Design Centre Stories

Sculptural Showstoppers


Italian artist Viola Lanari is one of the most exciting talents in her field, earning world acclaim for her sculptures in plaster. Her collaboration with Porta Romana captures the best of her work, marrying the simplicity of raw white plaster with organic and sculptural shapes. Recast in composite, and finished in plaster white, Lanari’s designs for Porta Romana’s Bohème collection bring a fairytale sensibility to the brand’s new season offering. The ‘Selina’ console table is a bold piece combining a base of spheres of sculpted plaster, finished with a top with a hand-scalloped edge, while her ‘Maudie’ lamp unites delicacy and texture with energy and strength.

Now, Lanari’s designs for Porta Romana have been honoured by The World of Interiors, winning the magazine’s Collection of the Year award at Focus/19 – she was presented with her award in Porta Romana’s showroom by editor Rupert Thomas.

Four further designs have won Highly Commended awards: Tissus d’Hélène’s French collection by Pukka Fabre; Morris & Co’s Lethaby Weaves; the trimmings collection by Michael Aiduss for Houlès; and Cole & Son’s Pearwood wallcoverings.

Porta Romana, Ground Floor, Centre & South Domes
Tissus d’Hélène, Fourth Floor, Design Centre East
Morris & Co, First Floor, South Dome
Houlès, Second Floor, South Dome
Cole & Son, Ground Floor, Centre Dome

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