Inpsired by the timeless beauty of Florence, Michele Bonan’s highly sophisticated, yet understated interiors have won him legions of admirers across the world.
Born in Tuscany, he originally moved to Florence to study as a young man. After taking a degree in architecture his life quickly centered around the city, where he now lives with his wife Christine and three children. From his riverside studio overlooking the Arno, Michele Bonan’s designs bridge the gap between the past and the present to create contemporary interiors that are “ sensual, rich, tasteful and stylish.”
He met Leonardo Ferragamo while living and working in Florence. The Ferragamo name is, of course, synonymous with fashion, elegance and style. They worked together on a series of hotels in the center of Florence: Hotel Lungarno, Gallery Hotel Art, The Continentale and Portrait Suites. The collaboration between Ferragamo and Bonan didn’t stop there. The leap from hotels to boats was small for two sea enthusiasts. The first boat to get the Michele Bonan treatment was Ferragamo’s own personal 82 RS.
He was also responsible for Palazzo Tornabuoni’s interior architecture. The 15th–century city palace–once home to Pope Leo XI and the Medici family– is situated in the historic center of Florence, and has been transformed into an opulent paradise for members of the first Private Residence Club in Italy.
Further afield, in Miami, he has created the restaurant club Casa Tua. A haven for savoring authentic Italian food, he describes the club as “More than a restaurant, less than a hotel, but basically a home.” His recent works include projects for private houses in Miami, London, Paris and a restaurant club in Aspen.