Veteran journalist Jesse Kornbluth revisits his early-1980s interviews with legendary decorator Angelo Donghia, which were originally conducted for a profile in Metropolitan Home magazine—this time for BuzzFeed, now in the context of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump and his design choices for Trump Tower.
Donghia’s design for a room in Trump Tower, 1985; courtesy Donghia Inc.
The narrative, posted last week, explores the design of the Trump Tower triplex, Trump’s home since 1983, which Donghia and his team designed; the meaning of high society and wealth to both Donghia and Trump; and the ultimate fate of Donghia’s original design for Trump’s Manhattan home (spoiler: the current design for the abode was executed by an unnamed casino designer).
Donald Trump’s home, after the renovation that largely removed Donghia's fingerprints; courtesy Sam Horine
“He knows exactly who he is, and what he wants,” Donghia told a Town & Country interviewer in 1983 of the real estate executive who would decades later become president. “He has very quick judgment and a very definite attitude about what he likes. With Donald, you don’t spend a lot of time wondering whether something is right or wrong—it’s a or it’s b, and that’s that. And everything you do for him has to be done ‘great.’”
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