Donghia WHO

Oct 2, 2020 | Designs and Designers

Angelo Donghia, acclaimed interior designer, born in Vandergrift PA in 1935.

Working in his father’s tailoring shop as a child, he grew an eye for design. His father actually gave him his first interior design job!

He founded Donghia Furniture Inc. in 1968.

Donghia Headquarters in New York expanded to their first showroom in Los Angeles in 1976.

He had a unique modern approach to interior design and transformed the brand into a known accolade of furniture, textiles, and other home furnishings. He was aware of the importance of mass marketing and licensing in order to expand and grow a profitable company.

Donghia Headquarters in New York expanded to their first showroom in Los Angeles in 1976.

Donghia’s star-studded client list included, Mary Tyler Moore, Diana Ross, Neil Simon, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Ralph Lauren, and Halston.

The company racked in on average 60-75 million in revenue in 1985 for the unique and classic style of gray flannel upholstery on oversized plush furniture, bleached wood floors, and shiny lacquered walls, which went on to be a coveted style mirrored in today’s design elements.

Donghia rebelled against the idea of structured design famously quoting, “You are the rule, whatever makes you feel gorgeous and glamorous.”




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TV: SamsungChair: Palecek, in Peter Fasano fabricLight: Shades from the Midnight SunWallcovering: Schumacher (foyer).


Every appliance is concealed by painted paneling. Counter stools: Artistic FramePendants: Weplight, with Radish Moon fabricBacksplash: Tiles of Ezra.

Breakfast nook

Bowman chose a seafoam green for the spot where the family enjoys casual meals. Wallcovering: Phillip JeffriesChandelier: Julie NeillChairs: Design Within Reach, in Pierre Frey fabricTable: custom.

Dining Room

Bunk Room

Bowman turned a tiny space into a spare bedroom for the children’s friends. Floor tile: Mirth StudioWallcovering: ThibautPaint: Cloud White (trim, bunks) and In Your Eyes (ceiling), Benjamin Moore.

Girl’s Room

The room was decorated so that (optimistically) it will last through her teen years. Paint: Sprout, Sherwin-WilliamsWallcovering: Pacific Designs International (ceiling). Nightstand: Chelsea TextilesSconces: PalecekCurtains: Lisa Fine TextilesBedding: MatoukBed: Coley Home.

Primary Bathroom


Painted cement tile by Sabine Hill and Perennials performance fabric can withstand post-pool hangouts. Paint: Marry Me (cabinets), Benjamin MooreWallcovering: Pacific Designs InternationalSofa: vintage.


Pool House

Shutters painted in Pink Cloud by Benjamin Moore are a subtle departure from the neighboring homes—yet still wholly Floridian.