Designer we love: Laura Gonzales - Designer of the year Maison & Objet 2019

Laura Gonzales is one of those talented interior architects, never afraid of taking great but daunting projects. Based in Paris, the designer has some prestigious assets in her portfolio, including Lapérouse, Hotel Christine, the Brasserie La Lorraine and the Cartier stores in Paris.

The magic starts when, freshly graduated from the École National Supérieure d’Architecture in Paris, she launched Pravda Arkitect design studio in 2008. Two years later, at age 26, her renovation of renowned Parisian night club Palladium brought her under the spotlight.

Since then, she has been imprinting her style in the most glamorous places of Paris, Stockholm, Rome amongst others.

In love with materials and their history, Laura Gonzales collaborates with artisans passionate about their work. For the second time. she called upon our supplier Ateliers Zelij’s savoir-faire for the renovation of La Gare.

In the main room of the restaurant an impressive pool of green Bejmat tiles welcome guests upon beautiful benches adorned with Ikat le Manach patterns.

In the main room of the restaurant an impressive pool of green Bejmat tiles welcome guests upon beautiful benches adorned with Ikat le Manach patterns.

Main room

Main room


My inspiration is classical, gleaned from the decorative arts, but I then add my very own whimsical spin. I’m a huge advocate of eclecticism, and love combining different fabrics, motifs, materials, colours or eras. I also love adding a plethora of details, ensuring there’s always something of interest, no matter where the gaze falls. I feel that spaces need to have their own soul. And for each project, I work with the very best craftsmen
— Laura Gonzales

Opened to travellers in 1864, the station used to the Gare Saint-Lazare to Auteuil via the old Petite Ceinture railroad. For this project, Laura kept the station architecture of the edifice, installing original panoramas from the famous Zuber wallpaper factory beside the zelliges tiles.

A unique place set upon two levels, boasting a beautiful terrace adorned with cement tiles made by the Ateliers Zelij. The restaurant confirms Laura’s fondness for colour and complete authenticity brought by the sensuality of hand made materials.

Inside, no less than 1200m2 of zellige tiles are laid out according to three colour schemes (green, pink and terracotta); their hues of colour and soft irregularities capture the natural light of the place.

Upper floor, opening to the terrasse

Upper floor, opening to the terrasse

The terrasse has been covered with cement tiles and zelliges

The terrasse has been covered with cement tiles and zelliges

Nuances of Pink and off-white for the zelliges

Nuances of Pink and off-white for the zelliges


Incorporating numerous references to travel by looking to the shores of the Mediterranean for inspiration, Laura proves, once again, that she mastered the art of playing with surprising mixes of fabrics, patterns, materials, and colours to create sophisticated and timeless worlds.

Ghizlaine Menebhi