Pascale’s vision of design
“I’m a designer who works a lot with instinct, so the architecture and interiors I design are always based on my visions. The way I work is with a few words and thousands of images in my head, but I couldn’t have brought it to life exactly as I wanted it without the help of Ulrike, who as a passionate traveller knows exactly what makes a hotel exceptional.” French parquet floors, high cathedral ceilings, eclectic furnishings, large chandeliers from Thailand, custom-made sofas and headboards from South Africa, braziers from India transformed into bathtubs, wardrobes and bedside tables unearthed at antique markets around Italy. These are Pascale Lauber’s visions translated into reality at Paragon 700, where the creative association of old and new art finds its fulfilment. She is one of the two owners of Paragon 700 and the creative mind behind each detail, door handles included. The project started over three years ago has reimagined and renovated the building in its entirety, no stone has been left unturned and no element of the space has been ignored. Perseverance, creativity and attention to detail were the pillars of this project resulting in a unique travel and luxury experience.
“I would say Paragon 700 embodies my design ethos. At the heart of the hotel’s design and what I set out to achieve was to create a refined design in every detail with beautiful energy, while preserving and celebrating the history of the building.” Ultimately, an eclectic combination of traditional craftsmanship techniques and contemporary style has seen the beautiful building finally transformed into Paragon, a unique, coherent, deeply modern place that is nonetheless tied to the local area.