Saturday, May 30, 2020
News Phantom Rose: Rolls-Royce Bespoke Art

Phantom Rose: Rolls-Royce Bespoke Art

The Phantom Rose grows in only one place in the world.


  • The Phantom Rose was commissioned by Rolls-Royce.
  • It took eight years for British rose breeder Philip Harkness to develop this unique flower.
  • The rose served as inspiration in Bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom sedans.

Obviously, the automobile is first and foremost a means of transportation, but it can also be means other things, such as a true work of art. Rolls-Royce and its Bespoke commission seeks to take that aspect to unprecedented levels, and has recently integrated a new element into its custom designs: the Phantom Rose.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection Inspired By The Roadsters Of the 1920s

This rare flower grows at the Home of Rolls-Royce in West Sussex, and nowhere else in the world. The Phantom Rose flourishes in a specially designed bed that’s fringed with lavender, alongside the reflection ponds next to the brand’s factory.

The Phantom Rose is the creation of British Rose breeder Philip Harkness, whose family has been tending this type of flower since 1879. In fact, Harkness Roses has won gold more than 25 times at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the past 50 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the first time that this event will be held online.

Rolls-Royce commissioned the rose, which is a “blousy, creamy-white flower, offering a full bloom of 50 petals and a rich perfume.” According to Harkness, it took him eight years to develop the Phantom Rose, which was a labour of love. “A rose has the ability to captivate you on many levels. It is a thing of beauty, it can stimulate the senses with wonderful perfume, the soft touch of the petals or the rasping pain from a thorn. It touches our emotions, signifies love and appears in some of our finest poetry.”

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke commission first used an iteration of the rose to design a Phantom Gallery—a full-width dashboard glass panel, in front of a backlit recess in which buyers can “embrace the unique storytelling characteristic of the marque.” Stems of the rose were sent to the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, and the budding flower served as inspiration for creating a Gallery made of the finest black and white porcelain. The process took three months.

More recently, a wealthy Swedish entrepreneur with a passion for flowers acquired a Rolls-Royce Phantom, which features an amazing collection of embroidery with over a million stitches inspired by the Phantom Rose. “There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom,” said RR Bespoke designer Ieuan Hatherall. “The commissioning patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature’s decadent beauty.”

We’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Trending Now

Nissan 2023 Strategy Unveiled: 12 New Models in the Next 18 Months

New Nissan plan aims to reduce production by 20 % 12 new Nissan models coming in the next 18 months Barcelona plant will...

2020 New York Auto Show Cancelled After All

New York Auto Show was initially moved from April to August due to Covid-19 New York's Jacob K. Javits Centre is currently used...

2021 MINI Countryman Gets Styling Refresh and More Features

The 2021 MINI Countryman gets mild styling revisions and new alloy wheel designs. New five-inch digital driver instrument panel optional; 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen...

2021 Genesis GV80 Priced From $64,500 in Canada

Genesis pricing is fixed, or non-negotiable. It is also all-inclusive with delivery and destination fees, complimentary scheduled maintenance, and more. AWD is standard...

Audi Sport Creates Masterpieces With Nearly All Of Audi’s Product Lines

Distinct, powerful, and ready for everyday use: That’s an Audi RS. Only the Q5 and Q7 have not yet been RS’d. 2019 was...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.