Belmond presents L’Observatoire, a carriage on the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express designed by artist JR

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In a stunning marriage between the world of art and luxury travel, Belmond presents L’Observatoire, a carriage-long suite entirely designed by world-acclaimed artist JR for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Taking the experience aboard the legendary train to another level, L’Observatoire becomes an artistic destination in itself.

Each space in the carriage morphs into a living work of art, inspiring the senses and stimulating the imagination of guests and promising a total immersion into the history and tradition of the legendary train. JR, who had a childhood passion for trains, drew inspiration from the cabinets of curiosity of Renaissance Europe, working closely with master artisans to revive details and motifs that evoke a bygone era while elevating a spirit of contemporary luxury. This bold declaration points the way to a new future in luxury travel, where art and craft come together to create a truly immersive experience.

“With L’Observatoire, people can enter my imaginary world. I envisioned the carriage primarily through shapes, with curved corners and round windows, so guests have little places to daydream. Guests can now enter an artist’s private space while still being in one of the most luxurious suites in the world – being able to experience that creative crossroads for the duration of a journey is very special and hasn’t been seen in this way before,” says JR.