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Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum wants you to know the best days of automotive design are not yet behind us, fading fast in the rearview mirror. In fact, the 63 years young Callum is convincingly enthused about the possibilities fomenting across the automotive industry as it switches gears toward an era of electrification, heralding the Jaguar I-PACE, the brand’s first all-electric production vehicle as an example of the exciting things yet to come.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director, speaking at Watts Next…Design Challenges of the Electric Car behind the new Jaguar I-PACE.
Fending off the effects of a red-eye flight into Jacksonville, Florida, Jaguar’s Callum is here to attend Amelia Island Concours – the pleasantly genteel and relaxed East Coast brethren of Pebble Beach – joining his brother, Moray Callum, Ford’s VP of Design, to speak at “Watts Next…Design Challenges of the Electric Car”. Sitting alongside the Brothers Callum are General Motors’ Michael Simcoe, Porsche’s Grant Larson, and Nissan’s Alfonso Albaisa, rounding out a rare congregation of some of the industry’s most influential creative minds.
The panel moderated by Stewart Reed, Chairman of Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design, is advertised as an exploration of the challenges posed by the paradigm shift presented by electric vehicle. But after initial presentations walking through the history of showstopper designs like the Infiniti’s Prototype 9 and Mercedes-AMG Project One, the talk digresses into two camps upon opening conversation to the public: designers optimistically looking forward, a public vehemently looking back.
EV technology allows for a 50/50 rigid body weight distribution and more spacious cabin built over the “skateboard”.
Powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, the SUV delivers an estimated 240 mile all-electric range, aided by a range-optimized navigation system to eke out every last mile. Fast charging can bring the battery from 0-80% in just 40 minutes using a 100kW DC charger.
The division isn’t a surprise. The seminar stands in stark contrast to the majority of heritage-oriented events during the weekend-long 2018 Amelia Island Concours. An obsession with the past is par for the course here at Amelia Island, showcasing a Morse-code arrangement of exquisitely preserved vehicles spanning decades strewn across immaculate stretches of golf course lawn, with a tide of silver haired attendees intermingling in fawning admiration. It becomes quickly evident the majority of classic car enthusiasts of another generation aren’t quite convinced the future should be powered by plug rather than pump. But even stalwart traditionalists recognize the writing on the wall, and so seats were filled (begrudgingly, with more than a few arms crossed) to hear out five of the most influential modern automotive designers explain the virtues of future car designs untethered from the gas tank.
The I-Pace is equipped with artificial intelligence algorithms to learn driving habits and tailored to driver preferences, alongside a slew of customization options.
Sitting beside the newly revealed mid-size, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV (in reality, this reveals itself to a subtly different proportioned concept predecessor of the finalized car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show), Ian Callum stands at the vanguard of pushing for more expressive and memorable experiences within vehicles emancipated by electric engines, all the while respecting automotive history. As the mind behind the design of the Aston Martin DB7 and the Jaguar F-Type, Callum doesn’t want to sever design from the past, but instead hopes to tie it with the future.
“For those of you out there worried about the future of cars – don’t,” Jaguar’s Callum implores the doubtful crowd of car lovers, “Cars of tomorrow will still be recognizably cars and will become even more thrilling to drive.”
The Jaguar InControl Remote App delivers driver data to smart devices for review, with integrated Amazon Alexa Skill allows users to query the digital assistant with questions like, “Is my car locked?,” “What is the charging level?,” and “Do I have enough range to get to work?”
Callum’s enthusiasm for the future has been buttressed by his team of “30-somethings” who keep him cognizant of technology, exhibiting an idealism that usually fades away with success and age. After the seminar, he walked a group of us around his team’s latest design, pointing out the Jaguar I-PACE’s muscular silhouette, cab-forward design, and long wheelbase, explaining the exterior dimensions permits for a more spacious interior serving comfort within. Small differences between the concept model in front of us and the eventual production car revealed at Geneva are pointed out, including a slew of incremental refinements for aerodynamics.
The rakish silhouette optimized for drag coefficient results in a 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.
“The [I-PACE] is a real opportunity to really play with the shape of the car and visually throwing the weight forward. I wanted the cab-forward look, but to make it look interesting, and not like a giant hatchback…we wanted some drama and a bit of exaggeration. That’s what Jaguar has always been about, exaggerating the lines of the car to get that sense of movement, speed, and dynamism.”
When asked whether automotive design will see a design renaissance with the incorporation of electric and automated technologies, Callum is quick to agree, noting the elimination of a giant engine block permits for aesthetic expressions yet fully explored. “People think we’re at the end, but we’re just getting started.”
But when prodded for his opinion whether cars will start looking remarkably different soon with the move toward electrification, he errs on the side of evolution rather than revolution, noting electric vehicles tend to share all the hallmarks of their petrol-fueled cousins. “There are a set of rules we live by aesthetically, and I think that’s what holds us to what you see here. What you see is a genuine attempt to do something within the shape of a car that is intended to be aesthetically pleasing, and if it defaults to a set of lines that are familiar, so be it. I don’t think it needs to be overtly different for the sake of being different.”
This confidence only wavers for a moment, admitting while the drawing the route toward the future is guided by sign posts, the destination only becomes visible upon arrival. Pointing toward his iPhone, Callum remarks with a thoughtful pause and incredulous glance, “We can design for the future, but nobody really knows how its really going to play out. Who would have thought this thing would eventually shape everything?”
Designed by David Ito Arquitetura, the 260-square-meter AML Apartment was renovated to maximize open spaces and natural light for clients who also requested using soft colors. The São Paulo, Brazil interior now boasts a large social area to include the living, dining, and television rooms that benefit from the wide expanse of windows. Those spaces connect to the kitchen and terrace, making it easy to entertain family and friends when they’re over.
A 12-meter-long rippled wall separates the private areas from the public ones with a folding door that opens up the space. White walls, curtains, cabinets, and countertops keep the interior light and bright while allowing the subtle colors to pop.
The crisp white surfaces are paired with warm wood throughout for a striking contrast.
The entryway is clad in wood, disguising doors to the powder room and exit.
Last week, New York City hosted the annual “Armory Art Fair Week” – a four day race (literally running) to view over 600 galleries spread across 8 fairs. In search of something I’ve never seen before, these 9 sculptures took the prize for “most innovative”:
Alien-landscape-like collages by Gustavo Dia begin as excruciatingly detailed drawings (I’m told he sharpens his mechanical pencil every few seconds when he works). These new works translate his designs into laser-cut paper. Presented by Sicardi Gallery of Houston Texas, at The Armory Show.
Nicole Wermers, Shell Ashtray 2018
Nicole Wermers, Shell Ashtray 2018 (detail)
“Shell Ashtray” by sculptor Nicole Wermers implies the humorous and tragic progression of sea shells. Presented by Jessica Silverman Gallery of San Francisco at The Armory Show. Note: This is NOT a functional object – the cigarettes (one stained with red lipstick) are part of the sculpture.
Rob Rhee creates lyrical frameworks from metal tubing – then ships them to gourd farmers with instructions to allow particular species of fruit to grow inside each. The “collaboration” between metal and nature is always a play of chance and hope. I’m told only about 1 in 6 attempts “work” to Rob’s satisfaction. Presented by JAG Projects at NADA Art Fair.
Geoffrey Mann, Shine 2010
Though created in 2010, this candelabra by Geoffrey Mann still feels like it’s from the future (and so much cooler to see in person). It’s the result of 3D-scanning a silver candelabra – a process which “accidentally” also records the reflections and light flares as “real” objects. The final sculpture, a rapid prototype cast in bronze, makes light itself tangible. Plated in silver, it too is fully reflective. Presented by Sapar Contemporary of New York, at NADA Art Fair.
Jonathan Owen, Untitled 2017
Jonathan Owen, Untitled 2017 (detail)
Jonathan Owen uses existing sculptures as his raw material. This REAL 19th Century marble bust was re-carved into a sort-of puzzle containing an autonomous sphere in a network of geometric stars. I’m not sure how I feel about the act of simultaneous vandalism and creation – a collaboration without permission. That question is one of the reasons why I love it. Presented by Ingleby Gallery of Scotland, at The Armory Show.
Lynda Benglis, Elephant Necklace 2017
Lynda Benglis, Elephant Necklace 2017
This 9-inch Lynda Benglis edition, cast in white bronze from a unique ceramic work, is my “most wanted” from all the fairs. Titled “Elephant Necklace”, it was produced by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for the New Museum Limited Editions, shown at Independent Art Fair. It’s equally beautiful from every angle – which makes photographing it endlessly amusing, and difficult to narrow down.
Sculptor Tobias Kaspar finds garbage on the street and casts it in bronze. Though not a new idea to “immortalize” trash, the decision to cut and polish a few of the sculptures adds a new level of beauty and intrigue. Presented by VI, VII Gallery of Norway, at Independent Art Fair.
The late Tony Feher’s sculpture may be the most contested this list, but for me it’s pure delight. It’s also impossible for me to explain or reason why I love it so much. This arrangement of tiny trinkets with an empty bottle is exactly what it appears to be, and yet produces an euphoria of hope, potential, nostalgia, curiosity and imagination, all compounded by the humble simplicity that’s a trademark of Feher’s work. Represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co of New York at Independent Art Fair.
2018 marks a new page for Italian brand Natuzzi with Pasquale Junior Natuzzi at the helm of the family run company, which has now evolved into a lifestyle brand. The new direction marks the launch of designer Marcel Wanders’ latest design, the Furrow Sofa, which looks to have the same soft smooth feeling an old baseball glove would have.
The curvy sofa was inspired by the natural beauty of Puglia, including its warm brown soil that enriches the olive trees. Its rounded back and sides aim to feel like a cocoon around the user while its reddish-brown leather and saddle stitching offer additional tailored coziness.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, every Friday in March we’ll be featuring women in the design world in our Friday Five column.
If you’ve researched renting a car within the last few years, Silvercar might have popped up on your radar. The Audi-owned, app-based rental car startup takes the hassle out of renting a car by hooking you up with a luxury Audi in 19 different locations around the United States. Amber Quist is the Chief Marketing Officer for the Austin, Texas based company, which launched in 2012. The University of Texas at Austin alum earned a B.A. in Marketing and a Masters in Advertising before landing roles at car2go and Spredfast where she led results-driven campaigns, like the car2go Mercedes initiative, with her fierce marketing skills. In this Friday Five, the frequent traveler shares more about her life, her must-haves, and life-changing experiences.
1. AWAY The Bigger Carry-On \\\ A colleague was obsessed with this suitcase. I became envious enough after traveling with her that I invested in one too. I’m passionate about brands that simplify the complexities in life. After just a few trips with my new beauty, I get what all the hype is about – the colors are neutral, but unique; the built-in battery allows me to never have to worry about my phone running out of juice; and I’ve been able to fit a clown car’s worth of stuff in my carry-on while still feeling chic.
Cool Apps/Life Hacks:
2. Rent the Runway Unlimited \\\ Time is limited for everyone these days. As a working mom and a wife of a husband who is constantly on the road, time to shop in a store for myself is obsolete. Enter…Rent the Runway Unlimited. This subscription service has allowed me to appear way more together than I actually am. It has also satisfied my guilty pleasures of online shopping without having to find more space in my closet. I love feeling like I have access to clothes for any occasion and don’t have to feel stressed to find something appropriate for a special event, board meeting, or vacation. Also, their customer service is top notch!
3. Traveling with my kids \\\ Sounds crazy, I know. But, I love traveling and exposing our children to different cultures is something important to me and my husband. We try to take advantage of opportunities when they are in front of us and not let the fear of how hard it will be hold us back from creating memories. This summer we took a trip to Spain where my husband ended a tour and my mother in-law was completing her solo pilgrimage – the El Camino de Santiago. In a moment of insanity, I booked a flight with my kids and my parents to meet them in Barcelona. While I was really looking forward to it, I knew it could also be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes we had to throw out plans because someone needed a nap or an ice cream, but we experienced and saw Spain in a different and new way. I think a lot of parents are afraid to take their young kids on long trips. It’s daunting, but my advice to them, just do it.
Personal things I can’t live without:
4. Lucchese Custom Made Boots \\\ When I get laid in the ground, I hope I’m wearing my Lucchese boots. I’m from Texas, so naturally I grew up riding my horse to school. That’s a joke, but I do own (let’s just say) a few pairs of boots. My favorites: my beat up Classic 1883 Mad Dog Lucchese’s that I promise are as comfortable as my running shoes.
5. My grandfather’s 1952 Telecaster \\\ Some might say the holy grail of electric guitars. My grandmother bought this guitar brand new for my grandfather who taught guitar lessons in the 1950’s. Many years later, after she passed away, the guitar was stolen from my grandfather and sold to a collector. After a long series of events, the guitar was found and returned. In the 90’s, with no real guitar players in the family, my grandfather decided to sell the guitar back to the collector. Fast forward to 2012, my husband and I tracked the guitar down, discovered it wasn’t for sale, but wrote our name and number on a piece of paper and left it in the case with the owner. A year later, we received a call that the guitar was going to be sold at a guitar show and we had four days to buy it. I didn’t feel right about losing the family heirloom, so we scrambled everything we had together at the time to keep the guitar in the family.
If you had the opportunity to, would you stay in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright himself? For many design lovers (us included), the answer is a unanimous yes! On HomeAway, four of Wright’s homes are available to rent in four different states: Hawaii, Michigan, California and Indiana. Suddenly, we have four new places to add to our travel bucket list…
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England’s claim as the progenitors of the art of shaving carries weight when looking back at the history of razors, for it was back in 1700’s Sheffield, England when inventor and manufacturer Benjamin Huntsman first fashioned what was to become the first true hard steel grade razor – a steadfast design of handle and blade that hasn’t changed all too much since its inception. Fast forward a few centuries ahead, and it’s U.K. design yet again attempting to innovate facial grooming, this time with the aid of magnets.
Made from machined aluminum and brass, London based product design agency Morrama imagines the Angle Razor as the ergonomic and aesthetic heir to the traditional straight razor. In reality, the minimalist styled Angle Razor is closer to the handle and disposable blade design traditionally known as a shavette, a safer, cheaper, and easier-to-use relative of the straight razor.
The sole conceit of the Angle Razor’s design is its small slide-out section revealing a magnetic compartment; the magnet permits easy insertion and alignment of recyclable double edged (DE) razor blades with a secure snap. In essence the design reminds of a refined and smaller version of the box cutter utility knife intended for more precise and delicate service.
If we can encourage a few more people to switch from environmentally unfriendly cartridges to a 300 year old shaving method in the form of our modern Angle Razor design, then that’s good enough for us.
Those following razor designs may recognize some of the same pared down silhouette available with the safety razor style, Hone Type 15 razor.
The Morrama design team’s affinity for the “ceremony of shaving” and the ritualized pleasure of barbering guided the redesign, with an emphasis upon user experience sorely lacking with modern disposable and electric options. Their solution retains many of the pleasurable tactile attributes of using a straight razor, minus the sometimes dangerous possibilities related to overcoming its learning curve.
Lately I’ve been seeing prints of abstract shapes in all of the interior design photos I’ve been liking on Instagram. There’s something about this modern take on shapes we’ve learned since babyhood that I find myself drawn to, especially on art prints since I find that abstract shapes are practically a neutral when it comes to interiors! Here are a few of my current favorite shape-filled prints from Society6’s collective of artists:
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The Play Cabinet 2017, by Berlin-based designer Shigeki Yamamoto, feels like a mix between Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoys, but a sophisticated, life-size version for adults. Inspired by childhood memories playing with building blocks, the cabinet is composed of perforated wooden strips joined with a plug and screw connection.
Starting back to one of his first projects, Yamamoto developed the connection method as a way to allow for adjustments and reconfigurations simply by switching to another hole. That same freedom applies to this cabinet where spaces are intentionally left for moments of inspiration. While the components are simple, the cabinet grew more complex as pieces were added, resulting in an intricate sculpture that also houses your special objects.
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