Three new ultra-luxurious private suites aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express receive their first ever guests this month. Created by Wimberly Interiors these beautiful suites are adorned with opulent marquetry and offer guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to be transported to the golden era of travel in suitably contemporary luxury.
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express brings to life the romance and nostalgia of the golden age of travel with its luxurious 1920s and 1930s carriages. Drawing inspiration from the romance, adventure and style of each of the destinations the train weaves through; Paris, Venice and Istanbul, Wimberly Interiors has used ornate detailing, hand-beaded embroidery and lavish fabrics to reflect each city’s unique character. Wimberly Interiors worked closely with Belmond to retain the carriage’s intrinsic features and enrich the original bespoke details, celebrating the original décor of the Roaring Twenties in every stylistic detail.
Throughout the season, the train journeys through a mobile-tapestry of changing landscapes, connecting three of Europe’s most exciting and culturally rich cities. The resplendent décor embraces and enhances the carriage’s history, creating an exceptional and genuine experience for the discerning traveller.
“It was extremely important when developing the design concept, that we embraced the unique story and history of the brand. To capture the epitome of classic luxury travel that the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express exudes,” comments Rachel Johnson, Vice President and London Studio Director, Wimberly Interiors. “We focused on moments within each city, inspiring visual cues and the overall Belmond guest experience. It was an exciting challenge to use this inspiration to recreate the essence of Art Deco glamour in a graceful and timeless design.”
Now available for guests to experience, there are three beautifully designed suites for guests to enjoy. “This is a one of a kind restoration project; we are going to completely transform the individual classic cabins into three exceptional suites. The designs are sensitive to the original history of the carriages and each cabin is inspired by the city it represents.” Comments Gary Franklin, Managing Director, Trains & Cruises for Belmond.
The Paris Suite
Wimberly Interiors has taken inspiration from Paris’ historic love affair with the Art Deco movement, and adorned the suite with exquisite decorative touches and a light and crisp color palette. The city’s haute couture and gastronomic excellence is channelled through elegant furnishings, delicate fabrics, crystal barware and Lalique crystal panels.
The Venice Suite
Venice’s grandeur has been interwoven into the space by Wimberly Interiors using damask silks, blue and silver hues and bespoke Murano Glass Chandeliers which reflect the city’s baroque and renaissance heritage. Celebrating local craftsmanship, decorative elements include traditional Venetian mirrors and an antique tapestry sourced from Venice, which evoke an authentic sense of the city.
The Istanbul Suite
This suite has been influenced by the rich patterning of the Topkapi Palace, traditional Ottoman design and Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. Wimberly Interiors have used hand carved timber and marquetry panel borders accented with mother of pear recall the opulence and romance of the destination while amber crystal ware, embossed leather and exaggerated metal details honour the city’s unique heritage.
“One of the key design elements in each suite is the extravagant, high gloss marquetry, which blends the unique rich traditional patterns of each city with the Art Deco design of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express carriages.” Sophie Deeley, Project Designer, Wimberly Interiors.
Wimberly Interiors, a design studio of WATG, has established itself at the forefront of hospitality design, delivering inspiring designs that integrate reality with emotion, and ranking 10th among Hospitality Giants by Interior Design.
Venice Simplon-Orient Express travels between London, Paris and Venice from March to November and from Paris to Istanbul once a year in August/September on an extraordinary journey from west to east where Europe meets Asia. Offering the ultimate in style and comfort, guests will be able to travel in complete seclusion with each suite featuring private bathrooms with showers, double beds and a living area. There is also a personal cabin steward available for all on-board services, including free-flowing champagne and private in-suite dining. A classic one-night journey from London to Venice, in a Grand Suite is priced at £5,500 per person, discover more and book at Belmond.