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.
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.
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.