The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is undoubtedly one of the most famous trains in the world. It is a train that never fails to conjure up evocative feelings of excitement, romance and intrigue and its vintage carriages enable its guests to step back in time to rediscover an age of romance and elegance.
Part of this experience, of course, is unique high quality tableware present in three on-board restaurant cars. A need that was perfectly fulfilled by Villeroy & Boch for the start of the 2012 season which commenced in April. As a result, guests aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express are now accompanied by the exclusively designed Villeroy & Boch tableware series “L’Oriental”, “Etoile du Nord” and “Côte d’Azur”, made of premium bone porcelain.
Custom-made décors for the three restaurant cars
The “L’Oriental” décor has, as the name suggests, an oriental theme: majestic water birds meet oriental reeds and grasses. The black glaze of the petit fours plate provides an unusual and captivating contrast to the coloured birds and grasses.
Using warm shades with a floral theme, the “Etoile du Nord” collection coordinates wonderfully with the predominantly wood interior of the restaurant car that bears the same name.
Inspired by the world renowned glass manufacturer Lalique, the décor “Côte d’Azur” has a particularly delicate and artistic flair. The small plate displays the same figures that decorate the walls of the restaurant car. And the dinner plate is fringed with pyramids of grapes, tendrils of which also trail among the original figures.
Breakfast is served in the cabins using the finest porcelain of the Orient-Express collection. The golden décor draws inspiration from the 1920s style of René Prou who designed the oldest sleeping car of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
All the décors are custom-made, rendering each distinctively individual, but all meet the same high aesthetic standards of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express with its vintage art déco style interiors.
“The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is an institution of incomparable elegance with a long history of tradition that today continues to stand for a luxurious and romantic way to travel that is unparalleled. My Team and I have very much enjoyed working on this exciting and successful cooperation,” says Burkhard Schmidt, Director of Villeroy & Boch’s Hotel & Restaurant Division.
“Villeroy & Boch were very imaginative”
Gary Franklin, Managing Director of Trains & Cruises at Orient-Express, sums up delightedly, “We are very excited by our new range of china for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. We were looking at ways of bringing out the details found throughout the train and Villeroy & Boch were very imaginative in finding beautiful and creative ways to achieve this whilst also respecting the history and heritage of the train.”
The Orient-Express has been a synonym for stylish and exclusive travel since 1883. The portfolio of the company Orient-Express Hotels Ltd consists of a unique selection of luxury hotels and adventure travel experiences. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, also known as the “King of Trains”, serves European routes in more than 13 countries, stopping in Paris, Venice, Budapest and many other cities. Selected pieces from the exclusive dinnerware collection are available in the on-board boutique.
This latest project from the Hotel & Restaurant Division joins a list of prestigious references such as the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam and the Qatar National Convention Center, to name but a few examples. Learn more about the special services offered by the Hotel & Restaurant Division of Villeroy & Boch on our website: www.villeroy-boch.com/hotel.
Villeroy & Boch:
Villeroy & Boch is one of the world's leading premium brands for ceramic products. The family business, which was founded in 1748 and is headquartered in Mettlach/Germany, stands for innovation, tradition and exceptional style. As a renowned lifestyle brand, Villeroy & Boch offers products from the sectors Bathroom and Wellness and Tableware, and is active in 125 countries.