Porta Romana Student Chandelier Competition


KLC School Diploma students’ were challenged to design an irresistible chandelier for luxury brand, Porta Romana.

Porta Romana was established in 1988 by Andrew and Sarah Hills in a tiny London workshop and the ambition from the start until the present day has always been to produce beautiful furniture and lighting for the client and inspiring pieces they would love forever. The Porta Romana style and design has continuously evolved over the last 30 years to become a leading global brand, and a critical ingredient in the world’s most beautiful houses, yachts, hotels and movie sets. They still work with many original artisans, and continue to seek out the next artistic talents to help breathe fresh life into their collections. Collaboration on many levels has always been a part of the Porta Romana story.

Porta Romana is celebrating its 30th Birthday this year and as part of their  year of events are collaborating with KLC School of Design. They invited our FT Diploma HE cohort to enter their Design Competition to design a chandelier for their Porta Romana lighting collection. The brief required students to be inspired by their Porta Romana whimsical and playful themes to design an irresistible chandelier.

Last week, we celebrated all the applicants and awarded the winners in the Porta Romana Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. Owner of Porta Romana, Andrew Hills, congratulated all and commented, “We had absolutely fabulous submissions from all students. We were blown away by the effort all students had put in to this competition. So many of the ideas and the way in which they had been thought out and presented were of a very high standard. This is a refelction of KLC and their structured approach to the course. We are extremely impressed.”

We would like to congratulate the winner, Julia Cook.

Julia Cook Winner


Julia Cook Winner

Andrew described the winning design as the following, “A lovely concept. It of course had great elements of pearl incorporated in it which represents the 30th Birthday celebration. I thought it was particularly good because it had overcome the technical issues of how it would work and how the light source would be disguised which is often a difficult thing to do. It was beautifully executed because Julia had made it really lovely to look at from all angles. From above, below and sideways it would always look really special. In the submission was a marvellous presentation of the final piece which showed it in a lovely drawing hanging over an oyster bar.”

Our winner will spend a VIP day with the Porta Romana team at their head office; have a full guided tour, including lunch with the Creative Director. They will be able to set up a trade account on the day and get the opportunity to select a lamp of their choice for their own home up to the value of £2,000.

We would also like to congratulate the two joint runner ups announced; Miriam Skelton and Laura.

Thank you Porta Romana for providing our students with such an exciting industry competition and thank you to all students that entered.


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