Nothing conjures up images of opulence and glamour as the famous Orient Express. When Northern Lights were approached by Wimberly Interiors to create fittings for this iconic project we were honoured to become part of this train’s great history. We were asked to work on the new ‘Grand suites’. These suites are a new level of luxury on the world’s most famous train, bringing together craftsmanship from many designers and manufacturers that have truly mastered their art.
The designers were tasked with capturing the spirit of Istanbul for one of the Grand Suites. The Arabesque architecture and intricate decorations both external and internal to the buildings of the city was captured by focusing on the details. Elements such as hand-carved timbers, embossed leathers and the fine intricate fretwork on our wall light helped the designer achieve a very challenging brief.
This wall light is made from the finest quality brass that helped us achieve superior soldered joints. The mirror behind the fitting meant there was nowhere to hide any seams and each piece of the design had to be considered. We used the knowledge and skills we have developed in the cruise ship industry to make sure there was no chance of any noises coming from the vibrations caused during travel. All fixings were designed to be hidden and the stepped back plate was carefully designed to reflect the Arabic patterns found elsewhere in the cabin.
The second ‘Grand suite’ we worked on was the Venetian suite. The grandeur of this beautiful city is interwoven into the silk fabrics, with hues of silver and grey and hand-crafted venetian glass adorning the baroque-style furnishing and fittings. The wall light in the bathroom was designed to be suitable for the wet environment without sacrificing style or glamour. The highly polished brass finish complements the inlays of brass found throughout the rest of the suite.
Belmond was recently nominated in the ‘Civic, Culture & Transport’ category for The Venice Simplon-Orient Express at the INSIDE awards.
Photography courtesy of Wimberly Interiors.