Emiliano Salci of Dimorestudio : “In my dreams, I would invite on board: David Bowie, Coco Chanel, Eileen Gray, Hedi Slimane, Miuccia Prada…”

Dream/ Fantasize

Emiliano Salci is one of the brains behind the Dimorestudio duo alongside partner Britt Moran. Together, they dream up the decor of apartments, villas and hotels like the greatest scenes in a movie. Their spaces are full of soul, always chic and fuse vintage spirit with contemporary creation. A fan of Carlo Scarpa and Gio Ponti, Emiliano Salci is now adorning the cars of the next Orient Express train La Dolce Vita. Before boarding, the architect and designer answered our questionnaire.  

A Grand Return to Italy With La Dolce Vita Train

Dream / Travel

150 years ago, Georges Nagelmackers turned a dream into a reality when he launched the first luxury Orient Express train.

Soon, Orient Express will head back on track to offer travellers an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most beloved countries: Italy.

Bang & Olufsen, the design of sound

Innovate / Reinvent

As a specialist in luxury audio-visual products, Danish brand Bang & Olufsen is resurrecting old glories from its collections through its Classics program. By Alexis Chenu.

Maison Bonnet, the history of luxury eyewear in 9 photos

Rarity / Exception

A family eyewear manufacturer that has passed from father to son for 4 generations, the Bonnet story began in the early 1930s. For almost a century, the family has been crafting exceptional eyewear according to the rules of “la grande mesure”.

Tag to the Future: The lost art of luggage labels

Codes / Memories

Telling all or part of a traveler’s story, the luggage label continues to fascinate the world with its codes and creative audacity. By Pierre Léonforté.

Express Cocktail

21h. Time for a rendez-vous at the Orient-Express bar. The decor and glassware are all in Art Deco style. And the cocktails are good enough to enjoy deep conversation with fellow passengers until the end of the night.


See / Revisit

Opened in 1870, Samaritaine has embodied the French art of living for the past 150 years. Born from the genius of Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ, this French department store stood out as much by its architecture as by its offerings that brought together the best craftsmen and products of the time. Reopening on June 19th, 2021, the now legendary store will host a pop-up shop in collaboration with Orient Express starring the “Steam Dream” collection of travel objects. Starting on July 9th, the event is staged by designer Hugo Toro. In anticipation of the inauguration, High-Life invites you to travel back in time. Here is the story of Samaritaine in photos.

Fiona Leahy : « I believe in the art of travel and the powerful pleasure of the journey.”

Dream / Fantasize

The British designer, queen of tableware and decorative arts, organizer of fabulous dinners and elegant evenings, and expert in “matchimalism” – or the art of delightfully matching decors – loves to travel. From memorable trips aboard the Orient-Express to unexpected encounters, Fiona Leahy also shares her vision of the art of fine dining aboard trains.

By Alexis Chenu.

Hugo Toro: “The future of travel? An intergalactic Orient-Express linking the earth to the moon!”

Dream / Fantasize

The French architect and designer is behind Orient Express’ scenography at Samaritaine in Paris.

Born on the French-German border to a Mexican mother and a French father, architect and designer Hugo Toro (known for restaurants including La Scène, Perruche and Gigi Ramatuelle, the restaurant at Club Blanche…) has been traveling since he was born. From long-term stays in Mexico to slices of life in Vienna, Australia or California, he knows the world like the back of his hand and sketches his favorite memories of wandering in his notebooks. It was only natural for him to work on the scenography of the Orient Express corner at Samaritaine department store. That is, before leaving to travel the world for other projects.

Au Départ, the art of trunk making

Resurrect / Imagine


“A beautiful journey begins Au Départ”* declared the advertisement of the weekly magazine L’Illustration at the end of the 19th century. Founded in Paris in 1834, the trunk-maker, which had stores in the Gare du Nord and Avenue de l’Opéra, was resurrected in 2019 with a collection of bags, trunks and small leather goods. For its first collaboration with Orient Express, Au Départ is revealing the behind-the-scenes production of its trunk. A limited edition creation, intended to sublimate our interiors.

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