Rolls-Royce is already testing the facelifted Phantom but that didn’t stop the Bespoke department at Goodwood from presenting their latest one-off special Phantom based on the current model. The latest addition to the range is the Phantom Orchid, designed for a Singapore client in collaboration with artist Helen Amy Murray.
As you have already guessed from the name, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Orchid is inspired by the homonymous ornamental plant which according to the automaker symbolizes resilience, beauty, and strength. Development of this “one of one” limousine took two years, with artist Helen Amy Murray spending more than 200 hours on her piece alongside a team of six people.
Her original design was printed on a silk crepe satin, followed by hand-sculpting of the flowers with extra layers of fabric for a 3D effect. The end result is featured in the Phantom’s Gallery, covering a large portion of the dashboard.
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The award-winning artist and textile designer was inspired by several kinds of orchids, including the Singapore Orchid: “I started by focusing on the actual orchids, which promptly led me to realize that color was key to capturing the essence of the species. I have created artworks featuring orchids in the past, but my idea for the Gallery was to create something in realistic full color, which pushed us to refine our digital printing skills”.
Since this is a one-off Phantom the personalization doesn’t end there. The deployable tables on the seatbacks have bespoke tops from piano black veneer with orchid graphics created by Rolls-Royce designer Yohan Benchetrit. A similar pattern appears on the illuminated treadplates, and on the front fenders of the car. The rest of the interior combines Grace White, Havan, and Smoke Grey upholstery with Dark Olive stitching.
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The special model was based on the long-wheelbase Phantom Extended, just like the one-off Hermes x Rolls-Royce Phantom Oribe from last year, offering more legroom for the rear passengers. The unique paint for the exterior of the Phantom Orchid has Arctic White as a base, with a tint of violet and fine glass particles for a pearlescent look that changes depending on the viewing angle and the lighting.
Michael Bryden, the lead designer for Rolls-Royce Bespoke, said: “Our concept envisaged a balanced yet progressive design, which echoes the values of the Singapore region. The orchid is seen in many facets of Asian life, a reminder that the resilient adapt and thrive regardless of the evolving environment”. While we don’t have any information on the cost of the vehicle, we suspect it will be a lot higher compared to the stock Phantom which starts from around $450,000.