Money can buy you anything, but the ability to style interior environments that are both chic and yet relaxed, and informal is down to innate talent and Florence based interior designer/architect Michele Bonan is someone particularly skilled at creating these types of environments, and is one of the few interior designers who have managed to break onto the global arena with a signature, fresh contemporary style. To date Bonan is mostly celebrated for the work he has done with the Ferragamos (The Lungarno Collection) , the JK Place hotels in both Capri, and Florence ( and soon, Rome. too) and Casa Tua
Jas spoke to the designer to find out how his Florentine background has influenced the way he works
Q: As you live in Florence is this town the DNA to your style?
A: Florence is bursting with artisans – that have skills that the rest of the world envy us for. I have a huge respect for their work. Just going for a short walk in this city leaves you full of inspiration. Few know this but the original inspiration for Emilio Pucci’s bold graphics originally came from Florence’s Duomo.
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Florence Duomo, Emilio Pucci’s Bold Graphics, Detail Florence Duomo
Q: What are your favourite spots in Tuscany ?
A: I have no specific place, for me each small town, each little street inspires me
Q: How has the landscape of Tuscany influenced your style?
A: Well, this is hard to answer it depends on the project, and not Tuscany as such. I approach each project as a puzzle, I look at the location but more importantly I need to understand the client and his needs in a deep and meaningful way. When we come to a project we have to work with the client’s objects that may not fit with my aesthetic but we always have to find a way of working with them, and enriching what they are and how they are presented Having said that, I am Tuscan by birth and I know it intimately. What I can say is that each particular location has its own “materials” , this always needs to be taken into account and respected for example; In Umbria…., while on the border of Tuscany/Lazio there is Cotto/Travetino, by the sea in Forte dei Marmi there’s marble. Secondly it’s important to understand what others did through history. And finally there is my own personal elecletic style