The legend of the Orient Express is to be continued. Now more details of the new train have been unveiled: Under the direction of architect Maxime d'Angeac, the design of the historic carriages was presented.
For the first time, Orient Express presents the interior of the social areas. This includes the future bar car: Under large skylights in the style of the Second Empire, a glass bar forms the center of the action and is a tribute to the most famous glass artist of Art Deco as well as Art Nouveau, René Lalique. A clock at each table announces the cocktail hour and dinner times.
For the dining car's decor, Maxime d'Angeac reinterprets the 1930s 'Rail' motif once designed by Suzanne Lalique-Haviland, using the stoneboard technique for the partitions. The ceiling is mirrored and pierced by arches. Dark leather armchairs line the tables under this firmament, each table illuminated by individual lamps similar to the train's original lighting.
All corners in the guest suites are rounded, the partitions covered with precious woods and leather, and the wooden headboards embroidered with mother-of-pearl and bronze. One alcove features Lalique's famous 'Blackbirds & Grapes' panels, still from the historic train. When it's time for the "big transformation," the sofas become a large bed.
"We are reinterpreting a legendary train, drawing on the expertise and talent of France's finest craftsmen to create a new ambassador of French luxury," says architect Maxime d'Angeac.
Sébastien Bazin, Chairmain & CEO Accor: "Maxime d'Angeac's design brings the myth to life by combining luxury, modernity and French elegance. The Orient Express will shine again, looking to the future with pride in its 140-year history. The legend continues." The train is scheduled to launch in 2025.
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Source: Top Hotel
Pictures: Maxime d' Angeac and Martin Darzacq