You can now travel on a train designed by Wes Anderson

If you’re fan of Wes Anderson’s movies, then you’re in luck: you can now travel on a train designed by the American filmmaker himself.

Luxury travel pioneer and hospitality company, Belmond, has recently announced an exclusive cinematic design partnership with Anderson. The collaboration will see a re-imagination of the Cygnus carriage aboard the legendary British Pullman, which will travel throughout the English countryside from London.

The alliance is unsurprising to say the least. After all, The Darjeeling Limited was mostly set on a luxury train, and who could ever forget that delightful funicular in The Grand Budapest Hotel? The Cygnus carriage that Anderson is designing also has another cinematic link: it was featured in the 1979 film Agatha starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Award-winning American filmmaker, Wes Anderson

“I love trains! I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies — so I was immediately pleased to say ‘yes’ to this real life opportunity, and very eager to make something new while also participating in the process of preservation which accompanies all the classic Belmond train projects. They are keeping something special alive; igniting this endangered species of travel into a new golden era,” says Anderson, on the design collaboration.

Here, Anderson manages to carefully balance the historical preservation of the Art Deco-inspired carriage, but with a modern twist. The filmmaker’s work here is unmissable: think his signature symmetrical lines, unique colour palettes and art nouveau style.

He maintains a generally green monochromatic look in the carriage with a green-patterned fabric on the couches, adding to the already busy, green carpet and curtains. The pop of colour here comes in the form of a cheeky pink ceiling that adds a bit more fun to the dark-wood interior.

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