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The Unveiling of Rolls-Royce Cullinan Series II and Its Bold Black Badge Evolution

Rolls-Royce has recently unveiled the Cullinan Series II and Its Bold Black Badge evolution, marking a significant development in the realm of super-luxury SUVs.

Wed, May 8, 2024 2:08pmGrey Clock 5 min

Initially launched in 2018 as the first vehicle of its kind, the Cullinan set the benchmark for a luxury SUV that combines rugged capability with unparalleled refinement, representing the concept of ‘effortless, everywhere’.

Given the extraordinary success of the original model and its overwhelmingly positive reception worldwide, the development of a new iteration of the ‘Rolls-Royce of SUVs’ was approached with exceptional care. Leveraging half a decade of detailed client feedback, in-house intelligence, and a suite of new technologies, the marque’s team of designers, engineers, and craftspeople have significantly advanced the Cullinan. The latest version, which marks the most comprehensive Series II development in the history of Rolls-Royce, adapts to the evolving preferences for luxury and changing usage patterns while maintaining the core attributes that have bolstered the Cullinan’s exceptional popularity.

The Cullinan has established a new legacy for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, forged through collaboration with a daring, uncompromising cohort of super-luxury consumers. The Cullinan Series II continues to enhance this legacy, reinforcing the car’s status within the brand. It demonstrates that the marque’s future will continue to be crafted in close partnership with its clients, defined by outstanding modern craftsmanship.

The Series II introduces several significant upgrades:

– A digital interface named SPIRIT and the exclusive members’ app, Whispers.

– The interior features a new Clock Cabinet vitrine that elegantly showcases the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine.

– Innovative use of botanical materials and modern crafting techniques enrich the cabin aesthetics.

– Seats in Duality Twill feature over 2.2 million stitches and utilize up to 11 miles of thread.

– A new seat design inspired by cloud formations over the Rolls-Royce headquarters includes 408,284 perforations, blending art and luxury.

Chris Brownridge, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, explains “Since the launch of the first Goodwood-built Rolls-Royce, designers have taken great care to give every model its own distinctive aesthetic universe. Each is based on detailed insights gathered directly from our clients before the motor car is conceived, and throughout its life. Cullinan Series II is born of this approach: more energetic, focused and expressive, in line with the priorities of today’s super-luxury consumers. In its new guise, Cullinan Series II remains effortless, everywhere — faithful to the principles and retaining the qualities that have made this motor car so successful. At the same time, it represents genuine progress and development, based on an evolved appreciation of luxury that adds statement and flourish to Cullinan’s original form.”

Anders Warming, Director of Design,  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars mentioned that the original Cullinan, launched in 2018, was the world’s first super-luxury SUV, fulfilling a unique and exacting brief. From a performance and engineering standpoint, it had to have genuine off-road capabilities equal to the most demanding and hostile environments on Earth. At the same time, it had to deliver the marque’s peerless comfort and signature ‘magic carpet ride’, regardless of the terrain. It had to be nothing less than the definitive super-luxury SUV —rugged yet refined, unstoppable yet serene: effortless, everywhere. Its success exceeded Rolls-Royce’s most ambitious expectations around the world, and today Cullinan is the most requested Rolls-Royce in the marque’s portfolio.

Given the motor car’s extraordinary success, and incredibly positive reception from clients in every region of the world, shaping a new expression of the ‘Rolls-Royce of SUVs’ was undertaken with meticulous care. The marque’s designers, engineers and craftspeople drew on half a decade of detailed client feedback, the brand’s own intelligence gathering — including our Private Offices around the world — and a raft of new technologies to advance Cullinan. In its new guise, which represents the most extensive Series II development in Rolls-Royce history, it responds to changing codes of luxury and evolving usage patterns while remaining true to the essential qualities that underpin Cullinan’s unprecedented popularity.

The Black Badge Cullinan Series II

In addition, Rolls-Royce has debuted the Black Badge Cullinan Series II, catering to a niche segment of clientele seeking a more dynamic and expressive interpretation of the Rolls-Royce ethos.

The Black Badge variant embodies a bolder aesthetic and an assertive stance, appealing to individuals who prioritize distinctive, avant-garde luxury.

Key features of the Black Badge Cullinan Series II include:

– Unique Black Badge styling with custom exterior and interior details that underscore its edgier personality.

– Advanced digital features like SPIRIT and the Whispers app, specifically tailored to the Black Badge clientele.

– An interior Clock Cabinet vitrine that incorporates the Black Badge Spirit of Ecstasy, symbolizing the model’s exclusivity.

– Enhanced seating with 2.2 million stitches and a new pattern of 408,284 perforations inspired by natural elements.

– The introduction of a 23-inch wheel option, a first for any Black Badge Rolls-Royce, emphasizing its robust and stylish design.

– Retention of the proven performance specs with 600PS and 900Nm torque, ensuring that the vehicle’s power matches its aesthetics.

Commenting on this launch, Chris Brownridge, said “Black Badge Cullinan Series II reflects the changes we’ve seen in our client profile since we first launched this transformative motor car five years ago. Today, self-expression, individuality and boldness are demanded more than ever before – all attributes that form the core of the Black Badge attitude. Our creative response has matched the daring of those who commission these motor cars. The dark, primal elements that are so essential to the Black Badge character are expressed here in extremis and are further amplified by dramatic and assertive coachwork reserved for this disruptive expression of the brand.”

Anders Warming, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, added that Rolls-Royce’s disruptive alter ego, Black Badge, reached its apotheosis in Cullinan where its assertive and uncompromising attitude appeals to clients who seek the boldest forms of self-expression. Today, the marque presents a clear evolution of this subversive motor car with Black Badge Cullinan Series II.


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Designing Dreams: David Charette’s fascinating Spaces for Children’s Adventures

David Charette has teamed up with CIRCU Magical Furniture to design spaces that capture the essence of childhood wonder.

Tue, May 21, 2024 4 min

This collaboration between David Charette, founder and principal of Britto Charette, and CIRCU Magical Furniture aims to stimulate the imaginations of children, encouraging them to invent their own tales of adventure. Drawing on his extensive travels, Charette believes that journeying through different cultures can spark creativity in young minds.

His latest venture uses a mix of luxury elements and magical themes, incorporating products from CIRCU, Covet House, and other vendors to create unique, enchanting children’s rooms. These spaces are designed to reflect the excitement and mystery of exploring new worlds.

The Sleeping are:

David Charette has transformed a Montreal residence into a magical sleeping area where time seems to pause, and adventures await. Known for its long, cold winters and short days, Montreal served as the perfect backdrop for Charette’s vision of a space that remains warm and bright throughout the year.

Central to the design is the concept of “light and bright,” brought to life using de Gournay‘s hand-painted wall coverings in fresh mint, decorated with flying butterflies. These elements beautifully complement the original shapes of the KOKET Nymph Wall Lamp and the organic curves of the CIRCU Tristen Bed.

Charette’s attachment to the Tristen Bed stems not only from its youthful appeal but also from its ergonomic design, which makes it easy for children to climb in and out of, enhancing both its functionality and charm.

The Bed:

Charette paired the modern lines of the bed with the unique design of the Boca do Lobo Wave Nightstand and the funky style of Delightfull’s Billy Table Lamp. By blending these contemporary pieces with the classic elements in the decor of this luxury kids’ room, Charette has crafted a unique space that breathes a natural breeze of inspiration into any child’s environment.

This combination not only adds aesthetic appeal but also stimulates the imagination, making the room a perfect sanctuary for creativity and dreams.

The seating area:

The room also includes a cozy seating area perfect for young readers. Centred around the CIRCU Dainty Armchair, this space is tailored for kids, with the chair’s delicate structure and elegant design enhancing the room’s charm. Its pink velvet upholstery adds a vibrant pop of color, enriching the room’s palette. To distinctly separate this reading corner from the rest of the sleeping area, Charette chose the Boca Do Lobo Gold Folding Screen from Covet House, which not only adds an element of privacy but also contributes a touch of sophistication to the space.

The Play and Study area:

David Charette aimed to create a space with an “Out of Africa” vibe to spark a child’s imagination and inspire a passion for lifelong adventures and travels. Drawing from fond memories of camping during his own childhood, Charette incorporated a Teepee Tent into the room’s design, allowing children to feel as they are camping in a forest right within their own bedroom.

This nature-inspired theme is beautifully complemented by the Fornasetti wall coverings from Cole & Son and the Filigree Cricket Wall Lamp, which are insect-shaped sconces by Boca do Lobo.

Adding to the ambiance, Charette notes, “The clouds on the ceiling further the idea of camping (in this case “glamping”) and dreaming, and the Circu Cloud Suspension lamps add to the dreamy camping vibe.”

To maintain this adventurous theme, Charette selected the CIRCU NODO Suspension Chair. It not only brings a hint of outdoor fun indoors with an elegant flair but also offers a comfy spot for kids to unwind and lose themselves in their favorite stories.

In his design, David Charette, of Britto Charette, focused on enhancing the sense of freedom and sparking children’s imaginations in their own space. He chose one of his favorite pieces from CIRCU, the Sky Desk, for its playful design and inspirational form. Shaped like an airplane, this desk not only becomes the central feature of playtime but also transforms homework into an exciting adventure. The unique design aims to captivate and motivate young minds, turning everyday tasks into a flight of imagination.

David Charette designed this luxury children’s room with the hope that it would inspire children to dream, play, and develop a deep respect for nature as they embark on their own adventures.

He crafted the room to be “transitional,” capable of evolving with a child from toddler years into adolescence. This design approach not only aims to create a lasting, imaginative space for children but also to show parents the value of investing in unique, high-quality pieces like those from Circu. These carefully chosen items stand out from mass-produced children’s designs, offering both aesthetic appeal and long-term utility.


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