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One-off Rolls inspired by ancient Japanese ceramics

Automaker and Hermès combine efforts to create client’s ‘land jet’

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Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese entrepreneur and collector of ancient art and modern automobiles, recently commissioned his private airplane and decided he also needed a “land jet,” so he turned to Rolls-Royce and fashion house Hermès to create the bespoke Phantom Oribe. 

Inspiration for the car’s one-of-a-kind details came from Maezawa’s collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, Rolls-Royce said in the news release unveiling the car. Even the car’s color — MZ Oribe Green and cream — are derived from those ceramics. Maezawa’s jet aircraft will wear the same colors, Rolls-Royce noted.

Rolls’ chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said, “This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. 

Rolls-Royce, One-off Rolls inspired by ancient Japanese ceramics, ClassicCars.com Journal
Rolls-Royce, One-off Rolls inspired by ancient Japanese ceramics, ClassicCars.com Journal

“It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life.”

Lead designer Micheal Bryden called the car “a fusion of East and West, ancient and modern, serenity and exhilaration.”

The car’s interior features Hermès Enea Green leather with Seashell White accents. 

Rolls-Royce, One-off Rolls inspired by ancient Japanese ceramics, ClassicCars.com Journal
Pierre Péron-inspired artwork of horses spans the dashboard

“Hermès brings its distinctive equestrian heritage and innovative craftsmanship know-how to the car, with the leather upholstery created using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers,” the news release notes.

“For Phantom’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce, that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia (dashboard), Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988) who created many of the House’s iconic scarves. 

“The work, inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is presented as though staged in an art gallery, behind glass.”

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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