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Lalique Art Deco glasswork on the Orient Express

The Orient Express

Dining Car 4141 named ‘Côte d’Azur’ was built in 1929 as a first class Pullman and was decorated by René Lalique who in the 1920s became famous for his Art Deco glass work. He was also responsible for the glass and elegant coloured columns which filled the dining room and “grand salon” of the SS Normandie and the interior fittings, cross, screens, reredos and font of St. Matthew’s Church at Millbrook in Jersey – referred to as “Lalique’s Glass Church”.

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Time Travel is real !

Science fiction has always teased us with the possibility of ‘going back in time’, to explore, touch and experience history. Well it might not be physically possible to do this but you can hark back to the days when style, design, service and quality were the standard offerings.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice. Traveling on the old Orient Express route across Europe.

The train rolling stock dates back from the 1920s and 1930s and are all carefully restored but still extremely practical for modern living – you can even charge your iPhone or iPad. The craftsmanship that went into creating the original carriages would be very difficult to replicate – inlaid wood, chromed fittings and Art Deco, René Lalique frosted glass reliefs. These wonderfully engineered carriages give the traveler a romantic, nostalgic and luxurious experience that oozes history.

Each sleeper cabin has an original washbasin cabinet, having hot and cold running water – there is a little storage, mirrors and places to store your toiletries, all confined into a space smaller than a single wardrobe – economy of space and design, complete with soft towels and crisp linen but again incredibly modern and contemporary, functional and of the now, they would easily slot into a small, modern apartment or bedroom and not look out of place.

Dining car 4110, which is named ‘Etoile du Nord’ has lusciously covered green chairs, that are possibly the most comfortable seats you will ever sit in and veneered panels with beautiful marquetry in the continental style on the walls. Eating is a total sensual and sensory pleasure and delight – traveling on the Orient Express is like being in a dream…

More images of interior of Orient Express

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