This is the fabulous showroom of Donghia in New York, one of the companies we visited during BlogTourNYC. Free to roam around and explore the showroom, we had the opportunity to discover the designs that this house is famous for. Carolyn Reed, the VP for residential sales gave us an overview of the (long and complicated) history of Donghia and managed to captivate us with her infectious passion for the brand. Rarely have I heard somebody speak about a company and its founder with such in-depth knowledge and heartfelt enthusiasm.
Angelo Donghia was born in Pennsylvania in 1935 and grew up spending time in his father's tailoring shop where he found his love for design. When he was 18, he moved to New York to study interior design at Parsons School of Design. After graduating, he joined Yale-Burge Interiors where he was later made a partner and the company was renamed Burge-Donghia. When Yale Burge died in 1972, the company was changed to Donghia Associates and grew ever more successful during the 70s and 80s with a client list that included many famous names like Ralph Lauren, Halston, Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross. You can literally feel the glamour of that era in the showroom where - according to Donghia himself - the designs are heavily influenced by the 1930s. Despite all the outward glamour though, Donghia's philosophy was to create beautiful designs that will stand the test of time. Angelo Donghia was the first interior designer to be inducted into the Interior Designers Hall of Fame AFTER he died in 1985.