When Adrian Groagen, founder of Touriste, discovered the Railway Station Hotel, a completely abandoned bourgeois building in a narrow alley in the 10th arrondissement between Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, the name that came to mind was There was only one. Luke Edward Hall.
“The building consisted of several small rooms with adjoining walls and floral wallpaper, many of which bore the marks of previous travellers,” Adrian says. Adrian aims to tell a story for each of Touriste’s hotels, giving guests the opportunity to experience the best in design at a fair price.
Adrian further explains: “Luke wanted to create an ‘anti-modern’ interior. The vast reception area features emerald green walls, black and white chevron marble floors, gold leaf furniture, giant mirrors, Warhol, Hockney, Cocteau’s exhibition posters, all intact, greet guests.Luke is good at forming unusual pairs, flirting with bad taste but not succumbing to it.The same creative freedom extends to the upper echelons. Each of Luke’s 40 rooms features a David Hicks-inspired geometric rug with splashes of pale pink and tangerine, a wide striped headboard, a classic tulip table and yellow I have a mismatched velvet fringed chair, and to take it up a notch I added 70’s inspired light fixtures and a yellow art deco bathroom.
“The mood board was primarily inspired by the 1960s and 1970s. You can see the quirky, bold colors embedded in the interior design and furniture. Behind the eclectic mix of pieces There is a relaxed elegance, and Luke tells a quirky Parisian story whose art and furniture collections reflect his journey through time.”
Luke himself says he hopes this combination of styles will intrigue guests. “I always start a project by flipping through old books and magazines. Then I visit galleries and museums. I give myself time to dream and create stories. I listen to stories from the past and , I love feeling as if I’ve entered another, more elegant era.”
“Drawing from a wellspring of artistic and intellectual references, the bedrooms tell the story of an eccentric Parisian. With charming and quirky charm, these colorful sanctuaries allow guests to escape from the outside world. We encourage you to soak in the rest,” Adrian adds.
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