American filmmaker and railfan, Wes Anderson, has been tasked with reimagining the Cygnus carriage aboard the British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England, paying tribute to both the golden age of cinema and travel.
Acclaimed for films including The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently The French Dispatch, Anderson has been able to carefully balance the historical preservation of the art deco-inspired carriage with a modern interpretation of design.
The carriage is instantly recognisable as a Wes Anderson design through his signature symmetrical lines, unique colour pallets and art nouveau style. The bespoke design also introduces an elevated guest experience with two new private coupés in the carriage.
Each carriage aboard British Pullman has a unique history and continues to be at the cutting edge of design and craftsmanship. With Cygnus’ design, Anderson has paid tribute in his dream-like storytelling to the origins of the 1950s carriage.
Named after the Greek God of Balance, Cygnus is often personified as a swan and immortalised as one of the most recognisable constellations in the night sky. Detailed reference to the myth and legend can be found throughout the design in the intricate waves and swan detailing in the marquetry. From the meticulously positioned silver leaf on the ceiling that reflects like water, to the swan-shaped champagne coolers – the carriage is a tribute to the majestic swan.
The Cygnus carriage features two private coupés where every detail of the design and experience takes a journey aboard British Pullman to a new level of luxury. The intimate space, with 360 degree carefully handcrafted marquetry, can be exclusively booked for up to four guests – beginning at London Victoria where the Train Manager greets guests with priority boarding and ensures free-flowing champagne is available throughout the journey.
Contemporary British menus are served on special crockery, with additional flourishes from British Pullman’s Head Chef and exclusive cocktails served in glassware only available in the private coupé.
Guests can also travel in the open carriage as part of the regular Pullman experience or choose to book the entire carriage for groups and celebrations up to 26 people.
British Pullman, A Luxury Train, England, offers a host of day journeys throughout the year from London Victoria Station.
‘Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson’ starts from £400 per person. The ‘Pullman coupé by Wes Anderson’ starts from £1,800 per coupé. The full carriage hire price is available on request.