Any superyacht interior designer will tell you that one of the biggest challenges they face is creating an ultra-luxurious environment in cabins and saloons that are often far smaller than the bedrooms and homes their clients have on land. This issue was also one face by design firm Wimberly Interiors when it was tasked with outfitting the new high-end grand Suites on board the Venice Simplon-Orient Express.
Named Venice, Paris and Istanbul, after the classic European cities visited during the golden age of train travel, each offers a variation on an 1920s-inspired code of timeless elegance. Rachel Johnson, vice president and studio director at Wimberly Interiors, take us inside the iconic train...
The Paris Suite
The design for the three suites draws inspiration from the romance, adventure, and style of each of the destinations the train weaves through; Paris, the train’s home; Venice, one of the train’s most popular overnight trips; and Istanbul, the destination of the extravagant annual three-night trip.
Taking inspiration from Paris’ historic love affair with the Art Deco movement, our team at Wimberly Interiors adorned the suite with exquisite decorative touches and a light and crisp colour palette. The city is renowned as a capital for food and fashion, which is channeled through elegant furnishings, delicate fabrics, and crystal detailing.