Boutique Design - December 2017 - 92
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Muza Lab, London
THE SCRIPT Renovate South America's first luxury sleeper train into a
serene 21st-century escape. Tone down colors to emphasize the scenery
outside, including transforming the signature palette from warm
maroon and ivory to glossy blue. "The 16 carriages (each 54-ft. long) of
the 1,000-ft.-long train have been contemporized with a refined, paredback aesthetic suited to the preferences of today's travelers. The interiors were designed to tap into the train journey's dreamlike sense of
suspended time, an experience where moments seem to slow down,"
says Inge Moore, co-founder, Muza Lab.
THE SHOOT Make design that keeps guests engaged through all the
dayparts that take place on board (breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner)
without overpowering the scenery or the senses. Moore and her team
called on the reserved glamour of the train travel of yore for the foundation of that look. Marble, leather and wood form a sophisticated shell.
THE DIRECTOR'S CUT Make tactile artisanal pieces focal points that
reinforce a sense of place-especially key in a moving vehicle where
guests need visual cues that this train isn't just a Point-A-to-PointB method of transit. "In the Observation Car, for example, the central
round seat is covered in fabrics from traditional dresses sourced at a
Cusco market. Inside, the bar is furnished with traditional embossed
leather chairs and cozy sofas, and passementerie on the roman blinds is
from antique Incan fabrics. Bold, contemporary graphics, hand-drawn
antique maps and heartfelt photos of locals and regional animals are
arranged in collages alongside butterfly and insect images that embrace
the exquisite Andean wildlife," adds Moore.
THE TRAILER With the unabated love of adventure travel, contextual
design needs to evolve. From trains to hyper-local hotels, travelers' immediate surroundings-as in, the wall by the bed, a vase on a table or a single
art piece-are the small building blocks of unforgettable experiences.
OWNER/OPERATOR: Belmond Ltd., London; DESIGN FIRM: Muza Lab, London: Inge Moore
and Nathan Hutchins, co-founders; ARCHITECT: Palacio Arquitectos, Lima, Peru; PURCHASING
COMPANY: Palacio Arquitectos, Lima, Peru; GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Casa Linda; Ccapac;
Modular 505; Santander; DESIGN CONSULTANT: Granville McAnear Lighting Design (lighting);
ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS: Manpower; ART & ACCESSORIES: AZ Photography; Bienvenida
Magazine; Bronces Marisa; Cusco Artisans; Dedalo Gallery; Gabriella Quevedo; Grimanesa Neuhaus;
King of Maps; Martin Chambi Photography; Miki Suzuki; Walldecor; AUDIO/VISUAL & ELECTRONICS:
Global Access; Lutron; BATH & SPA: Hierro y Madera; Spa Equipment; FABRICS: Amara Living Ltd.;
Ambito; Cueros y Pieles Santa Lucia; Dedar SPA; Klaud; Nobilis; Pais Textil; Plumas; Romantex;
Textiles Pomataylla; Tienda Museo Josefina Olivera; FLOORCOVERINGS: Brintons; El Espartano;
Mallki Raymi; Meglio; Tribeca SAC; FURNITURE: Breika Muebles; Carughi; Canzani; Interdiseño;
J&C Consorcio; LIGHTING: Bronces Marisa; LED Solutions; RH Contract; Vaughan Ltd.; SIGNAGE:
Instinto Publicitario; Nelson Associates; SURFACING MATERIALS: Mecca Furniture; Nano Cover
SAC; Rossello; WN Acabados & Tendencias SAC; WALLCOVERINGS: Arte Intl.; Casa Linda; Ccapac;
Modular 505; Romantex; Santander; WINDOW TREATMENTS: Fernando Iturriaga
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THE HIGHLIGHT REEL If it ain't broke, restore it. "Select nostalgic
elements of the original train have been restored or added as emblems
of the golden age of train travel. Brass room keys were forged into
the shape of the Chakana Cross, one of the most enduring shamanic
symbols of Incan civilization and the train's official crest," notes Moore.
"Finishes have been renewed where possible, with timber wall panels
painted in muted shades of linen," she adds.