Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is often inspired by nature. “Friendship with wood is the basis of intimate space,” says Kuma. This desire to connect design to nature is one of the reasons Kuma is drawn to Rolls-Royce. In this new video, Kuma talks about his passion for design and nature and how Rolls-Royce fits into both passions.
Kuma’s own Rolls-Royce Dawn is a beautifully simplistic design. The metallic silver paint on her white and black interior is clean and minimalist, yet elegant and sophisticated. Bright colors give the car a light and airy appearance. Its design company logo embroidered on the headrests is the only subtle touch throughout the cabin.
Of course, given Kuma’s love of nature in his designs, his Dawn features beautiful light wood veneers, which look especially good on the convertible’s rear deck.
“With Rolls-Royce, every detail and every material touches us,” says Kuma. “It’s a machine but the machine has a heart.”
What’s interesting is that most car enthusiasts wouldn’t typically consider Rolls-Royces to be typically emotional cars. They are isolated, incredibly exclusive and incredibly opulent; not exactly the main things enthusiasts look for in an emotional car. However, when you look at it from a designer’s perspective, all of its incredible attention to detail, stunning materials and impeccable build quality give it a unique character.
Its mechanical heart isn’t too shabby either. The twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 makes 563 horsepower and delivers all that power to the rear wheels alone, meaning it’s surprisingly fast for such a big luxury car.
Without a doubt, Rolls-Royces are among the best-designed and best-built automobiles on the planet. Hearing what makes them so special from an architect, someone whose job it is to blend function and form, is fascinating.