Italian True Love

Italian True Love

I must admit, I am not really a fan of either Italian sport car maker Lamborghini or Italian fashion house Versace. Individually I find them both a little too macho, tacky, Euro-trashy. But when these two design powerhouses recently combined forces and delivered this stunning “Versace edition Murciélago LP640 Roadster by Lamborghini”, I was amazed. I guess the old adage “two wrongs don’t make a right” has officially been discredited.

Hot Tatra

Hot Tatra

The last ten years has seen the resurrection of legendary auto brands like the Maybach, Bugatti, Healey, Mini and recently announced Alpine car brand. Tatra Motors, the third oldest car company on the planet behind Daimler Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot was the inspiration for this new concept design by Czech magazine AutoDesign&Styling. They asked designer Mike Jelinek to create this concept vision of the Tatra of the future.

0 Designer: Mike Jelinek

Volvo + trucks + fashion = !@#$%&

Volvo + trucks + fashion = !@#$%&

OK, show of cursors, who here when thinking of big trucks (not SUVs) thinks of Volvo? Anyone? Anyone? Ok, you two in the Swedish diner..now of you two actually thinking of Volvo trucks who is thinking metro sexual fashions? Ok, so there you are. Now when thinking of metro-sexual fashion and Volvo trucks are you also thinking bibs, comforters, games and toy vehicles? Ha! I lost you didn’t I Mr. Volvo-truck-fashion-boy? Well you are not alone my friend trust me.

Baby Italian Stallion

Baby Italian Stallion

What is Italian for Mini? Well if you ask the folks at Alfa Romeo they would say “Mi.To.” That is the name of their BMW Mini Cooper killer. Looking to compete in the premium subcompact segment dominated by the Mini, Alfa designers took inspiration from their 8C Competizione beauty. And if drop dead gorgeous looks were not enough, this bad boy Mi.To makes the Toyota Prius green(er) with envy over the little Italians estimated 49 MPG.

Another Way To Get Around

Another Way To Get Around

Nothing beats walking. You get fresh air, see the sights, and the much needed exercise you KNOW you’ve been procrastinating on. That’s why you need something like this unicycle transport by designer Regimantas Vegele. It works like an elliptical machine. You get on and pedal except it’s not stationary. Sure, little kids may point and giggle as you whiz by but who cares! You’re on the move, on the go, and doing it all while staying fit and healthy.

0 Designer: Regimantas Vegele

JAL goes LUX

JAL goes LUX

Necessity has always been the mother of invention. That is why limited space is something the Japanese have become experts in. So it is no wonder the fine flying experts at JAL (Japan Air Lines) have created along with James Park Associates’ the new “JAL Suite”. This first class seating will be available in their new fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts.

0 Designer: JPA

Danish Do-It-Yourself

Danish Do-It-Yourself

For those of you not aware, kit cars are cars that you purchase and assemble yourself, and are usually based on discontinued cars of the past. Unlike the original cars they are inspired by, kit cars take the frame and mechanics from whatever current automobiles have close-enough specifications. So you may find a Ferrari kit car riding on Corvette frame and engine. Got it?

0 Designer: Jesper Hermann

BMW - No More Dents and Dings

BMW – No More Dents and Dings

BMW is really thinking outside the proverbial box with their latest concept design exercise. If the previously featured M1 concept did not strike your fancy, maybe this GINA Light Visionary Model will do the trick. The GINA is a roadster concept wherein the use of sheet metal found on bodies of production vehicles has been replaced with a special, flexible, highly durable and extremely expansion-resistant fabric material that stretches across a metal structure.

Speed Render a Speedster

Speed Render a Speedster

If you like the creative process, you will love to see this video of a car sketch speed rendered in just 5 minutes using only photoshop. Jan Lim from Malaysia SEGi College’s industrial design department speeds us from pencil sketch to polished metal. If you can put up with the mind numbing music, you just might learn something.

Water + Wind = Fun

Water + Wind = Fun

What could be more fun than flying a kite or riding a Waverunner? Try both at the same time! That’s the basic idea behind the “Nereus” water craft by designer Mathias Koehler. Powered by none other than Mother Nature herself, this water craft can deliver hours of fuel free fun above and below the water. Steering is managed via foot pedals and the diving function is handled vie the hand grips controlling the pivoting fins at the base.

0 Designer: Mathias Koehler

Yanko Design Profiles: GM's Designer in Chief

Yanko Design Profiles: GM’s Designer in Chief

As many working designers are well aware of: all industrial and automotive designers can thank their yearly salaries to General Motors and the concept known as “planned obsolescence.” For those of you that never heard of this business practice, planned obsolescence is the process of a product becoming obsolete and/or non-functional after a certain period or amount of use in a way that is designed and planned by the manufacturer.

The Sound Of Music

The Sound Of Music

The Sound From Wind is hands down the most innovative if not frivolous bicycle accessory to date. What you get are a pair of flutes that attach to either sides of the handle bar. As you ride you bike, air rushes thru chambers producing sounds similar to an ocarina. You manipulate those sounds by pressing keys on both flutes and if you want a fuller, richer sound – ride faster!

0 Designer: Joseph Kim

MINI is so last year... Meet TINY!

MINI is so last year… Meet TINY!

If an Adidas running shoe and a drop of rain wanted to design a lightweight, eco-friendly urban vehicle, what would that look like? The M-112 is an urban concept car prototype design by Ignacio Garcia might be a good start. As part of the EcoCustom Team that took part in the last Shell Eco Marathon 2008 in France, the Spanish designer set out to prove that super-duper small car design does not have to be comical or embarrassing.

0 Designer: Ignacio Garcia