Tokyo to Paris: a car as an expression of David Bowie

This is a brilliantly curious project. ‘A portrait of db’ is a sort of art car, created as an expression of David Bowie and his life and music. It is also a tribute to the singer-songwriter following his death in 2016. Yet the story happens to begin some 21 years ago in Tokyo with a young Takumi Yamamoto, the former Citroën designer responsible for GranTurismo‘s GT by Citroën. ‘A portrait of db’ will come alive... 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-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

Marc Lichte discusses the Audi Prologue

Last week we were invited to Milan to witness the European premier of a new concept car by Audi and to meet the man who penned it, chief designer Marc Lichte. The venue was a rather unusual pop-up boutique nestled in the fashionable Brera design district – the twinkling festive decorations outside adding a bit of sparkle to the occasion. The Prologue is a study car that signals an evolution in design for Audi. It takes the marque’s clean... Read More

Adrian Van Hooydonk on Mini and BMW design

We caught up with BMW Group design director Adrian Van Hooydonk at the 2014 Paris Motor Show to discuss the latest Superleggera Vision Concept, sustainable driving and the future of Mini and BMW design. DT. What inspired the team to create this latest Superleggera Vision Mini concept? AVH. A two-seater roadster is very British; it is very traditional as a concept, yet how the design came up has such an Italian flair. It was a joint project between... Read More

Meet Mini Vision

Here’s a virtual preview of its upcoming concept car, the Mini Vision, set to be unveiled concurrently at the Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows in November. Read the full report in Wallpaper*. #gallery-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left:... Read More

Design team discuss Infiniti Emerg-e

A month before the Geneva Motor Show a few of us were called to Park Royal Studios in West London for a preview of Infiniti’s latest design study. Emerg-e joins the 2009 Essence and 2011 Etherea – collectively they speak of the marque’s design direction. To put all this into context Nissan’s luxury arm, which existed in the US as a premium brand, entered Europe in 2008 – the move prompting a much needed rethink of its design... Read More

Sustainable car design from Tokyo

The modern engine frees the designer to explore new shapes and be more daring with the vehicle architecture. With the electric car, in particular, car designers are finding a newfound freedom as the thin batteries and motors in wheels free up space and reduce weight. This is how some vehicle designers have approached current and future zero-emission design as exhibited in the Tokyo Motor Show back in October. Our pick of the best green car design... Read More