When I am traveling, I occasionally (okay, frequently) get so excited about what I see that I get swept up in the moment and just want to zone out and take pictures. This happened over and over again while on BlogTour NY but especially so at the Donghia show room. I was so struck by the beauty of their furniture, lighting and textiles that I seriously could have spent an entire day just taking photos. Everywhere I turned there was something that made my jaw drop.
Founded by Angelo Donghia, the Donghia brand is all about timeless luxury, craftsmanship and fine details. Since I associate Donghia furniture with a neutral palette (and I am a huge color lover) I was curious as to how the showroom would use color. I was not disappointed. The colors were perfect, although often subtle and used mostly in a supporting roll.
This room was striking with the complementary colors orange and blue. When investing in major pieces of furniture I think it makes sense to buy items that are classic and neutral. That way, when the trends change it’s a lot easier to change your wall colors and accessories than replace all your furniture.
I love the teal colored wall paper and the green and yellow painting against the deep dark green velvet sofa. We were told the artist created the painting just for this specific room vignette. Look how the lines in the painting repeat the lines on the pillows. Even the sculptural glass piece on the coffee table mimics the swirling forms on the wallpaper. No detail is random at Donghia!
This room is so calming and restful with it’s mix of neutral fabrics, gold metals and interesting shapes and lines. I love that the two mint green vases act as a subtle exclamation point of color.
One thing I noticed is that the absence of bright color allowed me to focus on all the unique details Donghia is know for…and speaking of details, look at the gold stripe peaking out from the folds of the curtains…gorgeous!
As a color lover, I can not believe how drawn I was to this black and white graphic room. Every detail from the cow hide wall covering to the tribal inspired pillows grabbed me. Also, a fun factoid, Angelo Donghia custom designed this white sofa for Ralph and Ricky Lauren’s Hampton vacation home. It became so sought after that it became part of the Donghia line and it is still one of their best sellers today.
If this room was magically transported to my home I would put a single bright yellow or hot pink pillow in the corner of that sofa and call it perfection!
Besides the room vignettes, I was in complete awe of Donghia’s lighting and the decorative treatments on the ceiling. In fact, I spent so much time walking around looking up that it is a miracle I didn’t trip over the furniture!
Every chandelier was a work of art. If you look closely the hanging crystal has tiny flecks of gold inside.
Donghia’s wall sconces were some of the most interesting I have seen.
This gold ginkgo blossom sconce is by Charles Paris and is sold exclusive through Donghia in the US.
This sconce is made of blackened brass with strips of shagreen in a color called Peony. I would love to use this sconce in a project.
Not to be out done, even the table lamps are works of art. Don’t they look like little ladies lined up at the ball?
I hope you enjoyed my little photographic tour of Donghia and I would love to hear which room or light is your favorite.