KLC Student Competition with Porta Romana: Winners Announced!


Porta Romana collaborated with KLC School of Design in 2018 with the very successful “Design a Porta Romana Chandelier Competition” and again in 2019/2020, Diploma HE students entered a Design Competition focused on the customisation of Porta Romana products within a residential setting. We are delighted to have held another exciting student competition with our Diploma HE Interior Design cohort to redesign the entrance lobby/demo room at their Head Office in Farnham.

The brief detailed that they would like to enhance the experience for their visitors with a striking and welcoming redesign of their entrance lobby. They are wanting the designs to include solutions to display various Porta Romana Products allowing flexibility to showcase changing themes/ new product launches etc.

KLC would like to congratulate, Tara Allison, who has been announced as the winner of this student competition.

Tara’s Design Concept:

“The painting studio or the Workshop has always been at the heart of Porta Romana designs and the brand DNA. The concept, therefore, takes inspiration from this… ‘The Artisan’s Studio’. The idea is to create an inviting lobby/working space that takes inspiration from the artisan’s workshop. The space should connect the person with the crafts, the materials and the makers behind the brand, and for them to feel like they are in a creative space where the innovation happens.

Porta Romana is making fundamental changes to their commitment to sustainability, which go hand in hand with their development in materials and techniques... paving their vision for the future.”

Tara’s Winning Design Submission:

KLC would also like to congratulate Antonia Ralf and Elizabeth Klopper who have been announced as the runner-up of the competition.

Runner-up, Antonia Ralf's Submission:

Antonia’s design submission transforms the lobby/demo space into a cave of creativity. Taking the lead from the triangular and directional nature of mountain ranges, the space builds from the front door to a new 'portal' window at the far end, which opens and highlights the workshop behind as the true source of energy, creativity and expression which is so central to the Porta Romana approach.


Runner-up, Elizabeth Klopper's Submission:

"Sustainability plays a prominent role in contemporary interior design and is a key aspect of Porta Romana’s business practice. It is this attitude that has inspired my design scheme: to utilise what is found near, and to imitate the tones and textures of the area, whilst expressing the importance of craftsmanship. I wanted to bring the essence of a traditional workroom/studio into the lobby; as soon as a client steps through the doors, they should be made aware of the skill, labour and creative energy that goes into each of Porta Romana’s products. The layout of the space is kept relatively simple so as to maximise its ‘storytelling’ ability; the lobby should still function as a demo room, and there will be a consistent rotation of products that vary in style, colour and shape."

Congratulations to all students for their innovative and creative submissions and thank you to Porta Romana for another successful collaboration.