Inspired by // Interior Designer Michele Bonan

Michele Bonan is one of Italy’s most celebrated interior designers, and a designer we have admired for some time. As our studio continues to work on a hotel project in Spain which opens its doors this summer, we continue to admire designers such as Michele Bonan for injecting his individual style in some of the most beautiful chocolate box style hotels across Europe.

Born and raised in Florence, and still his home today, his prolific career in interior architecture began in 1995 when he designed Florence’s Hotel Lungarno, the first of 10 Italian projects that he has completed for the Ferragamo family’s Lungarno Collection of hotels, suites and yachts. Bonan gave the Hotel Lungarno a much imitated crisp blue and white palette, a colour scheme he rolled out across the JK Place hotels in Rome, Capri and Florence, design projects he has become most famous for.

Bonan designs much of his own furniture for his hotel projects. The Heidelberg Suites in Germany was no exception, a 26-suite hotel which Bonan designed and also owns. Bonan has always said he feels particularly connected to this project, since his German-born wife, an interior stylist with whom he has collaborated for 15 years has roots in the area. With the water so close by to this particular hotel, Bonan provided a floating restaurant for his guests (he is known for his love of yachts). The Patria is a fully restored and revamped 1930s yacht designed in a crisp red and white palette. He has always proclaimed that it is this hotel that shows his style the most.

Collaborative projects with Estro lighting , Dedar, and Chelini have since followed.

Heidelberg Suites above and below

“I like to say that everyone should live at home like they’re in a hotel, and in a hotel like they’re at home” Michele Bonan


A wall light by Michele Bonan for Estro Lighting

JK Place Florence above, and the breakfast room at JK Place Capri below


The Lobby at JK Place Capri


JK Place Rome above sits near the famed Spanish Steps just off Via Condotti.

“The inspiration is the dolce vita of the nineteen-fifties and sixties, and the Tom Ford movie The Single Man. I wanted to create an iconic pace, a real roman hotel.” Michele Bonan

Visit Michele Bonan’s website here

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Nicky’s World April 2017