BAMO pays tribute to New England style in Four Seasons Boston renovation

More than 15 years after renovating the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, San Francisco-based interior design firm BAMO returned to update the job. 

For the current refresh, BAMO focused primarily on the guestrooms, corridors and lobby. Executed by principal Michael Booth and senior associate Alan Deal, the ambiance pays tribute to New England style.

The lobby at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston retains the classic lines and warm ambiance that the space has known, though now added were modern artwork and new furnishings. There are also new seating options with curvilinear sofas and a banquette.


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The new art program highlights the history of Boston. Sandra Shashou’s “Broken” was specially commissioned to make a subtle reference to the Boston Tea Party with its antique china tea sets reinvented in sculptural shattered form. A contemporary play on lacework by Rogan Brown sits behind the sofa as a nod to old and new Boston. 

The newly renovated guestrooms have new window treatments and furnishings. There is a headboard of whitewashed oak and upholstered inset panels, as well as eclectic groupings of mirrors and artworks.

Most of the rooms also use a new neutral, almost Old World textured plaster, while bold yellow upholstery can be seen in the seating. The focal wallcovering was described as “sort of colonial blue”, evoking old Boston, and can be viewed from the bed.

BAMO's first renovation of the Four Seasons Boston was in 2002. The property is located in the heart of Back Bay, near the Boston Common and the Charles River.

Photo credit: Aaron Leitz