Adrian van Hooydonk on BMW Megacity Vehicle

‘The Megacity Vehicle will be attractive but not controversial, and it will need to express cleanliness combined with premium and efficient, efficient dynamics,’ says Adrian Van Hooydonk. The BMW design director is referring to the first product to be released – albeit only two teaser sketches – from Project-I, an internal research unit which has been studying the best possible mode of personal transport for urban driving for some time. The Mini E was part... Read More

Herzog de Meuron’s Swiss adventure

Herzog de Meuron’s Vitra Haus is the perfect addition to Vitra’s celebrated campus in the sleepy town of Weil-am-Rhein. The town, known locally as Stuhl Stadt (Chair City), is most well known for its factories producing some of the world’s most celebrated furniture design from Charles & Ray Eames, Maarten van Severen and Verner Panton, among others. #gallery-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

In talk with Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle has kept a rather low profile since he abruptly left his position at BMW where he became one of the world’s most influential car designers. He has given few interviews since, but we caught up with the controversial designer at his self-built house and consultancy outside Turin to see what he has been up to since departing from the Bavarian marque last March. Bangle does not shy sway from the truth. He knows that he has set a pretty unbeatable standard to... Read More

Mercedes-Benz product design sub-brand

Mercedes-Benz has created Style, a new sub-brand dedicated to the design of luxury good outside automotive design. ‘We will create very selective luxury products in order to underline our image as a luxury maker and as a leading company in design,’ global design boss Gorden Wagener told us at the launch of Style. The marque’s images has arguably suffered in recent years – no longer seen to be at the forefront of high-end design. Recent cars such as... Read More

Urban mobility concepts for 2030

Sustainable mobility by its very nature requires a supportive infrastructure – and a globally united one at that – for real value. With this in mind, Audi has sponsored six international avant-garde architects to design a future urban landscape for 2030 that will examine how urban planning and architecture can support green mobility . #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width:... Read More

Clerkenwell Design Week 2010

May saw the launch of a new annual design festival in London’s Clerkenwell. During the three-day Clerkenwell Design Week (25-27 May) the area’s many furniture showrooms displayed special exhibitions, talks and parties. #gallery-9 { margin: auto; } #gallery-9 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-9 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-9 .gallery-caption { margin-left:... Read More

Jeff Koons on the BMW Art car

Jeff Koons has created an art car, the BMW M3 GT2, that raced at 24-hour Le Mans this month. The pop artist is following in the footsteps of the likes of David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, to name a few on this collaboration scheme that started in 1975. For BMW working with famous artists like Koons is not only a great marketing exercise but also as design director Adrian van Hooydonk told us it ‘gives you a feedback from... Read More

Emerging car designers: RCA show

The Royal College of Art postgraduate vehicle design show is possibly the most important one of its kind given the college’s impressive alumni who collectively more or less head most of the major car design studios. The 2010 show focused on future clean driving and set out to explore new concepts for mobility. Highlights included work by Swedish designer Marten Wallgren and David Seesing of Germany – both finalists on the Bentley Aero competition featured on Design... Read More

Car design trends from Geneva 2010

Amongst the yearly international car shows it is at Geneva where future trends in car design are revealed. This year was no exception. The show saw a strong focus on green car design – mainly electric cars – and a return to simple lines and elegant sculpture. The car world has been slow at wholeheartedly embracing the design of cars driven by the modern engine. One reason could be that until now they hadn’t come to a concrete agreement as to which one of the many alternative... Read More

Bentley’s new aero ambitions

British luxury carmaker Bentley, not famed for creating the most aerodynamic sculptures, is seemingly taking a new approach to the design of its future cars. In a recent ‘Bentley of the Future’ competition held at the RCA post graduate school in London the carmaker challenged second year vehicle design students to come up with a future Bentley Continental GT that scored high on aero efficiency without sacrificing the Bentley design DNA. This approach isn’t all that... Read More