10 Facts About Angelo Donghia


Angelo Donghia was an American interior designer.

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Angelo Donghia grew up spending time at his father's tailoring shop which is where his appreciation for design grew and developed.

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Angelo Donghia realized his calling at a young age and by the time he turned 11 his father had granted him his first decorating job at the tailoring shop, for which Angelo Donghia would recall “The result was perhaps liked by some and hated by others, but that didn't bother me.

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Angelo Donghia left for New York City to study interior design at Parsons School of Design when he was 18 years old.

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In 1966, on the recommendation of Billy Baldwin, Mr Angelo Donghia designed the Metropolitan Opera Club room at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center which, with silver foil ceilings, blue chandeliers and black upholstery, was met with great acclaim.

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Angelo Donghia was made partner of the design firm, then renamed Burge-Donghia.

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Angelo Donghia was one of the first in his field to realize the importance of extending his point of view to mass-market products.

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Angelo Donghia's business continued to expand and in 1976 he opened the first of a series of Donghia Showrooms in Los Angeles.

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Angelo Donghia was the recipient of many awards during his lifetime including: the Tommy Award for Fabric Design, the Annual Euster Merchandise Mart Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Home Furnishings Industry, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by The New School of Social Research and Parsons School of Design, the Marshall Field's “Distinction and Design” Award.

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Angelo Donghia was, posthumously, inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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