Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled the new Serenity edition of its Phantom ultra-luxury saloon at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Rolls-Royce Serenity is being designed and developed at Goodwood with the spirit of "Take the best that exists and make it better.” The Serenity takes individualised and personalized luxury to a new level and silk is being used extensively in it to provide unparallel luxury.
The marque’s Bespoke Design team took inspiration from the opulent interiors of Rolls-Royces that have conveyed Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses and world leaders. Add to this, contemporary interpretations of furniture design combined with Japanese Royal robe motifs and Rolls-Royce designers have delivered a truly innovative, thoroughly modern and tranquil Rolls-Royce interior. Delivering authentic modern luxury, Serenity reintroduces the finest of textiles – silk – to create the most opulent interior of any luxury car. The choice of Phantom for this project was obvious, but creating the motif that would define this most opulent and modern of automotive interiors would require considerable new expertise.
Cherica Haye and Michelle Lusby, both Textile Arts graduates from the Royal College of Art and Plymouth University respectively, joined Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design department to help realise the direction of the core motif for this magnificent one-off Phantom. “The rear compartment of a Phantom is the most tranquil, beautiful place to be, a place where time and the outside world simply slip past,” says Haye. The creation of Rolls-Royce Serenity began with a blank bolt of the finest hand-woven silk. In order to create this totally one-off bolt of silk for Serenity, the Bespoke team looked to Suzhou, China. The team sourced the unspun silk thread and had it hand-dyed by the Chinese craftspeople. It was then transported to one of Britain’s oldest mills, based in Essex, to be hand-woven into just 10 metres of the fabric – enough to clothe the interior of Serenity.
The numerous colours of silk thread were painstakingly blended into the highest quality warp which has 140 threads per centimetre to result in the lustrous Smoke Green colour of the underlying silk fabric. Once prepared, the plain Smoke Green silk was transferred to London where the blossom motif designed by Haye and Lusby – a uniquely modern take on centuries-old silk Chinoiserie – began to flourish across the fabric as British and Chinese craftspeople embroidered their vision of copper-coloured branches and white petals. The final touch was the detailed petal by petal hand-painting of crimson blossoms directly onto the silk. The resulting panels and swatches that have formed the centrepiece of Serenity would take up to 600 hours of work per panel.
In Rolls-Royce Serenity, the rear occupants’ elevated and powerful seating position has been accentuated with the valances of the seats made from rare Smoked Cherrywood, the seats in the front of the car are clothed in Arctic White leather. Smoked Cherrywood continues the Oriental theme within the cabin, applied the Serenity’s door cappings, dash fascia and rear centre console, but further embellished by another beautiful Far-Eastern wood – Bamboo – with the highly skilled application of Bamboo cross-banding. The luggage compartment of Serenity is lined in Arctic White leather with an Arctic White carpet. As a final touch, two parasols featuring the Serenity motif are held by Bespoke leather loops incorporated into the boot lid.