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Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Hospitality Interiors

December 2017

Wimberly Interiors, a design studio of WATG, is behind the interiors of three luxurious private Grand Suites aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Encapsulating the nostalgia and romance of the Golden age of travel, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Belmond travels between London, Paris and Venice from March to November, and from Paris to Istanbul once a year in August.

Led by Rachel Johnson, vice-president and London studio director at Wimberly Interiors, the Grand Suites extend the 1920’s and 30’s styling of the carriages. Many of the original features and fixings have been retained within the accommodation, honouring the brand’s distinct heritage, while embracing the individual style, landscapes and cultures of each of the train’s destinations.

The Paris Suite, for example, takes its inspiration from the city’s historic love affair with the art deco movement. Wimberly Interiors has created a light, crisp colour palette here, complete with exquisite decorative details. Paris’ haute couture and gastronomic excellence is evoked through the elegant furnishings, delicate fabrics, crystal barware and Lalique crystal panels.

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