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by Adam Lynton
Polish cabin customizer takes interiors to new levels of sophistication.
With a penchant for leather, Polish interior specialist Carlex Design has an impressive portfolio of well turned out cabins. Over the past twelve months or so it has delivered some interesting upholstery jobs, from a Rolls-Royce Ghost fit for a king to a brazenly-dubbed Steampunk Mini that combines brass, copper and leather for a truly unique cabin. If pimping out your interior floats your boat then Carlex Design is one of the leading companies on the market. Check out five of its projects to see for yourself.
Based on the Nissan GT-R, the Orange Edition interior is so-called because of the orange leather trim that's been used to trim it. Alcantara and leather are the materials of choice for the supercar-killing Nissan. The seats get an Alcantara center with leather surround and laser-burnt honeycomb design, and the dashboard is finished in Alcantara with carbon-fiber accents. The steering wheel and headliner sport a healthy helping of white leather, orange stitching matches the leather, while headrests are embroidered with the GT-R logo.
After German outfit TechArt added an aggressive widebody kit for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S featuring a widened front bumper with integrated splitter and large ventilation intakes, as well as new alloys and oversized rear wing with adjustable Gurney flap, Carlex got to work on restyling the interior. The Polish customizer reupholstered the entire cabin in black leather and dark grey Alcantara with yellow stitching and accents, complemented by carbon-fiber trim.
Dubbed the Maserati Granyachting, Carlex Design's take on the GranTurismo consists of a very unique yachting-inspired facelift. Marine characteristics and colors have been utilized in the front seats, while teak wood was chosen for the floor. White and navy blue leather replace the traditional beige-colored upholstery, with a golden Trident logo incorporated into the seats. A wooden steering wheel, door trim and dash complete the package.
Carlex Design devised a project for the Rolls-Royce Ghost in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee dubbed "Ghost Save the Queen." A shade of deep green was chosen for the exterior, while inside there are a range of enhancements such as the royal crown embroidered into the seats. Wool rugs, with 2.5cm thick pile, touches of chrome and the use of luxury ostrich and kangaroo leather, apparently the ideal material for piping, are other noteworthy highlights of the interior.
The Polish customizer's oddly-named Steampunk Countryman includes a hardened matte black wrap detailed with bright copper on the roof, wheels and various places in between. Inside, the center console and dashboard have been retrimmed in brass, copper and brown leather. The copper theme carries over to the hazelwood-rimmed steering wheel, along with an antique 19th century clock fitted where the airbag should be. All in all it took Carlex nine months to complete the job.