The Orient Express – or should we call it “Nostalgia-Istanbul-Orient-Express”? – has taken the opportunity of the 18th edition of the international Design Miami show to unveil the first images of its luxurious Presidential Suite. Here’s a look!
Completely revisited but still as luxurious, the mythical Orient Express opens, 140 years after the launch of the first trains, several new chapters in its history and should be back on the rails by 2024.
One month after its Parisian presentation “Orient Express Révélation, Once upon the time”, organized on the occasion of the Paris contemporary art week, the Orient Express continues its journey, heading for Miami, in the United States, to present its rebirth.
And it was at the 18th edition of the international Design Miami trade show, from November 30 to December 4, that the legendary train unveiled, in total immersion and virtual reality, its fantastic Presidential Suite, but also its future Bar-Car and Restaurant-Car, its Suites and its corridors.
“At the crossroads of creativity and healthy imagination, Orient Express has found the best setting to unveil the exclusive decor of its Presidential Suite that will mark the history of train travel and continue the Orient Express legend with authenticity and unparalleled luxury”, said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor.
“The Orient Express Presidential Suite captures the essence of the future train. It is a work carved out of excess, inspired by the geniuses and pioneers of Art Deco, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann and Armand-Albert Rateau, and by the importance of refinement and the absolute finesse of detail. It is a Suite where travellers can experience history, extreme luxury and ultimate comfort all at once,” explained architect Maxime d’Angeac (Daum, Hermès, Guerlain…).
For this project, the architect – who also was in charge of the Guerlain boutique on the Champs-Elysées – immersed himself in the great artistic movements that inspired this magnificent Presidential Suite, which occupies an entire train car of the former Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express.
Over 21 meters long and 2.65 meters wide, occupying a total of 55 square meters, the majestic Presidential Suite includes a theatrical “Four Columns room”, adorned with the most beautiful Lalique panels and a gas fireplace, a spacious bedroom with a subtle decor, wrapped in embroidered velvet, custom-made furniture and an elegant bathroom, a tribute to Albert-Armand Rateau and his work dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin. Its interior also houses an LX cabin dated 1929, with two beds, adorned with solid mahogany and Nelson and Prou marquetry, recovered and fully restored as well as a Cabinet de l’Égoïste hiding, oh surprise, a secret room.
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© Photos: Maxime Dangeac et Martin Darzacq
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