Bentley introduces stone veneers for Continental, Flying Spur models

Article by Andrew Christian, on January 7, 2016

Bentley is bringing in an entirely new level of modern cabin luxury by introducing stone veneers developed by Mulliner. This luxurious interior finish makes use of stone veneer technology to create a modern feature from slate and quartzite stone – a natural product formed over 200 million years.

These natural products are sourced from quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India. Following extractions, sections of stone are split from larger ones and then cured using glass fiber and a bespoke resin. After the curing process, the stones are then shaped and hand finished by Bentley’s Mulliner coachbuilding team at the carmaker's Crewe headquarters in the United Kingdom.

Since the stone surfaces of the veneers feature a thickness of just 0.1 mm, they are really very light and translucent. The grain and pattern of the stone are also very visible to the occupants of the vehicle. The Stone Veneers are now being offered for the Bentley Continental and Flying Spur in a natural finish, in four different colors: Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper.

For those interested to have this modern luxurious finish featured in their Bentleys, they just have to contact Mulliner’s bespoke team, who will work alongside each customer to ensure that their own specs are considered.

Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner Operations, remarked that while Bentley is an expert in the handcrafting of wood and leather, the carmaker is now exploring new, fine and rare materials. He added that while stone veneers are new to Bentley, they mark the beginning of the carmaker's plans for the material.

Bentley’s Mulliner coachbuilding team was established to cater to the requirements of the carmaker's most discerning customers.

Customers seeking a Bentley truly personalized to fit their preferences simply have to approach Mulliner, which in turn can transform any bespoke request into reality like a certain upholstery or an elaborate tailored body modification. All of these customization options are made possible by Mulliner's highly skilled and dedicated craftsmen.

Press Release

STONE VENEERS BY MULLINER – THE NEXT LEVEL OF MODERN BRITISH LUXURY

Bentley Motors’ bespoke coach-building division, Mulliner, is introducing the next level of modern British automotive luxury – stone veneers.

This innovative interior finish utilises state-of-the-art stone veneer technology to make a luxurious, contemporary feature of a natural product formed over 200 million years.

The slate and quartzite stone is sustainably sourced from hand-selected quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India – a nation with an ancient and rich culture of stone masonry. The sections of stone are split from larger pieces and cured using glass fibre and a bespoke resin. Finally, they are shaped and hand finished by Bentley’s world-renowned Mulliner coachbuilding team at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England.

The stone surfaces of the veneers are just 0.1 mm thick, meaning that they are both extremely light and translucent, allowing the elegant grain and pattern in the stone to be visible to the interior occupants.

Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner Operations, comments: “Bentley is the established expert in the handcrafting of wood and leather, and now we are exploring new, fine and rare materials to offer even more bespoke tailoring and choice to our customers. Stone veneers are another first for Bentley – but only the beginning of what we plan to do with this luxurious and unique material.”

Mulliner is now offering Stone Veneers in a natural finish, in four different colours on Continental and Flying Spur: Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper. As with any bespoke feature, customers that are interested in Stone Veneers can get in touch with Mulliner’s bespoke team who will work with each individual to discuss their unique requirements.

Mulliner – Rare by Design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. In the world of Mulliner, anything is possible. From requests as simple as monogrammed upholstery to the kind of elaborate tailored body modifications that can only be undertaken with the proven expertise of a truly established coachbuilder, the highly skilled and dedicated Mulliner craftsmen deliver luxury on a new level; rarity on a different scale.

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