Virgil Abloh imagines a new kind of luxury statement with the Mercedes G-Class

What happens when Virgil Abloh is tasked to rethink the motor car? The result is ‘Project Geländewagen’ the Mercedes square-shaped G-Class off-roader reimagined as a race car and, more importantly, an opportunity to take a fresh look at luxury design. This experimental project, created with the Mercedes-Benz creative director Gorden Wagener, explores the possibilities of luxury. The result is the antithesis of the polished and... Read More

Brave new word: Reflections on 2019, predictions for 2020

Needless to say, it has been a turbulent introductory decade to the new millennium with so much profound change and so many challenges ahead. Yet, even as dark as it is politically around the world, and hopeless as it feels with our planet’s health and our people’s happiness, we may have climbed the steepest part. Joan Didion wrote, ‘I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see, and what it means.’... Read More

Should true sustainability be about breathing new life into existing objects?

In the age of mass-production, fast fashion, hyper-consumption, and the growing awareness of the environmental damage caused by all this careless consumption, we should rethink our approach to how we shop and of ownership. And in the auto context, it is one thing to subscribe to electrification, but surely true sustainability is about maintaining the value of objects already in existence … to reuse, upcycle, reimagine – breathe new... Read More

Electrification: A conversation with Ian Callum

As Jaguar reveals the I-Pace pure electric car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, I sit down with the marque’s creative director Ian Callum to discuss the challenges he faced designing a sustainable product, and the excitement of creating a family of electric cars with a distinctively Jaguar flavour. Read the full interview here #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

New Lexus LS: The non-conformist

Cars can make significant statements about us. They convey what we can afford, of course, but also who we are and, crucially, how we would like to be perceived by others. More than any other personal possession, this metallic object on wheels is a personal declaration. This is even more true of the business car. The executive car market is hugely conservative. At least in Europe, it is governed by the German big three – Audi, BMW and Mercedes with... Read More

Pininfarina on material and colour trends in car design

Materials, and colour and trim will increasingly occupy a more central role in automotive design. We catch up with Fabio Filippini, chief creative officer at Pininfarina, who shares his thoughts on the growing trends in this area and explores how his team at the Italian design consultancy are navigating the future of the interior. How would you define the current major material, and colour and trim trends? The trend is in offering more variety and... Read More

Mercedes autonomous car

Mercedes-Benz is proposing to re-invent the automobile with the F015 Luxury in Motion study revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas. This sleek car has been designed to be an autonomous vehicle, a mobile living space, a private retreat offering space and time – two luxuries that we are increasingly in need of. #gallery-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

In talk with Benoit Jacob head of BMW i design

BMW announced the birth of its new e-mobility sub-brand i at the start of 2011, created to focus entirely on finding sustainable driving solutions. Since, we have been introduced to two concept cars – the i3 and i8 – that together reflect some of the design and engineering thinking that we should expect from the marque’s eco-arm. The cars represent the two extreme poles of BMW – i3 is an all-electric urban run-around designed for dense... Read More