Exact symmetries, Art Nouveau style optical patterns, and a color palette with bold shades. It is the unmistakable signature of Wes Anderson that decorates the new Cygnus carriage of the legendary British Pullman from Belmond. This is the English company, founded in 1976,
which operates in the luxury tourism sector. The famous American director was in fact called to rethink the interior of the wagon of one of his most famous trains. The collaboration gives life to a series of hyper-decorated seats and tables.
“I love trains! I have often had the opportunity to invent compartments and carriages in my films, so I accepted this concrete opportunity with great pleasure. I wanted to create something new and, at the same time, participate in the conservation process inherent in all Belmond train projects. The brand keeps something extraordinary alive, projecting this endangered species into a new golden age. “
Anderson declares a little less than a month after the release in theaters of The French Dispatch, an unreleased film by the American producer.
The train is a tribute to 1950s aesthetics. The new-look of Cygnus takes up the highly decorated of the second half of the twentieth century. Dedicated to the Greek god of balance, often personified as a swan and immortalized by one of the most recognizable constellations of the celestial vault, the train car is filled with particular references to myth and legend. From the inlays of the upholstery to the ornamental motifs chosen for the mise en place,
Wes Anderson’s intervention thus projects the journey and the traveler out of the present moment. A capsule with a retro charm that seems to progress forward in space but back in time.
The wagon has already been part of the history of cinema with the 1972 film Agatha with Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. It is also one of the eleven British Coaches to have hosted royals whose structure survived the bombings of the Second World War.
Onboard a British Pullman, A Luxury Train, England, the Cygnus carriage features two private compartments that can be reserved exclusively for up to four guests; the entire wagon, on the other hand, can also be booked for groups and celebrations, up to a maximum of 26 people. Where do we start from? All year-round, from London Victoria station.