I recently read on ArchitecturalDigest.com that one of my favorite designers, Michele Bonan is releasing a book later this month. I have admired Michele’s beautiful work and chic aesthetic since I first came across the JK Capri Hotel several years ago. In the time since, I have eagerly anticipated new projects of his because they never disappoint.
Michele, like most of the European designers I admire, has a true knack for bringing together elements from various periods and design movements to create a beautifully layered look. One of the latest hotel projects he has completed is the JK Roma Hotel. I haven’t been back to Rome in several years, but this property might be enough to entice me to return. The lounge at the JK Roma highlights the building’s stunning architecture. Michele kept the palette minimal, but incorporated striking art, sculptures, and architectural elements such as the marble door frames. Notice how the mid century modern-influenced furniture has a low profile overall, making the architecture of the space feel even more grand. The geometric cowhide rug adds a distinctly graphic and modern touch. The result is quintessentially Italian– elegant and alluring– as it brings together Italian antiques and sculptures with modern furniture that was influenced by the iconic Italian designs from the 1950s and 60s.