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18 Apr 2018

BY Rob Gill


Poshest train in the world? VSOE unveils redesigned Grand Suites

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) has unveiled three new suites designed by Wimberly Interiors.

Wimblerly VSOE Istanbul Suite

The classiest act on rails? Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has three incredible new suites

The first guests will get to experience the luxury train’s new Grand Suites - named after its key destinations Paris, Venice and Istanbul - this month.


Wimberly Interiors worked closely with the train’s operator Belmond on the project with the aim to “retain the carriage’s intrinsic features and enrich the original bespoke details”.

Gary Franklin, managing director, trains and cruises for Belmond, said: “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.”

The Paris Suite features Art Deco-inspired design touches, while The Venice Suite includes Murano glass chandeliers alongside traditional Venetian mirrors and tapestry, and The Istanbul Suite has been influenced by Ottoman design and the city’s Grand Bazaar.

Rachel Johnson, vice president and London studio director at Wimberly Interiors, added: “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.


“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.”

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