It is in Paris between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, in the 10th arrondissement and as the businessman Adrien Gloaguen, at the head of the project, explains, it was a former, abandoned railway pension whose charm reminded of old 1960s movies. We are talking about Hotel Les Duex gares (2 rue des Deux Gares) recently reopened after an accurate renovation work entrusted to Luke Edward Hall. For the “golden boy” of British design this is the first project in the Hotels business, a work he has carried out with enthusiasm and extreme care for details. “I wanted it to feel like the home of an eccentric Parisian bohemian who, over the years, has amassed a collection of furniture and art from his travels, from various periods and countries,’ Hall explains. ‘I wanted the interiors to feel full of joy, with a nod to the past.” Indeed, eclecticism is leading character in this hotel where styles, cultural references and different eras find a magical expressive synthesis, wrapping its guests in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Starting from the lobby with a mint green boiserie, black and white marble inlaid floors, gilded consoles and posters of Andy Warhol and David Hockney as well as pieces designed by Hall himself like the blue fringed couch and the big decorated mirrors. Creativity also permeates the 40 rooms on the upper floors where Hall combined a geometrically patterned fitted carpet with light blue and bottle green walls, minimal coffee tables with a Scandinavian touch and comfortable velvet armchairs. Great attention was also paid to the gym located in the basement, covered with the floral-patterned wallpaper of the Swedish interior design studio Svenkst Tenn, vintage posters and a vibrant red and white chequered floor. The Restaurant Café Les Deux Gares, directed by chef Jonathan Schweizer and located opposite the Hotel, completes the project. To make it Hall got inspired by the traditional Parisian bistrots whose style, however, was “revised and corrected” with taste and sensitivity.