Who hasn’t dreamed of stepping into a kooky, Wes Anderson designed world? It’s now a reality thanks to the Belmond British Pullman …
Wes Anderson is fond of a good train. Many of his films – see The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel – feature specifically-designed carriages from the exacting and aesthetically-obsessed director.
And now, you can play out your very own Margot Tenenbaum fantasies in a real life version, thanks to Belmond’s British Pullman. The luxury train commissioned the film director to reinvigorate one of its classic carriages and the results are every bit as quirky as we’d hoped.
Anderson reimagined the Pullman’s 1950s Cygnus carriage which had heavy vintage leanings, exaggerating the swan theme and imbuing the setting with his signature brand of quirk. Swan Champagne cooler, anyone?
So far, so kooky. But the craftsmanship is what really steals the show. An intricate silver-leafed ceiling contrasts with dramatic winged chairs in emerald green upholstery, while the marquetry that wraps the space is deliciously Art Deco.
The train’s first voyage takes place today, ahead of the release of Anderson’s new film The French Dispatch next week.
TWO MORE TO LOVE …
If, like us, this news has you spiralling down a Wes Anderson rabbit hole we’ve earmarked two more locations that may tickle your fancy.
If you haven’t checked out (if only via Instagram) The Painter’s Room, the new bar at Claridge’s, we recommend you do so post-haste. The precious space is a blush pink dream and was designed by Irish tastemaker Bryan O’ Sullivan of Bos Studio. It also boasts art by Annie Morris Studio as well as a host of indulgent cocktails, of course.
Meanwhile, Hotel Les Deux Gares is a Paris enclave (the brainchild of British interior designer Luke Edward Hall) that has more than one or two Wes Anderson references. (See Natalie Portman in the director’s short film Hotel Chevalier).
We can’t decide what we love more – the striped headboards, the leopard-print couches installed in the bedrooms or the buttercup Art Deco bathrooms.
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