• Bentley creates new luxury wood veneer

  • Open-pore Walnut cut from highest quality wood

  • Ultra-thin lacquer allows customers to feel natural grain of wood

  • Handcrafted finish highlights natural beauty of exquisite walnut

Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner, is introducing a new finish on a classic wood veneer that celebrates the natural, authentic beauty of walnut and offers yet another luxurious interior option to customers.

Open-pore Walnut is sourced from a very special tree type that combines European Walnut and American Walnut. A handcrafted finish, completed at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, England, enhances the large pore structure to reveal the intense dark colouring of the wood.

The specially grown trees are mainly planted in California, with Bentley’s wood experts visiting regularly to ensure that only the finest quality walnut veneer is selected. This is carefully cut from the textured section of the tree burl, which is only found between the outer layer of sap and the inner core.

The open-pore Walnut veneer is then painted with just three, ultra-thin layers of lacquer, together totalling only 0.1 mm in thickness. By comparison, Bentley’s High Gloss lacquer coating is 0.5 mm thick and has a glossy, smooth finish.

Each layer is applied by hand and sanded between applications, ensuring the lacquer sticks to the natural grooves of the wood. The resulting finish is wax-like and perfectly highlights the authentic, natural colour and texture of the walnut.

This delicate technique ensures Bentley customers can actually feel the texture of the wood. The variation in colour and grain of different cuts of open-pore Walnut mean that each veneer is also slightly different – offering a truly unique Bentley interior.

This sensuous new finish is available to specify in the Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne.

Mulliner – Rare By Design

Anything is possible in the world of Mulliner. The company’s sole aim is to meet the requirements of the individual Bentley customer.

Discerning customers may request something as simple as monogrammed upholstery, or more detailed bodywork modifications that rely on the expertise of the world’s most experienced coachbuilder.

Mulliner also creates Limited Edition models that share the highest standards of craftsmanship, always delivering luxury on the highest level.

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