Issue no. 246 summary

The point Insurgent cultural and creative excellence
The pandemic has turned the focus back on to our nature as biological beings, even though the digital dimension is inseparable from the day-to-day and indispensable for overcoming the limits inherent in the physical dimension… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Cover story Granstudio DigiPHY, reconfiguring reality
“The world of car design will never be like it was before”: Lowie Vermeersch, founder and CEO of the Turin design house Granstudio, has no doubts that the design approach must change. “The new possibilities in the field… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Ferrari SF90 Spider, hybrid spaceship
Designing a model’s open-air variant has always been a complex challenge for designers. It’s not simply a question of making the upper part of the bodywork disappear, but new stylistic, aerodynamic and technical factors… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story BMW iX, workshop of the future
Said, done. Vision iNext, the concept car unveiled by BMW in Los Angeles in 2018, becomes the iX, a production car designed for all-electric mobility and the first model based on the new modular technology platform… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Interview Pierre Leclercq/Citroën Ami, a very serious toy
With its unique silhouette, explicitly designed around the identical front and rear panels, the Ami immediately conveys an idea of exceptional empathy. And yet the latest Citroën creation, originally approved as a light quadricycle that can be driven… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Concept car Mini Vision Urbanaut, reinventing interior space
Imagine a Mini. It’ll be a nice memory, because the only features it shares with that of the future will be the position of the wheels, at the four corners, and its footprint, i.e., its track on the road (it will be 4.46 metres long). It won’t be a simple car… by Fabio Galvano

Concept car Renault Mégane eVison, breking the codes
Few things are more exciting to a designer than a brand new automotive architecture: A blank canvas that opens the mind and unlocks creativity. That freedom inspired Renault’s design teams responsible for the look of the… by Peter Sigal

Concept car Lynk&Co, design driven
In the abstract, it could prove to be one of the most daring and significant operations of the recent history of the car: launching a new brand in the demanding European market through special hiring formulas, with a duration… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design studio LDA Design, a SUV for Le Mans
Liberate your imagination and go back to having fun designing racing cars. “For years now, the stringent regulations imposed by the various racing car formulas have meant almost total stylistic uniformity for participating cars … by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Aznom Palladium, extra large challenge
Every day, the world of “one-offs” teaches us that there is, practically, no limit to luxury and to what might be desired. The Palladium project, however, has severely tested even this cliché. Not because it is more luxurious than many other… by Filippo Einaudi

Surfaces&Design PPG, Colours in the time of the virus
From brightness to the “flame”, from the grain to opaque or ceramic effects: none of the multiple features of a shade just presented escapes the precise gaze of experts, even if spread on just a few samples of metal sheet…by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design studio BorromeodeSilva, strength in numbers
Ten years ago, childhood friends Fabio de Silva and Carlo Borromeo, technology and design enthusiasts and especially passionate about cars, founded the studio that bears their name, combining their respective strengths and passions… by Ali Filippini

Contest Polestar, a competition without limits
A competition for imagining the Polestars of the future: “This time we expanded our boundaries and asked all the creatives to design a Polestar-brand vehicle that would go into production twenty years from now… by Edoardo Nastri

Contest Autostyle 2020, the digital edition
This year’s health emergency has stalled events in many sectors, and the automotive and design industries have been no exceptions. The easy way out would therefore have been for Berman to postpone the 17th Autostyle Design Competition until 2021… by Sergio Chierici

Contest James Dyson Award, friendly technology
Leading edge technology and hallmark design: this is the combination that has established Dyson worldwide as a benchmark in the household appliances market, from an aesthetic and formal perspective also. Like Braun several decades ago… by Marta Cinti

Train&Design IUAV University of Venice, the smart train
In the 1980s, with the explosion of Internet use, there was a widespread idea that distance would lose its significance. In terms of work, entertainment and relationships, it was thought that, with the possibility of connection, distance would no longer matter… by Omri Revesz

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