The Istanbul suite.
Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

Inside the Opulent New Suites of the Storied Orient Express

Three elegant cabins, designed by Wimberly Interiors, reprise the heyday of luxury rail travel
Venice Simplon Orient Express in a train station. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

The world’s most fabled train ride became even more romantic in April.  Thanks to luxury hospitality group Belmond, the storied Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has a ravishing new carriage.

Comprising just three opulent Art Deco–inspired suites, the addition, which was overseen by London’s Wimberly Interiors, features custom work by artisans in glassblowing, marquetry, and mosaics.

Named and decorated after the line’s most evocative stops—Paris, Venice, and Istanbul—the cabins represent the height of luxury rail travel, down to the last detail of their marble bathrooms.

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“Designing within such a confined space was certainly challenging, but we are delighted with the results,” says Wimberly vice president and studio director Rachel Johnson. “Every item and finish has a story to tell.”

The bar car with luxe blue upholstery. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond
The Istanbul suite. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond
The Paris suite detail shot of the bathroom. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond
The Venice Suite. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond
Art Deco detailing in the Paris suite. Photo: Courtesy of Belmond

A version of this article first appeared in print in our Summer 2018 Issue in the section called The Artful Life. Subscribe to the magazine.

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