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Porta Romana – Celebrating the products that shaped it!

16 August 2016 Permalink

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Porta Romana began life in 1988 in a tiny London workshop. From the beginning, the ambition was to create beautiful and inspiring pieces that would be loved. We take a look at some of Porta Romana most iconic designs.


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The Manhatton lamp was introduced to the collection in 2000 by Francis Russel. It remains as one of his favourite and most successful pieces thought to be because of the simple yet skilful design. The design is still at the forefront of the collection and is seen as a design classic.

Flynn Caged Stairwell Lantern

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The Flynn Stairwell Lantern has a striking edge. Each made from beaten lengths of forged steel and scarred with hammer marks its dramatic vertical lines make it perfect for stairwells and high ceiling spaces. The finish can be personalised to suit any space such as tones of bronze, silver and gold.

Mushroom Mirror

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The Mushroom Mirror is designed with a playful feel crafted with hand cut metal mushrooms dancing around the edge. The textured and painted steel frame creates an interest in the finish and the style is reminiscent of a traditional French mirror from the 1950’s. Launched in the enchanted forest collection it became an instant favourite for all. The frame takes 15 hours to craft and that’s only the beginning. Once formed the decorative process of applying the Mayan Gold Finish can begin. After 15 different processes, 16 diverse paintbrushes and three days of hard work the Mushroom Mirror is complete and destined for the most beautiful of interiors.

Duck Feet

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Probably the most identifiable design of Porta Romana’s collection is the Duck Feet Table Lamp. The inspiration for the lamp came from two sources, a surrealist exhibition showing the Oppenheim crane leg table shortly followed by the sighting of a rare fur table lamp. The two combined gave birth to the idea of the duck lamp and later a visit to a couture show finished the detail with an ostrich feather dress. 

Sputnik Ceiling

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The sputnik Chandelier was designed by Gareth Devonald Smith as part of his capsule collection in 2013. The curves of the design feature the sculptural doodle hallmark of Smith and has a simple yet ingeniously engineered design. The design is finished with seven irregular sized and shaped bronze and brass lampshades.


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This beautiful glazed ceramic piece was inspired by a stroll along a deserted Caribbean beach and the discovery of a Bajan seedpod. Later the seed was drawn and became the shape of the Baobab lamp. Every lamp is formed by hand and the alchemy of firing means that no two will ever be the same.

Man 3 Floor Lamp

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The Man 3 Floor is a reminiscent piece of a Giacometti sculpture. The lamp was deigned in 2006 as part of the Man and Women series and like the other designs in the series the floor lamp has a minimalist style. The Mad 3 is often used to great effect in a repeat, standing like sentinels in an open space or corridor. The Man 3 is finished by hand in a bronzed effect.

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Tags: Baobab, British, Duck Feet, Flynn Caged Stairwell Lantern, Interior, Man 3 Floor Lamp, Manhattan, Mushroom Mirror, Porta Romana, Sputnik Ceiling

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