Diana Huete is the interior architect behind Bondian Living, developing and planning interior design projects – for residential, hotels and restaurants – all over Europe for more than 15 years.
Formed from some of the best studios in New York and Madrid, amongst its clients are famous businessmen, footballers and personalities such as the Preysler family.
Half Filipino, half Spanish, Diana has always lived in an international environment, one marked by different cultures. Without a doubt, that is something she likes to transmit in her designs and which has become her signature stamp.
One of her most recent works was developed in Mallorca. The Honucai Hotel has become, after passing through her studio, a reference point for boutique hotels on the island.
Years ago you commented in an interview that your dream would be to work on a boutique hotel. Now the Honucai Hotel is open…
Definitely. It seems that dreams become reality if one trusts them. But above all there is an essential ingredient for it to work out: consistency.
Diana, what did the Honucai Hotel project mean to you? For me and the rest of those who work with me at Bondian, it has meant a personal challenge of very intense improvement, both at a creative and a project management level. Our team is made up of multi-skilled professionals. We have managed the entire project, directing and co-ordinating more than 150 people, with all the difficulties that this represents. We couldn’t be more proud of the result.
What was the goal when focusing on spaces, decor, etc?
The main objective was that the client lives a unique experience during their stay. We look for spaces that rouse the client’s emotions, that impresses on them. I have tried to create spaces with personality, daring, risk and with a lot of design so that you feel that it is an exceptional space. There is only one way to get this unconventional atmosphere: focusing on the details to get spaces with soul.
The decorative style has a Mediterranean spirit, with some exotic and ethnic influences in honour of the name of the Hotel Honucai (meaning turtle in Hawaiian). We have sought a fresh, colourful style, with marine air creating a living atmosphere that conveys that air of vacation, free time, the desire to live and enjoy.
What would be the advice you would give to young people who want to dedicate themselves to interior design in companies such as Bondian Living?
Believe in yourself and in the team you work with. This is vital for things to work as they should.
What is the next challenge?
Now the next step is to internationalise, to work on hotels anywhere in the world. We are focused on it because we are ready and we are passionate about the challenge. We have also created the brand Bondian Boutique Apartments, acquiring and reforming stately homes in the centre of Mallorca where we work keeping their essence and mixing them with modern Mediterranean touches. This is the line we are going to follow.
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Interior designer to the rich and famous with a very successful design studio in Madrid and now in Palma de Mallorca, we meet Diana Huete from Bondian Living. […] Interior Designer Diana Huete from Bondian Living