Breaking the mould of the standard hotel Eaton DC in downtown Washington is the first and flagship property of Eaton Workshop – a purpose-driven company at the intersection of culture, content, hospitality, wellness, and progressive social change.
Founded by Katherine Lo, whose vision is to reimagine a hotel as a gathering place for an inclusive tribe of change-makers and creatives, Eaton consists of distinct parts—hotel, house, media, wellness, and impact.
Collectively, these pillars serve as an incubator for arts and culture, a beacon for sustainability, a hub for impact initiatives, a holistic healing centre, and a global media presence.
Eaton DC offers the community and guests an extensive content and programming agenda underscoring the company’s core advocacy values.
Taking cues from political and countercultural movements that have changed the world for the better, from the Beatniks and East Village Radio to the Vietnam War protests and the Women’s March, Eaton D.C. serves as a hub for journalists, pioneers and change-makers.
Going beyond a hotel, Eaton D.C. aspires to be a press club, a sanctuary for intelligent thought, and a canvas for rising neighbourhood talent. Its culinary vision will be led by Chef Tim Ma (of Kyirisan in Washington, D.C.).
Eaton D.C. has 209 hotel rooms, a radio station, a 50-person cinema, a wellness centre with yoga, meditation and alternative treatments, a coffee shop and juice bar, a restaurant and bar, a rooftop bar, a speakeasy, an event space for up to 182 people, rotating art exhibits, and a co-working club that can accommodate up to 370 members.
Through these elements, and an environment that promotes the all-important art of having fun, Eaton Workshop will bring together activists and artists from around the world to instigate meaningful and positive impact, and to simply hang out, indulge and follow their bliss.
Following the debut of Eaton DC, Eaton Hong Kong opened in autumn 2018, with ensuing locations to arrive in San Francisco and Seattle in the future.
Eaton Workshop’s approach to architecture, interior design and graphic design is informed by storytelling, nostalgia, innovation, and the commitment to building a sense of community within an urban centre.
Equally reverential of analogue, homegrown aesthetics and forward-thinking innovation, each outpost’s aesthetic and materiality will tell the specific story of the site’s history, heritage, neighbourhood and location—from D.C.’s city centre, and Hong Kong’s historically gritty Kowloon neighbourhood to an indoor Redwood forest park planned for San Francisco.
The brand collaborators share a dedication to bridging the past, present and future through thoughtful, lasting design that respects the planet.
Across Eaton Workshop, the culinary experience will play a pivotal role in the brand experience. With a belief in reviving lost traditions through old masters and rising talent, the food and beverage offerings will preserve the legacy of craftsmanship and storytelling.
Through a variety of concepts – creative speakeasy and bar concepts, intimate dining occasions, curated food halls, and live music venues – Eaton Workshop will bring a fresh approach to cuisine through local artisans and food and drink visionaries.