With the announcement that director Wes Andersons new film The French Dispatch will be in cinemas soon we thought it would be a good time to share some images of a project we recently worked on with Lighting designers and manufacturer Northern Lights.
We were tasked with producing the art deco style design by Northern Lights, to made in porcelain to specific measurements. We produced a very limited number of only 10 units. All cast by hand, in fine translucent white porcelain, which when lit from inside takes on a warmer hue that accommodates the warmth of the wooden panelling in the carriage. We carved the original design from a solid block of plaster, to which we then made our master moulds and productions moulds from to cast the form with.
"Luxury travel specialist Belmond has revealed its newest project, a collaboration with the American film director Wes Anderson. The result is a restored and renewed carriage in Belmond’s British Pullman train, enhanced and upgraded to create a window into Anderson’s world."
This exclusive cinematic design collaboration invites visitors to experience a representation of the golden age of travel while appreciating the beauty through Andersons' off-beat glance. like entering one of the director’s whimsical film sets, bold and sharp lines, intricate patterns, vivid colours, and nostalgic sentiments take over the scene. wood-panelled walls with immersive symmetrical marquetry and intricate-patterned upholstering's subtly lead the eye up to the pastel-pink ceiling.
‘I have often had the chance to invent train compartments and carriages in my movies,’ said wes anderson. ‘so I was 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. an endangered species of travel which is nevertheless very suited to our time.’
Stunningly symmetrical marquetry