Take Your First Peek Inside the Luxurious New Orient Express Train

published Oct 30, 2022
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A luxurious new take on the iconic Orient Express train is coming in 2025, and you can take you first sneak peek now. A first round of images of the updated car interiors was recently unveiled at an immersive virtual reality exhibition called the “Orient Express Revelation,” which was displayed during Paris art week.

This time around, French architect Maxime d’Angeac is responsible for redesigning the historic train, which he hopes to turn into “a new embassy of French luxury.”

“We have two versions of the Orient Express,” D’Angeac told Dezeen. “One in 1883, and one extremely famous [one] that you could see in the movies of James Bond and Sidney Lumet, which was the Orient Express 1924. Since 1924, nothing happened, so we’ve redone everything 100 years later.”

The result is a new design that blends a whole host of styles, from the classic art deco aesthetics of the Dining Car to the Bar Car’s Second Empire-style glass domes, all-glass bar counter, and modern, bright green chairs.

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The Dining Car also features a mirrored ceiling, wraparound armchairs, and lampshades inspired by the original train lights.

Other original details from the previous Orient Express can be found throughout, such as Morrison and Nelson marquetry that were found in 2015 by researcher Arthur Mettetal, after the train had laid abandoned on the border between Belarus and Poland for 10 years.

Meanwhile, the boarding suites feature mother pearl and bronze accents and leather walls, while panels taken from the original train — which feature French jeweler René Lalique’s  Blackbirds & Grapes design — are used throughout guests’ rooms.

“Orient Express Revelation” will travel from Paris to Design Miami in November, where it will be on display from November 30 to December 4. Can’t attend? No problem. You can also see the train in a new video tour.

You can also learn more about the new Orient Express by signing up for behind-the-scenes updates from designers, artists, and more here.