Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Belmond’s timeless Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train reclaims the bygone glamour of luxury travel along Paris, Rome, Venice, and beyond. At the heart of its set of carriages is the signature vintage charm and innate opulence synonymous with the historic line.

In collaboration with the Belmond team and Chef Jean Imbert, L’Observatoire International redesigned the ambiance of the iconic train’s carriages for a deeper, richer transport experience through location and time. Hand-dipped lamps engineered by Venetian and French artisans to uphold the technical conditions of the train glow a creamy, diffuse texture, warming deeper as natural light ebbs with the day’s turning. Subtle accents and retail spotlights layer radiance, much like a painter in the Golden Twenties might have stroked his brush for more intricate charm. In soft lustre, nostalgia breathes throughout the interiors and highlights the twentieth-century art deco impeccably featured across the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’s existing design. Palpable history comes to light for a journey both indulgently ornate and unmistakably modern.


Location Worldwide
Interior Designer Belmond Interior Design Team
Client Belmond
Type Hospitality Transportation
Status In Progress

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leaders Leah Xandora Francesco Secone
Photo Credits L'Observatoire International