Experiential design studio Blue Sky Hospitality are working to give London’s Megaro Hotel an innovative makeover with the launch of several new and unusual venues within. Already a Kings Cross landmark thanks to the large colourful 450 square metre graffiti mural on its classic Georgian façade, the Megaro Hotel London continues to combine contemporary with classic design details.
The first new venue created for the Megaro Hotel by Blue Sky Hospitality is Minimix, billed as ‘the largest minibar in town.’ Henry Chebaane, the Paris-born British artist and creative director of Blue Sky Hospitality studio conceived and designed this new space. Transforming the lobby into a bar itself, rather than just creating another hotel lobby bar, it seats just 14 people. Fusing Victorian Steampunk fantasy with British Pop culture, it’s the perfect contemporary homage to London’s Kings’ Cross and Camden boroughs.
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Minimix’s art, design and drinks are all inspired by a richly layered local narrative, often present in Henry Chebaane’s work. Spanning nearly two centuries this inspiration starts with Victorian quack doctor James Morison who in 1828 opened the ‘British College of Health’ just a few doors away. After extensive travel and adventuring, his career culminated in him claiming to have found a universal vegetable cure for all ailments based on botanical compounds he prepared in pill forms. The botanical alchemy, Kings Cross’s history as a hub for coal, ice and grain, and British pop culture of recent times form the unusual base from which the interior design and art curation have been developed.
An intimate venue, Minimix feels like stepping inside a weird and wonderful time-machine. Seating consists of bespoke stools and banquettes upholstered in finely stitched metallic leather and petrol blue tweed, inspired by Victorian steam-age travel and contemporary street fashion. Metallic bronze ceilings are covered with electrical coils, filament bulbs and more strange apparatus that connects to walls of walnut paneling, gas pipes, valves and brass mesh. The reception desk and drink mixing station are custom-made in raw steel with industrial detailing. Curious objects fill the walls and shelves, curated by Henry Chebaane and a number of international pop artists such as Doktor A, Scott Tolleson, Casey Weldon, Ron English, Jason Freeny, Anraku Ansaku and Andrew Bell.
Another new concept from Blue Sky Hospitality for the Megaro Hotel London, is the new lifestyle room ‘Hip Pop Britannia.’ Part of the ongoing work by Henry Chebaane, it marks the next step in the process to progressively shape this entire hotel into a lifestyle destination like no other in London. After the opening of Minimix the extravagant lobby mini-bar, he has now transformed three prominent corner studios into rockstar accommodation.
Creating an intensively atmospheric residential environment, Henry Chebaane has made extensive use of the Diesel Living furniture and lighting range combined with industrial Anglepoise lamps and superlative sound systems from Jarre technologies. The unique interior schemes also feature his own quirky artistic compositions printed on metal boards and soft cushions. Using his trademark local cultural inspirations, for this space icons from the British bulldog to Harry Potter’s owl, revisited with humour and a dash of rock and roll.
Each of the three generously sized studios have plenty of natural light and fantastic views over St Pancras station. The individual colour schemes are inspired by the youth fashions of nearby Camden with names like Scarlet Punk, Plum Rock and Toffee Techno. The walls are textured like graphite and raw concrete, floors are laid with a special 3D carpet evoking burnt rubber on asphalt, while the ceilings are covered with metallic splashes of paint reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s silver factory. The sleek bathrooms have a warm industrial loft feel with corten metal flooring, polished concrete walls and dichroic lighting. Creating another fantastic addition to The Megaro and continuing the ongoing collaboration with Blue Sky Hospitality, this latest concept paves the way for the next installment.