They say “life’s not a bed of roses”, but when you’re successful in life, you can theoretically make your life literally a bed of roses. We don’t know about the bed of roses, but a Stockholm-based entrepreneur decided that he wanted roses everywhere in his Rolls-Royce Phantom.
That’s because he apparently has an extraordinary passion for flowers. The Rose Garden at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood served as the primary point of inspiration for Ieuan Hatherall, a Bespoke Designer for Rolls-Royce. This Rose Garden is the only place in the world that the Phantom Rose is grown. Bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by British Rose Breeder Philip Harkness of Harkness Roses, the Phantom Rose grows in the courtyard of the marque’s Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence at Goodwood in West Sussex, England.
The exterior is finished in Peacock Blue with a Charles Blue twinned-coachline. The wheels are embellished with a twinned pinstripe, also in Charles Blue.
On opening the coach doors, one first encounters the embroidery on the rear door pads, but it is not until entering the rear cabin that one fully encounters the extent of the satin stitch creation. The Phantom Rose is illustrated in varying stages of maturity, from bud to full bloom, in an asymmetrical design that appears to grow across the roof lining, from the rear of the car.
In the rear compartment, Serenity Seating with a soft calf rest cushion adopts the inverted colour-way of the exterior as Charles Blue leather is accented with Peacock Blue piping.
There is a transcendent beauty when a rose garden is in full bloom. The patron wanted to create that same feeling of awe; an abundance of flowers to lift the spirit and celebrate nature’s decadent beauty, in the Rose Phantom’s serene interior. – Ieuan Hatherall