‘Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express’ exhibition made its first international stop in Singapore, following its debut in Paris, France. Featuring a collection of over 300 artefacts, the original 158-year-old locomotive, and two Pullman carriages, the exhibition walked visitors through a reconstituted train platform and showrooms which encapsulated the history of the iconic train service. As a part of the immersive experience, Voiture Restaurant was built as a replica of the heritage locomotive, featuring a fully fitted-out interior along with a service bar counter. Offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the legendary carriage, the exhibition was curated and organised by VISIONAIRS in Art Pte. Ltd.
Consisting of multiple elaborated compartments and niches, trunk-shaped exhibition displays were carefully assembled and installed on-site, housing an intricate display of valuable artefacts. The carpentry work for the service bar counter included the fabrication of a recessed display shelving fitted with wooden partitions, LED light strips, and a reflective mirror panel, creating an elegant yet functional showcase for the wine bottles and glassware on display.
Set against the scenic surroundings of Gardens by the Bay, the facade of the boutique museum featured replicated decor of the renowned Paris railway station – Gare Du Nord. The outdoor pavilion was assembled with the use of aluminium-framed tentage structures constructed from ground level, providing an accommodating space that seamlessly housed the exhibition area spanning 2,000 square meters in total.
“To ensure the artefacts were kept in a pristine condition, our team paid great attention to detail during the set-up of the exhibits, which featured a collection of relics associated with the illustrious history behind the Orient Express.”
“Complemented by exquisite marble-patterned bar counters, wooden high bar stools and cylinder pedestals finished in elegant swirls of matte white and chrome gold, it added a sophisticated and stylish flair to the space.”