Archives for : February2016

Mirrow Provocator City Car Concept

The Mirrow Provocator – a car designed with the same wheelbase as the Smart ForTwo but considerably wider, allowing a different passenger experience. The designers envisage the body being produced from more than 50% recycled polymer. The car is in early stages with the creators looking for interest and co-operation. For more information, visit www.mirrowcars.com.

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Inside the Mirrow Provocator feels like a minivan, but the driver’s position behind the wheel and the front passenger’s position are close to the Mercedes E-class… The combination of high standards of comfort and safety with the short length of the car would be achieved by using the principals of aircraft space planning with seats located on both sides of the aisle with increased height of ceiling in the centre,and access through the one ordinary size door.

Evolution of the Renault Scenic

The Renault Scénic, which was the European car industry’s first compact MPV, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. We take a quick look at some of the concepts and design iterations of the Scénic.

 

Cycle Porn at the Design Museum

Until the 30th June 2016, the Design Museum London is hosting it’s Cycle Revolution exhibition.

“As an assembly of bicycle porn the Design Museum’s new Cycle Revolution is absolutely filthy. ” The Times

 

 

Highlights of the bikes on display include:

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins’s 2015 Hour Record bike and 2014 World Championship Time Trial bike
  • A number of Team Sky’s Pinarellos from the 2015 Tour de France, as well as kit and equipment from the team’s 2015 Tour de France win
  • Sir Chris Hoy’s Great Britain Cycling Team London 2012 Olympic Track bike
  • The Lotus Type 108 ridden by Chris Boardman at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games
  • Eddy Merckx’s 1972 Hour Record bike
  • Francesco Moser’s 1984 Hour Record bike, loaned for the exhibition from the personal collection of Sir Bradley Wiggins
  • The earliest prototype Brompton in existence
  • A 1978 Breezer Series 1
  • A 1969 Raleigh Chopper.
  • Bike builder’s workshop – showing the tools, materials and skills that combine to create a bespoke machine. Six independent British bike builders are profiled – Donhou Bicycles, Toad Custom Cycles, Hartley Cycles, Robin Mather Cycles, Mercian Cycles and Shand Cycles.
  • High profile cyclists including Lord Norman Foster and Sir Paul Smith discuss their passion for cycling and hopes for its future in the closing film.

Full info on the Design Museum website.

Design Museum London: Apply for Designers in Residence 2016

Now in its 9th year, the annual residency programme promotes new and emerging design talent. It’s open to all designers who have graduated from Higher Education within the last five years (in the academic year 2011/12 or more recently) and who have been working professionally (either paid or voluntarily) in some form of design or architecture practice for a minimum of one year.

This year the Design Museum opens the doors to its new home in Kensington. The Designers in Residence of 2016 will join the museum on this journey. Through a focused and rigorous proposal, the museum asks for designers to submit creative responses to this year’s theme OPEN.

Design is no longer exclusive but a process in which many voices can participate. The spirit of open design offers new and exciting ways to shape and experience the world around us. Design has become more inclusive. Tools that were once the preserve of professionals are now available to amateurs. Through hacking, co-creation, downloadable designs, and sharing of knowledge, more people than ever can take on the role of the designer.

[ Find out more & apply ]