Porta Romana for Deco Home magazine

Location photography

We have enjoyed shooting for the german interiors magazine Deco Home before at the Little Greene factory, this time they brought us to visit Porta Romana in Farnham. If you haven’t heard of them they make the most beautiful lighting we’ve ever seen. Often organically inspired and always high end, we asked how much it costs and we definitely can’t afford it.

The shoot took us through the complete manufacturing process. Starting with a room full of mostly young, artisan girls surrounded by brushes and gold leaf, putting the many layers of finish onto everything from mirrors to chandlers. There was so much to take pictures of that we could have finished there, but we had a lot more to cover.

We photographed electricians, designers, shot portraits of the owners, and wandered through the warehouse snapping away. Eventually we ended up at the blacksmiths, a short drive from the main factory, and were welcomed by a photographers dream. It looked like a film set with all the equipment and half built sculptures soon to be turned into furniture.

The article ran in the 100th issue of Deco Home, with extra shots being used online here (you might need to brush up on your German).

Behind the scenes

Deco Home team with CliQQ Photography and Porta Romana

Deco_Home_grey What we really appreciate with these guys is there’s no “can’t do this” or no “we’ve run out of time” even when the cameras are already put away. It’s always “sure, what else?”. They work fast and still the outcome looks brilliant, even on the brink of being poetic. No need for much instruction either, because they see things. And as if that weren’t enough they are even fun to work with. Thumbs up, would always book CliQQ again.

Christina Pearce

Copy Editor, Deco Home


Photography: Oliver Suckling at CliQQ Photography
Assistant: Kris Myerscough
Retouching: Oliver Suckling

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