Leopard print sofas. Candy-cane-striped headboards. Ebonised antique furniture. There are few decorators who could bring together such disparate accents in a way that feels cohesive, much less chic. But for Luke Edward Hall—who dreamed up these eccentric, maximalist interiors for the just-opened Hôtel Les Deux Gares (doubles from $147/ INR 10739.75), in Paris’s Little India neighbourhood—it’s all about having an inspiring backstory. By Siobhan Reed
“I imagined the building belonging to a Parisian collector who spent his life travelling and has now opened his home up to guests,” he says. To bring his vision to life, Hall scoured the flea markets of Paris, scooping up drink trolleys, mirrors, and other décor items.
He couldn’t resist collaborating with some beloved English brands, too—like Wilton Carpets. “I love the magic of hotels,” he adds, “and Paris is one of my favourite cities. So it’s been a dream to work on this project.”
Here, Hall shares some of his favourite addresses in the city.
A Perfect Night out
“Aux Deux Amis (entrées $23–$27/INR 1,681 – 1,974) does excellent French bistro food with a Spanish influence in a very cool setting—all 1970s neon lighting, Formica surfaces, and tiled floors. And you can’t beat Bar Hemingway at the Ritz for a martini.”
Take the Scenic Route
“I often do a walking loop in the morning, starting at Café Kitsune in Palais-Royal, where I’ll grab a coffee and a pistachio madeleine. Then I’ll cross the Pont du Sarrousel to peruse the shops along Quai Voltaire.”
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