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April 21, 2014
The Generator London brings established design pieces into a playful space.
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  The hostel's bright lounge is lit by criss-crossed cove lights. Cork stools from Vitra and Tacchini Spin ottomans provide seating. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    The hostel's bright lounge is lit by criss-crossed cove lights. Cork stools from Vitra and Tacchini Spin ottomans provide seating. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  Tiered bench seating make the lounge ideal for film screenings. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    Tiered bench seating make the lounge ideal for film screenings. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  The reclaimed wood-clad bar features hanging lights made from recycled fire extinguishers by Castor. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    The reclaimed wood-clad bar features hanging lights made from recycled fire extinguishers by Castor. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  A slightly raised, plaid-fitted cafe stays open all day. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    A slightly raised, plaid-fitted cafe stays open all day. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  Tom Dixon's Fluoro stools and Moooi chairs adorn the cafe. A Castor tube light hangs above a communal table. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    Tom Dixon's Fluoro stools and Moooi chairs adorn the cafe. A Castor tube light hangs above a communal table. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  A small bar off the cafe pairs dark oak details with denim-upholstered bar stools. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    A small bar off the cafe pairs dark oak details with denim-upholstered bar stools. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  Five pods made of OSB wood and metal provide informal nooks for socializing or eating. The pods contain built-in banquettes and Emeco's 111 Navy Chair. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    Five pods made of OSB wood and metal provide informal nooks for socializing or eating. The pods contain built-in banquettes and Emeco's 111 Navy Chair. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  In another lounge area, lit by Moooi's Black Spider lamp, egg chairs surround marble tables by Tom Dixon. Nearby sits a hand-painted piano by Goodwives and Warrior. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    In another lounge area, lit by Moooi's Black Spider lamp, egg chairs surround marble tables by Tom Dixon. Nearby sits a hand-painted piano by Goodwives and Warrior. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  Simple white bunk beds, with lockable storage compartments, fill the mural-adorned dorm rooms. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    Simple white bunk beds, with lockable storage compartments, fill the mural-adorned dorm rooms. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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  Guests can choose between dorm-style rooms or private rooms with single beds and en-suite bathrooms. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
    Guests can choose between dorm-style rooms or private rooms with single beds and en-suite bathrooms. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.
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Generator London hostel bright lounge lights
The hostel's bright lounge is lit by criss-crossed cove lights. Cork stools from Vitra and Tacchini Spin ottomans provide seating. Photo by Nikolas Koenig.

Hostels often call to mind conditions more similar to a fraternity house than a five-star hotel. But the Generator chain of design-focused hostels has proven that cheap doesn't mean derelict; with eight locations around Europe (and two others in the works in Paris and Rome), the brand has established itself as a destination for design-savvy backpackers. The recently refurbished Generator London, the brand's first outpost located in a former police station in Russell Square, joins the rustic-urban aesthetic of the other properties. Designed by Anwar Mekhayech of Toronto's DesignAgency in partnership with local architects ORBIT and Shoreditch-based art collective Acrylicize, the propety features sophisticated pieces by the likes of Tom Dixon and Moooi alongside playful details, like denim-upholstered bar stools, geometric murals, and custom game tables.

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