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Magazine    May 2001

Borsalino sofa
All photos by Ed Addeo

The designers at Donghia had Cuba on their minds (hard not to, between Colin Powell, the Buena Vista Social Club and Thirteen Days) when they were preparing designs for a new line of contemporary sofas and chairs.

Recalling a time when crisp white suits and fedoras were symbols of the good life in the Caribbean, the Panama Collection features eight contemporary chairs and sofas with exposed wood and tight upholstery. The occasional chair exudes comfort, with its angled back and generous seat. The Borsalino sofa has a grandiose curved barrel back that welcomes, like an embrace.

Donghia’s design team must have had lots of fun with the Margarita chairs, whose “drunken” back legs (continuing the theme of the pleasure-seeking life in the tropics) offer a sense of forward motion. But don’t worry about falling off—the framed backs of the chairs are contoured to cradle the occupant.

Panama chair

Margarita chairs

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