Donghia at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012

Salone Internazionale del Mobile
Quartiere Fiera Milano, Rho
Pavillion 5 Stand F09
Milano
9:30AM–6:30PM
April 17th – 22nd 2012

At Salone 2012, Donghia pays homage to the luxurious glamour of 1930's Hollywood. The cinema provided an outlet for people during the Depression; their leading characters, each with distinct styles, depicted a fantasy life that Americans lusted over.

The entrance is that of Hollywood, a luminous hall; it boasts a metallic Pewter Leaf wall covering and features Thomas, a dramatic and polished lasercut stainless steel mirror, inspired by the Chinese Chippendale style.

In the first Salon, the color palette combines pale hues of lavender with accents of silver leaf and pops of black. Here Donghia features two new upholstered pieces; the Savannah sofa and Mercer club chair. Both borrow their silhouettes from 1930’s design and incorporate sensual style and curves, distinct characteristics of Donghia furniture. The new 10 arm Giro chandelier adds even more elegance to the space. The wall displays a framed collection of black and white photographs pulled from the Donghia archives which feature Angelo Donghia’s celebrity clients from the 1970’s.

A seamless transition into the second salon, a mix of new and archival Donghia designs are highlighted as the color palette shifts to saturated shades of violet and fuchsia with black and gold leaf accents. The Bristol Sofa, originally designed in the 1970’s by Angelo Donghia is paired alongside the recently launched Lana Chair, named for the famous American actress Lana Turner as it reflects the sexiness of her glamourous films and style. Also included are the new Forma tables. The tables are triangular in shape and finished in satin brass supporting a black marble top that can be arranged in single or multiple configurations. Tall mirrors reflect the modern Fontana Chandelier, also new to the Donghia collection this season. Enhancing the salon’s archival experience, a selection of framed watercolors by Angelo Donghia from his time as an interior design student in the 1950’s at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, cover the walls.

Each room, planned meticulously, stays true to the original Hollywood concept. Like in a film, the space is a vehicle to be transported to a time of endless glamour and unsurpassed design.