Billed as a ‘haute hostel’, minus the backpacker grunge, Generator Paris is nestled in the heart of the achingly cool 10th arrondissement. Close to the canal St Martin, this new generation of accommodation boasts an urban design-led approach; cue aluminium Titan pendant lighting, cement features with glass panelling and a laidback, luxe vibe.
As well as dorms, there are private rooms and luxury penthouses with private bathrooms. Très élégant. The real appeal, however, is the spacious chillout areas with sleek interiors and art-house neon accents. The café lounge and restaurant serves excellent French cuisine, whereas the bar has great cocktails and an on-trend buzz.
Rumour has it a cool selection of live music and DJ sets are lined up over the next few months, too. If the Berlin and Barcelona Generators are anything to go by, this looks set to take off. And when that rooftop terrace offers sunset views of Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur, why stay anywhere else? Paris, je t’aime.
We caught up with Anwar Meykayech, Creative Director for the Generator to find out about the design inspiration, where he picks up interiors pieces and how to get the look at home...
What inspired the eclectic design?
Each Generator is inspired by its local area. Paris has such an eclectic mix of people and places, the marquee for the reception was inspired by a famous restaurant in Barcelona, and the chillout lounge has a Moroccan flavour with lots of inspiration from the great marches aux puces around Paris.
The building is very industrial, any tips on how to make such a space feel warm and inviting?
Use colour and texture in the areas you want relax in. But, lighting is key. We worked with a lighting designer from Barcelona, ARTEC and used low level lighting to warm the coldness of the industrial shell up.
There are lots of amazing color palettes in the hotel, what was the inspiration?
Each area has its own story and colour palette. The cafe has a garden and farm feel, and boasts lots of white, natural wood and bright colors. The reception is inspired by the theatre to compliment its retro wall mural. The upper level chillout creates a more intimate space with deep reds and oranges with the wood ceiling, inspired by a Moroccan type of seating, lots of carpets and low level furniture.
What is your favourite place to pick up great key interiors pieces?
I’ve road tripped throughout Italy to fill up trucks full of stuff, and I go to the markets in Paris a few times every year. My favourite designers that are go-to for the Generator are probably Tom Dixon and Moooi (if we have the budget!)
Any tips on re-creating the vibe of Generator Paris at home?
Give each room a theme and create a journey through the home. Use lots of raw materials and bold colours, and have fun with the décor.
What is the next big project you are excited about?
The next Generator to open is in in Amsterdam. We also have a cool little secret project opening Spring 2015 in Barcelona across from the Generator.
Shared Rooms from, €28 a night and en suite twin rooms from, €98. The Generator Paris