22/10/2013 Eurostar appoints Christopher Jenner to new role as Creative Director

22 Oct 2013

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking London and mainland Europe, announced today the appointment of respected international designer, Christopher Jenner, to the role of Creative Director.  The newly created position, which is a first in the rail industry, will see Christopher charged with bringing a fresh view and a design-led perspective to new and existing projects across Eurostar’s business.

Eurostar has a long history of employing design as a driver for innovation from the groundbreaking design of its original fleet of trains to its industry leading business class lounges and on-board service.  Christopher’s appointment marks the latest chapter in this story and comes at a time when Eurostar is investing £700 million to deliver a new state-of-the-art fleet.

The appointment is the most recent in a series of initiatives which demonstrate Eurostar’s ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible customer experience and recognises the important role which physical design plays in delivering this ambition.  Christopher’s brief focuses on the Eurostar customer experience and customers can expect to see the initial results of the collaboration in the near future.

Commenting on Christopher’s appointment, Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said:

The success of our business rests on the strength of our product and we have a long history of breaking the mould to bring our customers the very best travel experience.  All aspects of the Eurostar physical environment work together to bring our brand to life and our travellers demand and deserve the very best.  We have some exciting projects in the pipeline which will continue this tradition of innovation and excellence.

Christopher Jenner, continued:

This partnership gives me the opportunity to bring my design skills to a wide range of customer touch points.  Travel plays such an important part in our lives, and this collaboration with Eurostar will allow me to further elevate the customer experience.

Christopher’s work is characterised by the ability to combine both heritage and tradition with a sense of the contemporary.  This is evident in his attention to detail and his passion for artisanal skills and craft.

In 2012 Christopher presented his first studio work with the acclaimed installation ‘The Looking Glass House’ and the toy-like collection ‘Swell’ at the Salone del Mobile, Milan. A year later he was awarded British breakthrough talent for 2012 by FX magazine.  His studio enjoys the patronage of a small list of clients who employ design as a key part of their strategy.

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Notes to editors:

Christopher Jenner

Christopher Jenner started his studio in London towards the end of 2010.

Born in South Africa, he graduated in Cape Town, from where he set off on a period of extended travel, living in Paris, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. This journey, coupled with a childhood passion for indigenous culture, continues to effect a ethnographic narrative in his projects.

Christopher’s approach is very much an endeavor of enquiry and less specific to a single style. His strategic approach is cultivated through an in-depth explorative and research process, resulting in a myriad of compositions.

About Eurostar

  1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
  2. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways).  On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
  3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph.  Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 130 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.  The new Eurostar e320 will carry more than 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
  5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.

 

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