The carriage arrived at midnight on Valentine’s Day, 2008, after a painstaking two-miles-per-hour journey from Essex, clearing the railway bridge with just two inches to spare: a rescued 1960s 57-seater carriage, courtesy of South Eastern Trains.
We transformed the carriage into a community café and bistro which operated as an independent business; it was an exciting new addition to Deptford High Street, which was welcomed by the local community and attracted new visitors to the area. Prices were reasonable, coffee was sustainably sourced and food was home-made from local ingredients.
Award-winning designer Morag Myerscough was commissioned to produce the visual identity for the carriage. The project was featured widely in the press including Vogue, Time Out (Editor’s Choice), Elle (Japan) and The Sunday Telegraph magazine, as well as on design and style blogs around the world.