In 1883 it first travelled the Paris – Istanbul route. The guest lists have included famous figures like Leo Trotsky and Greta Garbo. And Agatha Christie has made sure that the name is associated not only with exclusivity but also with intrigue –
And since April 2012 the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the “King of Trains” that travels across more than 13 European countries with stops in - for instance – Paris, Venice, Prague and Budapest, has offered passengers a special exclusive highlight:
In the three dining cars guests now enjoy eating their meals from high-quality Villeroy & Boch tableware, individually designed for the Orient Express.
This is how it happened: At the end of 2010 those responsible at the Orient-Express were looking for a suitable partner to equip the dining cars on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and initially approached a number of porcelain manufacturers, including Villeroy & Boch. The Hotel & Restaurant Division from Villeroy & Boch, which specialises in such individual projects, was delighted to take up the challenge and successfully convinced the decision-makers with décors that fulfil the high artistic standards of the art deco interiors.
And thus the three dining cars L’Oriental, Etoile du Nord and Côte d’Azur were equipped with appropriate tableware:
The décor Oriental is designed with majestic water birds, grasses and reeds in an oriental style. The black glaze of the petit fours plate is a true eye catcher. The Etoile du Nord collection uses warm shades with a floral theme to coordinate wonderfully with the predominantly wood interior of the dining car that bears the same name.
Inspired by a motif from the world renowned glass manufacturer Lalique, a particularly delicate and artistic décor was developed for Côte d’Azur, echoing the figures and motifs that decorate the walls of the restaurant car.
For breakfast, which is served directly in the cabins, a golden décor was created for the ultra-fine porcelain of the Orient-Express collection. The 1920s style décor draws inspiration from the work of the decorator René Prou, who designed the oldest sleeping car of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The portfolio of the company Orient-Express Hotels Ltd consists of around 50 luxury hotels, restaurants, trains and river cruisers in 24 counties across the world. The Villeroy & Boch Hotel & Restaurant Division has equipped not only the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express for the company, but also a hotel in Portugal and a restaurant in Great Britain. Passengers on the Orient-Express, however, enjoy a charming privilege: they can purchase selected pieces of the exclusive tableware collection from the on-board boutique, and then take them away to use at home.