The Donghia Decimal System
edited by Sheila Kim -- Interior Design, 3/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
At New York's Parsons School of Design, where students previously lacked in-house access to textile samples, there's no longer need to look farther than the Angelo Donghia Materials Library and Study Center. Designed by Christoff:Finio Architecture, the library features textiles from various international manufacturers as well as an 80-seat lecture hall, a computer lab, and a gallery. Although only Parsons students, faculty, alums, and design professionals can use the library, members of the public are invited to browse the glass-enclosed gallery, where ceiling-mounted tinted-resin panels display temporary exhibitions. The facility's construction was funded by the Angelo Donghia Foundation, which supports interior design education as a way to honor its namesake's entrepreneurial vision in furniture, accessories, and textiles.