British luxury automobile maker Rolls-Royce teams up with couture fashion house Iris Van Herpen to push the boundaries of innovation, craftmanship and luxury with Phantom Syntopia, the most technically complex Bespoke Phantom ever produced. Based on Phantom Extended – the ultimate blank canvas for personalization – it is the most technically complex commission ever undertaken by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective. Now, after four years of continuous development, this extraordinary and unique creation is complete; it will soon take place in the private collection of discerning patrons of the brand. Interior features three-dimensional textile sculptures capturing the movement of flowing water. Exclusive Gallery artwork is hand-crafted by specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce and Iris van Herpen’s Amsterdam atelier.
For this special collaboration I was inspired by the concept of ‘Weaving Water’ and transformed the sense of being in movement into an immersive experience of fluidity inside the Phantom. I wanted this to become a state-of-the-art experience being overwhelmed by the forces of nature. The powerful movement of the Phantom is woven into the shifting three-dimensional waves inside the car to embody the ingenuity of nature. When I met the Bespoke Collective, I discovered that the world of Rolls-Royce is very similar to Haute Couture. Every garment I create is a one-off, tailor-made to my clients’ individual measurements, just like every Rolls-Royce. On many levels, this collaboration was a natural symbiosis. – Iris van Herpen
Phantom Syntopia is the most ambitious, singular and highly Bespoke Phantom we have ever created, and a clear statement of Rolls-Royce’s standing as a true luxury house. Building on two decades of joint undertakings with the world’s most celebrated design houses, artists, horologists and jewelers, Phantom Syntopia secures Phantom’s standing as the ultimate blank canvas for Bespoke personalization. In collaborating with internationally renowned designer Iris van Herpen, we once again redraw the boundaries of innovation, craftmanship and Bespoke possibility; not just for a motor car but across the wider luxury sector. –Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
From the very beginning this truly was a meeting of minds: two luxury houses that share the innovative vision and ambition to transcend the boundaries of luxury design. Together, we further explored the potential of Phantom as a perfect canvas for individualization. Phantom Syntopia literally takes Rolls-Royce interior design into a new dimension with its immersive, sculptural elements, reinterpreting the elusive fragility of nature’s forms in a perfectly engineered reality. – Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Phantom Syntopia takes its name from iris van Herpen’s landmark 2018 collection, designed on the principles of biomimicry in which art is inspired by the patterns and shapes found in nature. Like the collection, which comprises a series of highly sculptural garments brought to live through movement, Phantom Syntopia seeks to represent the elusive, ethereal beauty of fluid motion in solid materials through its ‘Weaving Water’ theme. Also, Iris van Herpen will design a one-off Haute Couture garment to match Phantom Syntopia.