Les Deux Gares is a modern hospitality concept with unique interiors by Luke Edward Hall
A successful hotelier and a well-known interior designer and artist join forces to create a brand new boutique hotel in Paris called Les Deux Gares. As its name reveals, the hotel is located in a narrow alley of Paris’ 10th arrondissement between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est.
It was at this very spot that Adrien Gloaguen, founder of the Touriste Group (which comprises Hotel Panache, Hotel Bienvenue and hotel Beaurepaire) discovered an old railway hotel in a completely abandoned bourgeois edifice and decided to transform it to a thirty-three bedroom hotel.
The hotel and the Café Les Deux Gares, a bistro opposite, opened in the autumn of 2020 with interior design and art direction by Luke Edward Hall, a young British artist who lives and embodies a sense of vibrant aestheticism. Luke is a multi-talented artist who draws, paints, collaborates with brands (including Richard Ginori, Habitat and Lanvin), stages interiors, writes a weekly column for FT Weekend and creates fabrics, furniture and numerous accessories. His clients include Burberry, Christie’s and The Royal Academy of Arts. In the project of Les Deux Gares Hotel, the designer chooses to narrate the story of an eccentric Parisian whose art and furniture collection reflects his various travels to different eras.
Interiors at Les Deux Gares
Behind the imposing iron gate designed by Luke Edward Hall, a joyful and unlikely mash-up of eras, a wellspring of artistic and intellectual references. In the vast reception area, shining emerald green walls, a black and white chevron marble floor, gilt furniture, giant mirrors, Warhol, Hockney and Cocteau exhibition posters create a unique ambiance. The same creative freedom carries over to the upper floors.
In each of the forty guest rooms, the designer mismatches geometrical rugs à la David Hicks with splashes of pale pink or tangerine, headboards boasting broad stripes, classic tulip tables and fringed yellow velvet chairs. To take things up a notch, he adds 70s-inspired light fixtures and yolk yellow Art Deco bathrooms. Luke Edward Hall curation is holistic from sketching and antique hunting to commissioning reproductions from small, family-owned businesses – like the mint-green, pale blue and pink bathroom fittings crafted in the south of England. In the basement, a chic fitness room is equipped with the latest machines, Svenskt Tenn wallpaper and a bright red and white checkerboard floor. Behind this eclectic combination of unique pieces is an elegant coolness that will charm any modern traveller!
Photos: Courtesy of the hotel
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