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Custom Made, In America

Custom Made, In America

  One thing Donghia does well is make beautiful things in America. Be they sofas or textiles, wall coverings or dining tables, Donghia has developed a beautiful palette of quality and design that has few equals. Yes, Donghia has products manufactured in other countries as well, but never to cut costs and always to increase [...]

Exclusive Interview with Donghia, Inc. CEO, Andrea Rubelli

Exclusive Interview with Donghia, Inc. CEO, Andrea Rubelli

“I’ll tell you a Venetian story spanning two centuries. Five generations, six brands, five continents: our history, yesterday, today and tomorrow.”  - Alessandro Favaretto Rubelli This week I had the pleasure of interviewing our CEO, Andrea Rubelli, the youngest of the four Favaretto Rubelli brothers.  Andrea shares with us an exclusive glimpse into the life of [...]

The Hospitality Design Show in Las Vegas

The Hospitality Design Show in Las Vegas

 The American Domestic Hospitality Industry is coming back to life, and this fact was nowhere more evident than at HD 2012. There are lots of US hotels under renovation even as there is still less “newbuild” than in past years. Our booth was well attended with quality hotel designers, store planners/designers, hotel personnel, and purchasers [...]

Donghia’s Spring Textile Collection at WestWeek

Donghia’s Spring Textile Collection at WestWeek

Introducing 12 new patterns, Donghia debuted its Spring 2012 Textile Collection with exclusive presentations starting in New York and Los Angeles. Entitled, Footloose & Fancy Free, the lighthearted collection is filled with bold patterns and whimsical colors that reflect Donghia’s enthusiasm for design; ever evolving and always innovative. This latest line, true to its title, [...]

IDEAS FOR DESIGNERS

“The Interior Design Industry in 2012- Now What?”

“The Interior Design Industry in 2012- Now What?”

I started “A Glass Half Full” in the depths of the 2009 recession (which is over?) in an effort to help individual interior designers stay in business long enough to make it through the recovery. At the time I went around the country giving speeches entitled “Jump Start Your Own Recovery” that included an assemblage [...]

Keep Adapting

Keep Adapting

Congratulations to Libby Palmieri of House of L Interior Design in the Cleveland area! Teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue she has created a magnificent vignette, featuring Donghia and the lines we represent in the Cleveland Showroom (of course!). This collaboration enhances her brand, reinforces her relationship with one of her key suppliers (Donghia!), and [...]

Ideas for Designers

The above headline was the original intent of this blog during the worst of the recession. Lots of ideas and suggestions, from one designer to another, were shared using this medium as the messenger, and I am grateful to have heard from many designers that they read this blog, tried a new idea for their [...]

The Original Intent of This Blog

When A Glass Half Full was started, things looked particularly bleak for the interior design industry! Starting in 2008, and continuing through today, we have experienced four years of belt-tightening, and many of the members of our ranks have left the business. Hundreds of showrooms have closed, and thousands of interior designers have merged, quit, [...]

LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED

Albert Hadley

Albert Hadley

By now everyone knows that Albert Hadley, globally renowned and celebrated interior designer, passed away last week. I wish I could say that Albert Hadley was a close friend, but I can say that he was a close acquaintance throughout my many years in the design industry. Also, he came from Nashville, and I lived there [...]

Happy New Year!!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a happy, healthy, profitable, and successful 2012! I wish each of you joy and peace in your life as we end 2011 and start 2012. Happy New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year, at our house, whenever family and friends are gathered at the table, we go around the circle or rectangle and ask people to tell us all what they are most grateful for. So, as an industry, for those of you who read this blog, maybe you could add to the gratitude list I am [...]

More Water For A Glass That Is Starting To Fill Up!

I recently returned from a business trip to Las Vegas, an epicenter of this recession.  Starting with President Obama’s inadvertent swipe at their convention business and continuing through their severe housing crash and significant homeless situation, Las Vegas has had it worse than many cities in America.  The casino business dropped significantly as did hotel [...]

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“Adapt” Is The New Black

“Adapt” Is The New Black

It is now almost May of 2012. Since 2008, four LONG years ago, the interior design industry has sagged, slumped, languished, recovered, slowed, sped up, slowed, hiccupped upwards, and in general done everything except provide a steady growth curve for the majority of the firms that make up this industry. However, for some firms, the [...]

A Glass Getting Fuller?

Do you think things are getting better, and in some cases much better? I am suddenly seeing drops of water from all over the country slowly filling up this half empty glass. Business is picking up here, and there, and then over there, and then up there. I like the title of “A Glass Half [...]

“Stay-Cession”- the Recession That Never Ends

The recession is over.  That was said 2 years ago, I think.  Since then we have had… exactly what?  Headline-driven consumer confidence?  In our field, clients have the resources, would love to spend it with a qualified interior designer, but seem to live from WSJ to WSJ headline.  Start!  Wait, Stop!  Hold Off- wait OK [...]

The Holiday Season and a Look Back

First of all, I wish each of you a joyous holiday in every size and flavor!  Our family’s mini-diaspora is getting together in Connecticut for the holidays, and I am profoundly grateful that everyone is well and has survived all that life has thrown at each of them in the past year.  Gratitude seems to be in [...]

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A Walking Tour of Paris

A Walking Tour of Paris

| February 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Please see videos from my walking tour of Paris’ Design District with Ludovic Darricau of Elitis  and Jessica Romm of The Editor at Large. See exclusive footage of the most recent collections from Donghia, Bergamo and Elitis along with our favorite places to visit in Paris!   A Walking Tour of Paris’ Design District with [...]

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Spring Collections from Sahco & Rubelli at Donghia

Spring Collections from Sahco & Rubelli at Donghia

| February 1, 2012 | 1 Comment

It is 60 degrees outside as I sit in my office in Westchester. One year ago there was four feet of snow piled up and it was freezing. Myabe it’s not global warming, but it is certainly odd. Day lilies are trying to send up shoots, and crocus are tentatively appearing. Now that the Northeast is [...]

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Donghia in Paris

Donghia in Paris

| January 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

I have returned from Maison et Objet and Deco Off; two parallel luxury Home furnishings expositions; one in Paris and one outside of Paris. As our companies (Rubelli, Donghia, Sahco) all have beautiful showrooms in Paris, I was forced, forced to spend five days in Paris and did not attend the fair at Villepint, which [...]

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Donghia & The Peak of Chic

Donghia & The Peak of Chic

| January 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

I was thrilled to read this post by Jennifer Boles on Donghia’s NY flagship showroom. Included are images by renowned photographer Miguel Flores Viana and magical renderings by Donghia’s longtime designer, Masaru Suzuki. If you have not already, check out her fantastic blog at the link below. http://thepeakofchic.blogspot.com/2012/01/donghia-and-its-flagship-showroom.html

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Donghia Spring 2012 Textile Collection Official source here ultrasound technician

Donghia Spring 2012 Textile Collection

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here we are in January 2012! The year of the dragon- the first year of the post-recession economy! The first year of whatever comes next! I am off to Deco-Off and Maison et Jardin, the exciting decorative interior shows in Paris, and I thought I would share with you some sneak previews of the new [...]

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