So who are these girl bosses leading the design process?
Colour and Materials Designer, Michelle Lusby
Michelle Lusby joined the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team as a Colour and Materials Designer in April 2014, having received a First Class Honours Degree in Interior Textiles & Surface Design from the University of Plymouth. Here she explored print, colour and material manipulation, and gained an understanding of the key properties of fabrics and different printing processes which have enabled her to explore unique ways to apply texture and form to a flat surface, creating finishes that are beautifully unique.
This creativity is apparent in Serenity, created in the finest quality raw silk, hand painted and hand embroidered with a tree in full bloom, evoking an atmosphere of calm tranquillity. The fabric has been designed to provide texture to the interior of the motor car. Each thread has been hand placed to reflect light and bring the motif to life.
Lusby commented, “With Serenity we have pushed the boundaries of the concept of Bespoke. We have taken luxury to a new level. The car transcends being a form of transportation and becomes a work of art, demonstrating the constant striving for perfection and an unparalleled pursuit of sourcing the finest materials for the world’s best motor car.”
Cherica Haye, Colour and Materials Designer, Bespoke Design
Cherica Haye achieved a Masters Degree in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art, having obtained a BA Honours Degree in Textiles from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in 2011.
Haye was responsible for hand-painting the Serenity motif onto a paper scroll before transcribing it for realisation. “To go home after work saying I was hand painting today sounds like a dream, something I was warned at both the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martin’s that I would unlikely do when starting out in the industry. It is testament to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars that every element of design is considered, no corners are cut, no compromises made.”
Haye and Lusby reside in the Colour and Materials department at Rolls Royce. Responsible for designing exterior paint and leather colours as well as interior textures, they select colours and trims which will complement each other, working closely with the exterior and interior automotive designers. Check out their most recent project, the Rolls Royce Spring/Summer 2017 Couture Collection.