Steam Dream,
once upon a time, there was a collection…

June 2021

Talents / Savoir-Faire

Artisan of travel since 1883, Orient Express is revisiting its heritage with the creation of its first collection of travel items: Steam Dream. This selection of cultural items, fashion essentials, art, craft and design objects was born from a dreamy journey aboard the famous train and will launch on July 15th.

A journey designed for dreaming

Steam Dream is the embodiment of an incredible journey, starting at the Constantinople train station, aboard the “rolling marvels” in Midnight Blue where a few hand-picked passengers embarked and set off on a new journey, punctuated by a dozen stops throughout Europe and Paris. It marked a return to good manners, where travel bags, pouches and trunks with labels signed in pen and ink once again made their way into the train cars. Where, at dinner time, a train dining car rolled out precious silverware and porcelain dishes. Where the lounge-bar, a meeting place for great minds, artists, elegant women holding fans, writers deep in thought and backgammon players gathered around a lounge trunk for music and drinks. A journey into the wee hours of the night, where, by candlelight, everyone began to sing and dance…

18 designers and artisans

Based on this beautiful journey, a collection of exclusive objects in limited edition will be unveiled starting on July 15th. Inspired by the vision of Georges Nagelmackers and his love of talented artisans – such as Art Deco signatures including René Prou and René Lalique who sublimated the Orient Express cars – Orient Express has collaborated with eighteen designers and artisans with astonishing savoir-faire. Their vast imaginations have given rise to a new art de vivre showcased in a line of leather goods, the perfect traveler’s panoply, designed by Au Départ, plus an exceptional series of trunks incorporating all the necessities of the dandy traveler, as well as a Beogram turntable by Bang & Olufsen, a box of Trudon candles, and a selection of fine books…

Travel style

Steam Dream has reinvented travel style with its own approach to French flair. An essential accessory, sunglasses are now even more chic thanks to Maison Bonnet, the epitome of Parisian haute-lunetterie. Italian umbrella specialist Francesco Maglia has equipped his exclusive models with a maple handle and a cotton canvas tinted with the colors dear to Orient Express (Midnight Blue and cognac). Duvelleroy, an expert in fans since 1827, has created the perfect accessory for long trips. The style revamp also extends to fine dining, such as the marquetry trays made with the Atelier Philippe Allemand, the plates, salt and pepper shakers from Bernardaud or the Casarialto glassware, made in the purest tradition of Murano master glassmakers.

Discover the collection at Samaritaine

As they say, “You can find everything at Samaritaine” … even Orient Express! Staged by designer and scenographer Hugo Toro, this Orient Express limited edition experience adorns the windows of the Parisian department store and the full collection is on display in a new space on the first floor starting on July 15th, 2021. This magnetic place, inspired by this legendary company’s modern look, has been designed like a compass: in the center, modern furniture is reminiscent of the architecture of a locomotive, and at the four cardinal points, contemporary trunks display all the travel objects from the Steam Dream collection. Here, a travel trunk present a few fans and umbrellas, the Night trunk reveals a mahogany and brass bed, evoking the cabins of the Orient-Express and the Lounge trunk is home to books, travel games and candles…


And for those who cannot make the trek to Paris, Orient Express is simultaneously launching its e-store where you can find the entire collection.

Steam Dream, a collection of travel objects by Orient Express at Samaritaine, from July 15. 9 rue de la Monnaie, Paris 1st.

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