Studiopepe’s design for OKKO Hotel at Gare de l’Est in Paris seeks to offer each guest a unique experience.
La hotel chain OKKO commissioned Studiopepe to design the lobby and ‘Le Club’ for its new place within the Gare de l’est station of Paris. A feature of all OKKOs, Le Club offers a variety of amenities to serve the needs of clients throughout the day: breakfast and supper, a lounge, business meetings, and leisure activities. The interior is a diaphanous space freely organized by mobile elements like curtains and dividers. Decorative items are added, designed exclusively for the hotel, such as the large chandelier in the lobby or the sofas, besides a selection of Italian-design furniture: San Carlo armchairs by Castilgioni, Boomerang easy chairs by Rodolfo Bonetti, and the Atollo lamp by Magistretti.
The dining area and bar, directly connected to the station, draw inspiration from the shapes of train compartments, including original pieces from the Orient Express that have been restored and incorporated either as art displays or as part of the installations. As for color, the neutral soft tones chosen for the claddings are complemented by neon lights and an illumination that varies as the day goes by, resulting in a dynamic atmosphere. The materials enhance visitors’ tactile experience: Kvadrat textiles combined with velvet, brass, and postmodern-looking surfaces made of terrazzo and linoleum.