Northern Lights’ Orient Express!

Design Insider are excited to announce a project from BCFA member Northern Lights, who recently embarked on a project on the Venice Simplon Orient Express! When Northern Lights were approached by Wimberly Interiors to create fittings for this iconic project they were honoured to become part of this train’s great history. 

Nothing conjures up images of opulence and glamour as the famous Orient Express. Northern Lights were asked to work on the new ‘Grand suites’ – a new level of luxury on the world’s most famous train, bringing together craftsmanship from many designers and manufacturers that have truly mastered their art.


The designers were tasked with capturing the spirit of Istanbul for one of the Grand Suites. The Arabesque architecture and intricate decorations both external and internal to the buildings of the city was captured by focusing on the details. Elements such as hand-carved timbers, embossed leathers and the fine intricate fretwork on their wall light helped the designer achieve a very challenging brief.

The wall light pictured below is made from the finest quality brass that helped them achieve superior soldered joints. The mirror behind the fitting meant there was nowhere to hide any seams and each piece of the design had to be considered. Northern Lights used the knowledge and skills developed in the cruise ship industry to make sure there was no chance of any noises coming from the vibrations that are caused during travel. All fixings were designed to be hidden and the stepped back plate was carefully designed to reflect the Arabic patterns found elsewhere in the cabin.



The second ‘Grand suite’ Northern Lights worked on was the Venetian suite. The grandeur of Venice’s beautiful city is interwoven into the silk fabrics, with hues of silver and grey and hand-crafted venetian glass adorning the baroque-style furnishing and fittings. The wall light in the bathroom was designed to be suitable for the wet environment without sacrificing style or glamour. The highly polished brass finish complements the inlays of brass found throughout the rest of the suite.


Belmond was recently nominated in the ‘Civic, Culture & Transport’ category for The Venice Simplon-Orient Express at the INSIDE awards.


Northern Lights is one of the UK’s leading decorative lighting design and manufacturing companies, offering a superb range of elegantly designed own brand products, many of which can be modified to your specification. With an eight-strong design team supported by one of the largest bespoke lighting factories in the UK, they also work closely with designers to develop exclusive bespoke installations and light fittings to suit specific projects. If you like how their lights are incorporated into this project, why not contact them and find out if their lighting is suitable for yours too?

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About Meg Vockins

Meg is the Marketing and Membership Executive for BCFA. She enjoys writing about the different projects companies have been involved in, as well as new product ranges that are interesting and colourful! If you would like to appear in the Design Insider Live please do send over an email to
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