ONCE UPON A TIME… THERE WAS THE FUTURE ORIENT EXPRESS TRAIN
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ONCE UPON A TIME… THERE WAS THE FUTURE ORIENT EXPRESS TRAIN

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This is the story of a train born from a dream, one that defies time. Today it has been reimagined by architect Maxime d’Angeac. An original design inspired by the 1920s, created with the codes of contemporary luxury. On the occasion of Contemporary Art Week in Paris, Orient Express, part of the Accor Group, will unveil the design of its future train at an exclusive location in the 7th arrondissement in Paris from October 17th to 21st. The new designs will also be shown at Design Miami/ from November 30th to December 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida.

INSIDE MAXIME D’ANGEAC’S VIVID IMAGINATION

Known for his collaborations with the houses Daum andHermès in partnership with the American designer Hilton McConnico, Maxime d’Angeac has been behind several prestigious restoration and decoration projects for the past 20 years – from the Maison Guerlain on the Champs-Elysées to breathing new life into the apartments, castles and private villas entrusted to him. Fascinated by the great revolutionary artistic movements, in love with the Italian Renaissance and Art Deco, a lover of travel novels, a follower of the stories of Jules Verne, HenryMiller and the post-apocalyptic comic bookTransperceneige, the architect took on the challenge of reinventing the legendary Orient Express. A human adventure. The project of a lifetime. Designing a new destiny for a legendary train.

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A DREAM

“The starting point of this fabulous project is a dream. A contemporary story that sprung from the legend of the OrientExpress. It’s a projection into an era – the 1920s – and into the culture of luxury and its artisans. It all began with drawings, sketches and models made by hand. The work is meticulous, just like it was in the past. By slipping into the shoes of its creators, from René Prou to Suzanne Lalique, I tried to reinterpret the history of this legendary train, not only with nostalgia, butwith a desire to extend its history to transport us to another place. As if it was all a dream.

A TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

“The future Orient Express is, first and foremost, a technical challenge. It is an object in motion, complex, defined by the beauty of rhythm and by the laws of gravity, traversed by technological revolutions, and by the history of inventions and design. From these principles, a new and resolutely contemporary project was built. A project on a human scale, inspired by the notion of the Modulor established by Le Corbusier in 1945, by the strict respect of proportions at the source of the design, and the permanent search for comfort on board.”

A WORK OF ART

“Created like a work of art, the future Orient Express train was born from a marvel, the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, entirely reinvented and equipped with outstanding facilities. From this framework, a decor emerged – one without a defined era, instead inspired by Art Deco, Empire and contemporary styles. The train’s history has been rewritten, this time transcending trends. Nothing is superfluous – each detail has meaning. It is a part engineering feat, part dream-inspiring work of art that is the epitome of French Luxury, complete with refined decor, sublimated by the savoir-faire and talent of the finest French artisans.”Maxime d’Angeac, architect of the future Orient Express.

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THE REVELATION

In 2015, the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express reappeared. This legendary train had faded from sight and seemed to be forgotten forever. Yet today, it is reimagined by Maxime d’Angeac and the finest artisans in France. In 2024, just in time for the Paris Olympic Games, the first cars will be on display, and passengers will be able to hop on board for the first time. Visitors will get a sneak peek at the new décor of the future train. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor: “We are proud, today, to reveal the first images of the future Orient Express train.A story inspired by a dream, a timeless train, the object of all fantasies and which becomes a reality. Maxime d’Angeac’s de-sign awakens the myth with the revelation of its luxury, modernity, and French elegance. Tomorrow, the Orient Express will shine again, proud of its 140 years of history and looking to the future. The legend continues.”

THE BAR CAR

One hundred forty years after the launch of the first luxury OrientExpress trains, Maxime d’Angeac pays tribute to a legend by revisiting the decorative codes of the 19th century. Under large Second Empire-style domes of light, each supported by four columns, the intimate lounges of the Bar Car emanate with spectacular green hues. From the rosewood to the marble covering the tables to the bronze of the column capitals, the mood is “travel chic.”The layout is precise and intelligent, optimizing circulation on board and opening up spaces of conviviality, roundness and freedom. The bar is the centrepiece, with an all-glass counter, the perfect tribute to Lalique with a modern work of art that revisits the symbols of the famed glasswork brand. At each table, a clock indicates the time for cocktails and dinner. A call button is reserved for champagne service. Another button will summon the staff. The charm of the past effortlessly fuses with the present.

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THE DINING CAR

Spectacular and unexpected, designed with both comfort and luxury in mind, the Dining Car of the future Orient Express reinterprets the codes of the legendary train. Inspired by tapestry motifs by Suzanne Lalique, which was part of the composition of the first Orient Express trains, Maxime d’Angeac has reinterpreted the “rail” motif, diverted on the partitions thanks to the stone board. The technique was born in the nineteenth century and used to make ornaments of mouldings and ceiling decorations. Under a mirrored ceiling, crossed by a series of arches reflecting a soft, subdued light, napa tables and armchairs are lined up, lit by lamps with shades revisiting the original models. A private lounge re-vives the original marquetry panels of the train. In the back, behind a glass wall, the kitchen opens, a space reserved for the chef and his kitchen brigade, where we can see their movements and culinary choreography.

THE CORRIDORS

The corridors of the future Orient Express train are places of travel, encounters and surprises and offer a theatrical décor. Under a vaulted ceiling punctuated by “flower” lamps signed by Lalique, original pieces are recovered from the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, and a graphic and rhythmic carpet animates the space. The large windows, perfectly reflecting the passing landscapes, are adorned with embroidered curtains and support bars to allow passengers to dream, meet, and converse with each other.

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THE SUITES

Welcome to a world of luxury where comfort and function collide. To counter the strict lines and designs of the train, Maximed’Angeac introduced the circular shape to add softness and balance. The angles are rounded throughout the train. The windows are like paintings depicting nature. Magic mirrors play with perspectives. Here, the partitions are covered with precious wood and leather wall that reinterprets Suzanne Lalique’s famous “rail” motifs. The headboards are covered with wooden embroidery with mother-of-pearl and bronze beads. A carpet “comet” is an invitation to reverie. The nooks are adorned with Lalique’soriginal “Blackbirds & grapes” panels, recovered from the original Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient Express cars. Elliptical shelves hold newspapers, objects and travel souvenirs. Bottle holders and glasses are cleverly arranged. By “Day”, the sofa and settee invite you to rest, relax and read. When it’s time for “the Great Transformation” (also known as the passage to the “night” room configuration), a 2 x 1.40-meter bed invites travellers for a night of deep sleep. Discreet and surprisingly comfortable, the bathroom with sliding doors is adorned with marble and the toilets and dressing room complete the beautiful layout.

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THE FUTURE ORIENT EXPRESS, THE SECRETS OF ARE DISCOVERED MYTH

Orient Express, an artisan of travel since 1883, was born thanks to the dream of its founder, Georges Nagelmackers. Inspired by his trip to the Americas, he inaugurated the most luxurious train in the world. A legend was born. The Orient Express passed through the great European capitals, linking the West to the gates of the East. It was a magical and epic tale that ended in 1977.

THE NOSTALGIE-ISTANBUL-ORIENT-EXPRESS

At the beginning of the 1980s, Swiss-born tour operator and businessman Albert Glatt decided to resurrect the legendary train by buying up historic cars and inaugurating the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express. This dream train cruise ran from Zurich to Istanbul and was a resounding success. In 1992, the king of Pop, Michael Jackson, embarked on his European tour, Dangerous. Under the name of the Far East Express, the train made the longest journey between Paris and Tokyo in the 1980s. Despite the achievement, the train stopped a few years later and disappeared.

IN SEARCH OF THE LAST ORIENTEXPRESS

In 2015, Arthur Mettetal, a researcher specializing in industrial history, conducted a worldwide inventory of the OrientExpress cars for the SNCF (France’s national rail service). Throughout his research, he discovered a providential video of a train in full motion posted by an anonymous person on YouTube. Thanks to his perseverance – and some help from google Maps and Google 3D – he tracked down the trains.” The car roofs, visible on the aerial views, were true those of the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express, lined up on the border between Belarus and Poland,” he explained.

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AN ART DECO GEM

The discovery of the treasured train took place a few months later, around 4 hours by car from Warsaw, Poland. Partly preserved, the interiors of the cars revealed Morrison and Nelson marquetry, as well as the Lalique panels, emblematic of the Art Deco style, intact and engraved with the glass warehouses’ signature “blackbirds and grapes” motifs. After two years of negotiations, the owner of the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express gave up his treasured train to Orient Express in July 2018. The architect Maxime D’Angeac undertook the coveted task of writing its new history.

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RENDEZ-VOUS ATDESIGN MIAMI

After Paris, where the design of the future train will be unveiled exclusively from October 17th to 21st, ‘Orient ExpressRevelation’ is invited to the international design fair, Design Miami/, from November 30th to December 4th 2022, in Miami Beach, Florida.

You are invited to live ‘Orient Express Revelation’ exclusively on October 20th and 21st by subscribing at www.orient-express.com/revelation.

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