Instantly recognisable by the striking 450 square metre graffiti mural on its classic Georgian facade, The Megaro has become something of a landmark in King’s Cross. This eccentric clash of contemporary and classic continues inside, where a characterful array of social spaces await.
The Diesel Suites are the latest phase in an extensive renovation project led by Henry Chebaane, the renowned British artist, designer and creative director of Blue Sky Hospitality. Embodying The Megaro’s authentic and care-free spirit, the suites are inspired by the ‘Hip Pop Britannia’ concept and aim to offer a rock star experience.
Chebaane’s interior scheme is incredibly impactful. One’s eye is immediately drawn to the myriad textures and patterns at play, from metallic splashes of paint on the ceilings reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, to walls with graphite and raw concrete-inspired textures, and 3D carpets evoking burnt rubber on asphalt.
The individual colour schemes within the suites are inspired by the youth fashions of nearby Camden, with names like Scarlet Punk, Plum Rock and Toffee Techno. Chebaane’s predominant use of dark hues is deeply atmospheric, but is cleverly lifted by saturated pops of colour from the soft furnishings and choice accessories.
As the name would suggest, The Diesel Suites make extensive use of the Diesel Living furniture and lighting range. Created by lauded Italian furniture brand, Moroso, with the Diesel creative team, the collection channels industrial stying, a rock & roll spirit and the ‘bright-toned, mischievous glee of pop’.
Iconic British pieces are dotted around each of the suites, including a British Bulldog speaker kitted out in black-out sunglasses, and silver gnomes stood at the window, contesting the establishment with their middle fingers in the air.
The suites also feature Chebaane’s own quirky artistic compositions. Local cultural icons from the British bulldog to Harry Potter’s owl have been printed on metal boards and soft cushions, revisited with humour and a dash of rock and roll.
The warm, industrial loft feel of the bathroom completes the scheme, featuring corten metal flooring, polished concrete walls and dichroic lighting.