BMW Motorrad’s scooter designs

The BMW E-Scooter is a concept two-wheel vehicle with electric drive designed for mainly urban driving. With a 100km driving range, and only three hours to charge the battery on any regular household power socket, the scooter aims to be more versatile than many of the other electric scooters on the market. The E-Scooter is one of the latest conceptual two-wheel urban mobility ideas to be developed at BMW Motorrad, a branch of the German marque dedicated to making individual... Read More

Jacob Jensen’s coffin design

Coffin design isn’t something that we come across everyday, which is why the news that Danish firm Jacob Jensen Design has ventured into this area came as a bit of a surprise. After all, the funeral industry is a rather traditional one, and a delicate one to tackle. Working alongside coffin manufacturer Tommerup Kister, the Diamant Series has been designed, in the words of company director Timothy Jacob Jensen, to be more like ‘the next home rather than a final one.’ He... Read More

Book review: Deborah Turbeville

Deborah Turbeville has for many years been a great source of inspiration for my work and collections.  Our design studio walls at GharaniStrok were plastered with inspirational images of which Turbeville held a strong presence. They included The Bathhouse (1975) – one of my favourites – as well as Nova (Clevedon, London 1973) and Charlotte Gainsbourg, shot in an image reminiscent of a turn of the century Chaplinesque heroine. #gallery-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-12... Read More

Chris Bangle competition: Illustrate the Future

‘I have written a fiction book about car design and the prologue takes place 25 years in the future,’ says Chris Bangle. ‘It contains some concepts I have been working on, and this contest is to see what you would make of them.’ One of the most influential and controversial car designers of our time, Bangle is asking design students to submit original illustrations based on his e-book Peter Teuful: A Tale of Car Design. #gallery-13 { margin: auto; } #gallery-13... Read More

Interview: Stefan Sielaff on Audi design

Stefan Sielaff joined German carmaker Audi in 1990 becoming head of design in 2006, and apart from a brief spell at Mercedes-Benz interior studio near Lake Como in Italy, he has largely worked within the Volkswagen Group. Here he discusses the marque’s involvement with architecture and urbanism through the Audi Urban Future Awards, and his thoughts on electric car design. Read the full interview published in Wallpaper*. Since the interview Sielaff has announced... Read More

Book review: Intersection Cars Now

Books on cars tend to follow a simple formula – a pretty straight narrative that is either sequenced historically or by company. In this context, Intersection‘s Cars Now maintains this by guiding the reader through a selection of today’s most notable cars via alphabetically organised car companies. ‘We go make by make, model by model, to capture a snapshot of a species evolving,’ say the authors. And as a reference book, this formula works perfectly. Founded... Read More

Student competition: Designing 2020 Ampera

Design students from around Europe are invited to enter Design the 2020 Ampera, an interactive competition created by Opel/Vauxhall and Car Design News. The idea is for students to develop their designs using social media as well as receive guidance from design mentors at the car firm. Launched today, the competition is open to all students studying any discipline at a design school within Europe. The winners will gain paid placements at Opel/Vauxhall’s studios. For... Read More