Porta Romana and the Interior Design College KLC have a long standing relationship and during this time the Porta Romana showroom has opened its doors to welcome the students and tutors in many ways, including showroom introductory parties and design talks. As part of our 30th Year Anniversary, we embarked on a design competition with KLC. Wanting them to be inspired by our Porta Romana whimsical and playful themes, we invited the students to design a chandelier for our Porta Romana lighting collection within an 8 week time frame.
For first prize, the winner would take home Porta Romana lamp worth £2,000 retail value, a trade account, a VIP day at head office to meet the whole team and discover the processes in how we produce our products, visiting the workshop in particular. It is from here that simple metal, wood and composite is transformed and detailed to become one of our exquisite hand finished pieces.
The runners up would win a glass peony vase worth £300, a trade account and a VIP day at Porta Romana head office.
Andrew Hills (Creative Director) and Nicola Kemplay (Showroom Manager) judged the group of students final work in January 2019.
To announce the winners to the excited students and KLC team, Porta Romana held a champagne reception party on Wednesday the 27th February at the showroom in the Design Centre. Andrew gave a speech to the gathered students and tutors, and announced the winners. Andrew was particularly impressed with the detailed research and enthusiasm from the students and the overall high standard of their work. Several students’ work stood out, and we were delighted to announce the following…
Julia Good was awarded first prize with her imaginative Oyster chandelier.
The runners up were Laura Dagger with her Floral Bouquet chandelier & Miriam Skelton with her People chandelier.
A huge well done to every student that took part!