Serenity prevails at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show as Rolls-Royce showcases its new one-off concept car. The ongoing auto show is a haven of tranquility as the celebrated marque brings Serenity to Switzerland.
Fit for Royalty, this kind of interior celebrates the historical role played by silk as a symbol of regal and imperial power. Rolls-Royces’ Bespoke Design team has been inspired by the opulent interiors of the Rolls-Royces driven by the Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses and world leaders throughout history.
In order to create this totally one-off bolt of silk for Serenity, the Bespoke 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 which is just enough to clothe the interior of Serenity. The numerous colors of silk thread were painstakingly blended into the highest quality warp which has 140 threads per centimeter to result in the lustrous Smoke Green color of the underlying silk fabric. Back in London, British and Chinese craftspeople embroidered their vision of copper-colored 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 centerpiece of Serenity would take up to 600 hours of work per panel.