Just when you thought it could not possibly get any better, Rolls-Royce has taken luxury individualisation to yet another level with the introduction of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity.
Just like the name suggests, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity tailored by the company’s Bespoke Design team, is designed in such a way that it affords a feeling of serenity as the passengers set foot into the cabin.
“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 Cherica Haye Textile Arts graduates from the Royal College. “This tranquillity made us think of the Oriental tradition where Emperors would take to their private gardens to reflect in solitude under the blossom trees. The blossom motif is one that is cherished in Far Eastern culture and has been beautifully applied to Royal robe design over the centuries. We felt it was the perfect representation of tranquillity and serenity for a beautiful modern interior from Rolls-Royce,” she added.
The interior is made of the finest hand-woven silk from Suzhou, China, the town renowned for its creation of imperial embroidery. The team sourced the unspun silk thread and had it hand-dyed by the Chinese craftspeople who have been creating beautiful silks for centuries. If you notice, the beautiful crimson blossom motifs adoring the Smoke Green silk are hand painted, petal by petal onto the fabric.
In fact, in order to paint a calm and beautiful image the artist must be calm of mind. A meditative state results where the brush can flow freely in the artist’s hand – a state of ‘unconscious painting’. So in preparing to paint the panels for Serenity, the serene state of mind was all important. The branches needed to have life, movement, spontaneity – but with grace and calm. That’s why it would take up to 600 hours of work per panel!
Of course, the creation of the most opulent interior of any luxury car could not simply rely on beautiful silk upholstery only. The rear occupants’ elevated seating position has been accentuated with the valances of the seats made from rare Smoked Cherrywood. Reminding one of the drivers’ position in the early 1900’s motor car, 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 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 and as a final touch, 2 parasols featuring the Serenity motif are held by Bespoke leather loops incorporated into the boot lid.