“Travelling from the capital of cool to the capital of fashion, we think the Eurostar needs an urgent make-over.” – Christopher Jenner, globe-trotting designer.

A-Gent of Style
has been a regular voyageur on Eurostar since its launch in 1994 and his student days in France; as I was boarding this most cherished train on my way back to London last night after a wonderful long weekend in France, I couldn’t help but daydream about the fanciful, conceptual project South-African, UK-based designer Christopher Jenner envisaged for the Eurostar.


Emotively layered with various references, Jenner’s splendid hybrid version takes cue from the luxury means of transport of the golden age from the turn of the past century and also from futuristic visions: I couldn’t help but pick up visual associations with the Orient-Express, First Class seats on aeroplanes, David Collins’ Bob Bob Ricard and Japan’s ‘Bullet Train‘.

In essence, Jenner’s visionary Eurostar would be brighter, more spacious and isolated and ultimately glamourous.

There would be individual cantilevered, high-backed wing chairs-cum-booths providing privacy, noise reduction and a cozy place to relax and enjoy the panoramic views. A tribute would be paid to the original colour palette but this time the cocooning seats would be made of white material with a ‘gaufraged’ pattern and the inner upholstery would have a vibrant lemon fabric ornamented with deep-tufts.

These modern-day ‘porter chairs’ would provide ultimate luxury: reclinable armrest providing services for air, power and connection, retractable footrests, adjustable headrests and high-tech screens behind each seat.

The carriages would be finished in carbon fiber, have polished brass detailing on the seats and all the way up to the olde worlde luggage racks (one of my favourite specifications here) and the floor would be covered in rubber wood, have no harsh corners and will curve seamlessly up to dado  window level.

What A-Gent of Style would like to see (or even work on!) is the staff sporting bespoke uniforms and branding that would match the aesthetics of the train. Imagine boarding the Eurostar and being greeted and served by ushers and usherettes dressed like Virgin Atlantic cabin crew in their newly designed Vivienne Westwood uniforms or any outfits designed by the fantastic No Uniform, the award-winning uniform design company which is responsible for some of the most striking outfits in the hospitality, corporate and retail worlds – think Bob Bob Ricard, Skylon, Gaucho Grill, Crème de la Mer, The Goring and many other established brands. Now that would be glamourous!

Let’s hope this divine conceptualisation materialise one day.


  • Caroline RUNGE

    Wow, that looks very cool!
    Travelling in style!

    August 19, 2013
    • fabricebana

      doesn’t it just! DREAMY!!!

      August 19, 2013

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