(CNN) – When it comes to instantly recognizable cinematic universes, “The French Dispatch” director Wes Anderson has it all.
Now the author known for his vintage fantasy in distinctive hues has struck a perfect design partnership for a chef with luxury travel company Belmond.
Anderson redesigned the 1950s Cygnus car aboard the famous Belmond British Pullman train which departs from London Victoria Station. Fans of the Anderson films, or just the beautifully crafted mid-century glamor, will now be able to book day trips to Wes’s world year-round.
The car is described by Belmond as “a tribute to both the golden age of cinema and travel”. Anderson expressed the romantic appeal of slamming trains and grand dame hotels in his films “The Darjeeling Limited” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, while Cygnus himself appeared in the 1979 film “Agatha”, with Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. The British Pullman is the English train on the Orient Express route made famous by police writer Agatha Christie in her 1934 book “Murder on the Orient Express”.
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Anderson said in the press release: “I love trains! I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and cars in my films. to do something new while participating in the preservation process that accompanies all Belmond classic train projects. ”
Belmond British Pullman is made up of Pullman cars dating from the 1920s to 1950s that were purchased and restored between 1977 and 1982. With the Cygnus car, Anderson married the historic preservation of the Art Deco-inspired car with his own style. This means bold rectilinear shapes, marquetry with deeply satisfying symmetry, and a finely tuned color palette.
Fittingly, the chariot is named after the Greek god of balance, often depicted as a swan, and is referred to through intricate waves and swan details in the inlay, as well as the reflective sheen of the silver leaf on the ceiling and the swan. shaped champagne coolers.
The ceiling has pastel pink details and the green tones of a garden are used on the carpet and chairs. Sunbeams, clouds, stars and waves are among the patterns of the art nouveau wood panels.
As the world cautiously emerges from these traumatic two years, there is a renewed nostalgia for an era of more carefree travel (for those who can afford it), and an evolution towards laid-back luxury and exclusive bespoke experiences, as opposed to the jostling frenzy of the jet set. Grammy-winning musician Tyler the Creator, whose latest album “Call Me If You Get Lost” was his second number one in the United States, has become, in Anderson’s three-year absence from the big screen, the leading author of pop culture with a visual world designed around pastel palettes, vintage luggage and retro travel.
Living Anderson’s way is not, unsurprisingly, cheap. The Cygna carriage is available for all of British Pullman’s day trips across England, from murder mystery lunches through the Kent countryside to dining experiences with guest chefs.
For an even more upscale experience, the Cygnus car features two private coupes that can be reserved exclusively for up to four people.
“Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson” starts from $ 545 (£ 400) per person while the “Pullman Coupé by Wes Anderson: starts from $ 2,455 (£ 1,800) per coupe. full – for groups and celebrations of up to 26 people – is available on request.