OKKO HOTELS | Gare de l'Est
Studiopepe was called by the hotellerie group OKKO to design the lobby and “Le Club” of their new Hotel in Paris, in one of a kind building, right inside the iconic "Gare de l’Est" station in Paris.
“Le Club” is the heart of the entire Hotel, the place that characterizes the OKKO hotel chain. Overlooking the station, open 24/7, it welcomes guests who can use it according to their needs throughout the day, from breakfast to dinner: to relax, organize business meetings or simply listen to selected music on vinyls.
The layout is a reinterpretation of the free plan: a fluid space without physical barriers but with light and mobile dividing elements – such as curtains and partitions – ensuring free and airy feel for the space.
Alongside the selection of beloved pieces of Italian design – including Magistretti‘s Atollo Lamp, Castiglioni’s Sancarlo Armchairs and Boomerang seatings by Rodolfo Bonetto – most of the furniture is custom designed exclusively for the hotel: from the large sculptural chandelier overlooking the living area to the love seats that create intimate but convivial areas at the same time.
The concept of the area dedicated to breakfast & bar is inspired by trains’ dining cars, with love seats and dividers. A sort of contemporary take of a dinette area.
The project also included – in such a special location – original pieces from the Orient Express, which have been restored and integrated into the spaces and enhanced as works of art or installations.
The color scheme is soft and calming – but not without a character, thanks to pops of iconic black & white pattern, hints of rust and neon light installation.
The materials used enhance their tactility: Kvadrat technical fabrics are combined with velvet and brass, while the surfaces are characterized by ‘graphic’ materials with a post-modern taste, such as linoleum and maxi terrazzo.
The soft and adjustable lighting adapts to the rhythm of the day, creating a dynamic but sophisticated atmosphere.
Each element designed for this space tells a story and creates a space where you can feel at home away from home.