2018 saw Porta Romana celebrate its 30th Birthday. Read below to discover more about our exceptional year from fundraising £30,000 for SOS Africa to our Chronicle collection.
To mark our three decade history, we embarked on cultural collaborations with two quintessentially British Institutions
The first is a donation to the Royal Academy, who were celebrating their 250th Anniversary. We donated 5 Urchin Chandeliers to the Academy and we feel honoured that a Porta Romana chandelier will be enjoyed by visitors for years to come.
The second collaboration was a partnership with Grange Park Opera, a new woodland opera house, in the grounds of West Horsley Place, close by to our Head Quarters in Surrey.
Our Beatrice Wall Lights fill the auditorium, providing a beautiful glow to this magical and enchanting space.
To celebrate this esteemed anniversary we commissioned, Artist Chris Gilvan-Cartwright aka The Baron Gilvan to create our 30th anniversary branding.
We launched our newest collection Chronicle in two parts, the collection embraces the bold spirit of Porta Romana in a collection that defines timeless elegance, fusing heritage pieces with original and unique designs.
Eclectic and imaginative, the collection re-invents distinctive Porta Romana silhouettes, injecting a rich intensity of colour, whilst channelling a retro revival, in a medley of pieces inspired by the 60’s and 70’s.
Daring and unexpected finishes sit bedside, familiar, subtle textures, whilst vivid hues create an unexpected union with a more muted palette.
The unmistakable influence of nature is detected with decorative elements and organic forms.
As part of our 30th birthday celebrations, we joined forces with small family run charity SOS Africa, who work to empower South African township children through education.
It was our ambition to raise £30,000, to build an Education Centre which will fulfil a holistic care and education programme for underprivileged children, in partnership with St Michaels School.
Situated on Ouderbrug Farm, Grabouw, St Michaels originated as a church school to provide basic education for the farm workers children. The poverty in Grabouw is multidimensional. High unemployment rates, limited access to housing and sanitation as well as basic education are coupled with alarming rates of HIV/AIDS. After a thorough process profiling all of the schools in this region, SOS Africa were drawn to the ethos of St Michaels School, and the progressive attitude of the Principle Mr Rehard Smith.
However there are challenges. Children of seasonal workers often only attend school during the ‘fruit season’ there is poor parental involvement and most of the parents cannot afford the basic uniform for the children. Alcohol and drug abuse is rife among parents and children are in need of counselling and life skills to support these challenging backgrounds. At school, classes are big with teachers feeling over stretched, language is a growing problem and there are large drop-out rates.
We hope our Education Centre will help to develop and motivate children, offering a holistic education programme that will allow them to flourish.
Staying true to our ambition, to constantly evolve we recognise converting to and accelerating the use of LED light bulbs which will have the greatest positive impact on the environment.
Salone del Mobile, is the unmissable design fair. Milan transforms into a glittering global stage, where design, art, interiors and fashion collectively meet. The design world descend and the energy is electric.
We were delighted to be a part of it. Our jewel box stand, decorated in elegant tones of rich reds and emerald greens, with sharp accents of gold and polished brass, formed the perfect platform to launch our first SS18 collection. Chronicle Part I.
We welcomed designers from around the world.