Rolls Royce Serenity Concept: Ultimate Silk Road grand tourer
No stranger to creating theme-focused special editions, the world's most prestigious automaker presented a truly unique one-off at Geneva based on a Phantom Series II called Serenity. Developed on commission by the firm's bespoke operations, Serenity hearkens back to a more elegant era through its custom interior treatment rendered in fine, hand-woven silk fabric embellished with a detailed floral theme. "Having revisited the history of the amazing interiors of the elite Rolls-Royce's of the early 1900's, we felt inspired to share this heritage with our new customers in a very contemporary way," noted Giles Taylor, Director of Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
In keeping with Sir Henry Royce's maxim, "When it does not exist, design it," the silk used for Serenity's serene cabin has an intriguing back story of its own. The bespoke team travelled to Suzhou, China, a location renowned for its creation of imperial embroidery, to source unspun silk thread which was subsequently hand-dyed Smoke Green by Chinese artisans. The thread then travelled to Essex to be spun into a single 10-meter bolt of fine silk fabric at one of Britain's oldest mills. From there, it was on to London, where another group of British and Chinese artists embroidered and painted on the blossom motif created by Haye and Lusby to recall the look of classic Chinoiserie.
The car is finished in Bespoke Mother of Pearl - the most expensive paint ever created by Rolls-Royce - and adorned with hand-rendered floral-accents that reprise the Serenity's basic themes. Its distinctive silk cabin appointments are complemented with numerous other details including polished bamboo and Smoked Cherrywood trim embellished with its own petal-themed accents made from laser-cut and hand inlaid Mother of Pearl. That material also is used on the car's instrument cluster and analog clock faces - which are further enhanced with the addition of small ruby highlights. As a final flourish, the trunk compartment is lined in Arctic White leather and matching carpet, while the lid itself secures a pair of dedicated Serenity-themed umbrellas.
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