DESIGN

SLOW TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Sep 07, 2017 admin

treno machu pichu

The first luxury sleeper train in Perù, with its iconic interiors designed by Muza Lab, is a space where the beauty of the land can infuse the soul.

Muza Lab, the highly-specialised studio founded by Inge Moore and Nathan Hutchins in London with a focus dedicated exclusively to one-of-a-kind luxury projects around the globe, has re-imagined the slow travel experience through their interior design of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru, which launched on the rails early May 2017.

Soft, neutral tones create an open, airy feel that allows the amazing vistas to take centre stage. Drawing upon the palettes and textures of the majestic terrain, as well as Peruvian crafts and artistry, Muza has developed an understated concept of timeless luxury. Select nostalgic elements of the original train, Great South Pacific Express, have been restored or added as emblems of the golden age of train travel. Now, the 16 carriages have been contemporised with a refined, pared-back aesthetic suited to the preferences of today’s travellers. Beautifully crafted furnishings reflect Peru’s heritage and natural bounty to form a welcoming spirit that feels real and honest, from timber floors to linen roman blinds and colourful woven textiles, nearly everything has been locally sourced. Timber wall panels have been painted in muted shades of linen. Muza was also involved in the exterior palette, with the carriages’ original colouration of maroon and ivory updated to glossy blue livery in a nod to Belmond’s 50/50 partnership with PeruRail, whose day train locomotives are also vibrant blue.