Jason Bonham, Bonham Interior’s founder and creative director, has found his niche in the new luxe interior design. His designs are regarded as the best in the business, creating beautiful, contemporary luxiourous spaces across New Zealand. They do amazing luxurious interior design like no other in New Zealand, and you can check out their designs, and contact them for a no obligation chat about your project.
However, it was purely by chance that he became a celebrity himself, courtesy of his role as a presenter and interior designer for renovation show Trading Houses, and as a judge for two seasons of the successful show The Block NZ. “Being on The Block NZ was super fun and we did a lot of laughing,” says Jason. “It can be difficult as a judge though, simply because New Zealand is a much smaller population, so it can be a little bit restricted in terms of what can be supplied on a show like that. But every house on the show had its own style which was great.”
While Jason is likely to reprise his role as a judge on next year’s series, it’s the multi-million-dollar luxury homes that really appeal to him. He has worked with some prominent international names through Bonham Interior and more recently has completed an extravagant $75 million home for a large family in Santa Barbara. Naturally, the identity is under wraps, as client confidentiality is hugely important in his work.
“We have a pretty fantastic clientele and we’re fortunate to be able to do some amazing, super high-end work. There are a few people we are dealing with out of California who are global names which is fun,” he says. “It’s part of the reason why we are wanting to establish a base in the Southern Lakes – some of the clients we are working with are looking to come down and we are finding they don’t want the typical Queenstown-Wanaka look.”
Some of the fine art Jason has placed in top-end homes around the world include works by American Doug Aitken, Canadian artist Rodney Graham and acclaimed Indian-British sculptor Anish Kapoor. “It’s some serious art – none of the galleries in New Zealand have ever placed these artists so it’s very exciting for us.”
With an international career spanning more than 20 years, Jason honed his craft alongside industry leaders in London, San Francisco and New York City. He returned to his hometown of Auckland in 2008, launching Bonham Interior and rapidly growing a discerning local and international clientele.