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2 0 18 G O L D K E Y AWA R D S

BEST SPECIALTY DESIGN

WINNER

BELMOND VENICE-SIMPLON ORIENT EXPRESS GRAND SUITES
LONDON

THE COMMISSION: Develop three private

"Grand Suites," drawing inspiration from the
heritage and style of the cities the train weaves
through while remaining true to its status as an
art deco icon. That translated to elegant touches
such as the high-gloss marquetry throughout each
space. The bold geometries and ornate bordering
also represent the opulence synonymous with
1920s and 30s luxury.

city's haute couture with velvety upholsteries and
an abstract mosaic of peacocks behind the headboard. Its gastronomic excellence is highlighted too
in the crystal barware, Lalique crystal panels and
regal furnishings.
THE CHALLENGE: Achieving luxury in such
a compact space. "Every piece of furniture was
custom-designed for the train and scaled to fit,"
reveals Rachel Johnson, senior vice president and
studio director for Wimberly Interiors. Efficient
layouts and the strategic use of mirrors visually
expand these accommodations.

THE CHARRETTE: All hail the golden age of travel,

when boarding a train, plane or ocean liner was
considered an "event." The suites' interiors incorporate all the necessary elements to convey the 5-star
promise in the context of the Roaring Twenties:
etched glass, intricate mosaics and gold accents.
Each grand suite takes its cues from a different
locale along the route. For example, the Paris suite
features a light color palette and represents the
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THE COOL STUFF: Embrace a little maximalism

to create an immersive experience. The Venice
Suite plays up an antique tapestry sourced in its
namesake city and the use of Murano glass chandeliers to create a moveable sense of place. In the
Istanbul Suite, the rich patterning behind the headboard is influenced by that found in the Topkapi
Palace. Spotlighted materials include hand-carved

timber, marquetry panel borders accented with
mother of pearl, embossed leather and exaggerated
metal details.
THE CARRY-OUT: Designing for smaller spaces
offers the opportunity to focus on the details that
often have to be passed off in larger-scale projects.
The arrangements of crystal and barware in each
grand suite are not only a nod to the extravagance
of an era of bygone luxury, but also design drivers
that contribute to the escapist experience.

SOURCES
OWNER/OPERATOR: Belmond Ltd., London; DESIGN FIRM:
Wimberly Interiors, a design studio of WATG, London: Rachel
Johnson, senior vice president + studio director; Sophie Deeley,
project designer; BATH & SPA: Philippe Armand; FABRICS: Alma
Leather; Beaumont & Fletcher; Chase Erwin; Designer's Guild;
Houles UK: Lelievre Ltd (UK); Moore & Giles UK; Osborne & Little
UK; Phillip Jeffries; Romo Group; Style Library Contract; Zimmer
& Rhode; Zoffany; FLOORCOVERINGS: Jules Filpo Carpets;
FURNITURE: Philippe Armand; LIGHTING: Best & Lloyd; OTHER:
Jerome Clochard (mosaic work); Lalique (crystal panels); Philippe
Armand (marquetry)

C O U R T E S Y O F B E L M O N D LT D.

DESIGN FIRM: Wimberly Interiors (a design studio
of WATG), London


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