Bentley Motors and Bentley Home recently launched their latest collaboration: The 2021 Collection consisting of pieces with cutting-edge new materials and unique finishes.
Consisting of four bold new furniture designs, each piece features a carefully chosen combination of unique materials and finishes that blend innovation, technology and fine craft. The Aldford Table, the Ramsey Sofa and Loveseat and the Styal Desk, elegantly sport a unique lacquered finish and an exciting new fabric produced from marble powder among a choice of finishes.
Defined by precious and cutting-edge materials, and the desire to push craftsmanship to new levels, the 2021 Bentley Home Collection represents a new vision for the brand, aligned to the ambitions of Bentley Motors, to be the most sustainable luxury automotive brand in the world. Strong, distinctive lines and timeless shapes characterise the new furniture designs by Carlo Colombo in close collaboration with Bentley Design, and introduce Bentley Home’s new Degradé lacquering and new MARM \ MORE® marble powder fabric.
Degradé lacquering is key to the overall aesthetic of the 2021 Bentley Home Collection and brings a sense of quintessential luxury that is both customisable and instantly recognisable. Degradé involves an incredibly intricate and complex process to achieve the high standards required by Bentley Home’s customers. Before the Degradé essence can be created, a coat of varnish is hand-applied to protect the wood. A master craftsman must then use an airbrush to apply the colour by hand, with just the right dose of lacquer, gradually drawing away from the wood to accentuate the colour gradient and faithfully replicate every detail of the natural shading. After this long process, a round of polishing is required to give the product body, depth and solidity. Four coats of varnish are then applied before a final round of polishing.
The elegant finish is brought to life in a variety of options: Deep Ocean, Midnight Walnut, Black Kenya, Dark Shadow, Rust Degradé, Silver Degradé and Bronze Degradé. Each of these options is characterised by subtle nuances which range from black to distinctive metallic colours that make each hand-painted product unique and unrepeatable. Each product within the new collection features the Degradé essence, and this technique can also be applied to past Bentley Home designs too.
MARM \ MORE® is an innovative, ethical new fabric making its debut in the furniture world, developed and patented for Bentley Home. The new fabric utilises the genuine dust that is a by-product of marble production. Sourced and produced in Italy from start to finish, master craftsmen are required to complete every step on the journey from powder to furniture wrap. Marble is known to be the ultimate material for sculpture and architecture and is now stylishly and innovatively reinterpreted for fabric. Harnessing the natural power of marble, it restores value to its unique dust, transforming it into a textile that offers unmatched technical performance and aesthetic qualities. The precious marble powder fabric gracefully dresses the 2021 Bentley Home Collection, accentuating the elegant shapes of the furniture designs.
Developing the new fabric was a complex and lengthy process. Production of the fabric requires the powder from high-quality marble to be mixed with a special composite to obtain a liquid microfilm. The microfilm recipe is then coupled with the selected cotton base textile to produce this unique fabric finish. This innovation in textile development uses renewable resources only and results in significant waste reduction.
MARM \ MORE® is available in a choice of two different colours: light grey and natural green, each with a matte finish. This innovative covering can be chosen for every upholstered product within the new collection, and also applied to previous designs from Bentley Home.
The new Styal Desk is the masterpiece of the new 2021 Bentley Home collection. During these times where the office has forcibly entered our homes, Bentley Home elevates the concept of office space, giving shape to an iconic product, luxurious and refined throughout every detail.
A succession of graceful curves run the length of the 3-metre wooden frame, covered in a choice of leather or veneer, with the sideboard elegantly positioned for balanced proportion. The desktop is punctuated with a gunmetal grey insert: a visual “incision” that accentuates its sculptural profile, governing its lines and leading the curves at either end. The desk is broken down into four elements, subdivided by a metal profile, which can be covered in either leather or veneer. Slim and light, extreme from all perspectives, Styal dramatically reimagines the experience of working from home.
The structure and top can be customised in a choice of Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked Liquidambar or Burr Walnut root, with a glossy, brushed finish. Alternatively, a leather-covered top can be chosen. Finished in wood with metallic finishing in gunmetal grey. Degradé lacquering effect is also brought in to finish the wood options.
Design and art come together in the clean, sleek lines of the new Aldford Table, with both rectangular and circular versions available to choose from. Legs taper up from the floor and meet under the top in a single form, accentuating the sense of lightness and suspension. The design is enhanced by the three layers that make up the tabletop: the underside is lacquered in glossy black, and a metal profile runs around the perimeter.
Aldford presented a completely new constructional challenge for the designers at the Luxury Living Group and the craftspeople at Bentley Home. The double curve of the base and the sloping edge of the top are achieved using the very latest milling techniques.
Customers can choose from three finishes for the legs: Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Ambar, or leather-covered. The top is available in Calacatta or Valentine Grey marble, or glossy Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Amber or Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore. Degradé lacquering is applied to all wood finishes.
Ramsey Sofa and Loveseat
The Ramsey range appears to defy gravity: its seat is suspended off the floor, and its tapered shell flows into armrests that reach upwards like outstretched wings. The lines are delicate, split only by a transparent panel between the seat and backrest. A gunmetal grey insert frames the profile, reaching down below the seat, emphasising the apparent defiance of gravity.
With graceful proportions, the Ramsey Loveseat is the first loveseat conceived by Bentley Home. It is therefore fitting that this design proposes a new dimension of luxury through its evolving spatial requirements, that will suit the most contemporary of homes, both alongside or independently from the Ramsey Sofa.
Both the sofa and loveseat are available in a choice of coverings: Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked Liquidambar, Burr Walnut root, or alternatively, covered in leather or the marble powder fabric. Degradé lacquering is also applied to the wood finishes.