products for many years, but was unaware that Donghia was now showcasing them in the NYC showroom.  That’s how it goes in the design biz…there is always something out there to fall in love with if you just keep on hunting and pecking.


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Porta Romana describes their mission as one “….to captivate, beguile and bewitch the world with beautiful things,…”  I think they are well on their way to achieving their goal.


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FYI, above is a picture of the Porta Romana lamp that caught my eye at Donghia.  Divine, no?  Is not the ostrich feather shade just fabu?  Imagine it in pink in a young girl’s room…very très chic I would say!


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Ciao, ciao ’til next time!