Though Polestar is a relatively new company–it was first a race car maker–it held its first international design contest this year. Both professionals and students were instructed to create a vision of future mobility (evolution in the year 2040) with the theme of “purity.” And they didn’t have to be cars. Let’s see how they fared.
Siddhesh Bhogale from India won the student category with this design. It combines Polestar cues with a 21st century aviation approach.
The professional category win went to Konrad Cholewka from Poland with the MMXL design. It’s an “autonomous pod with a flexible interior design, pure in its combination of two geometric shapes.”
Honorable mention went to Arthur Marins from Brazil for this electric yacht. “The design of which shows the potential for an electric cruiser that offers a true alternative to conventional craft, just as Polestar cars do in the automotive world.”
“We received an overwhelming amount of enthusiastic attention from inspired designers all over the world,” says Juan-Pablo Bernal, Senior Design Manager for Polestar, curator of the @polestardesigncommunity Instagram account and the founder of the contest. “The designers produced very high-quality material and we saw a very consistent expression of the Polestar design language.”
Polestar received entries from hundreds of designers from countries including India, South Korea, Japan, Germany, United States, Sweden, Brazil, Poland and China. “Designs included everything from hypercars and Arctic exploration vehicles, to personal mobility solutions and watercraft.”
Polestar’s design department judged the initial sketches. The 13 finalists were invited to remote coaching from Juan Pablo Bernal and Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s head of design.
The final phase had the designers build digital models of their creations. They were then judged by the designer panel.
“It was both inspirational and humbling to interact with so much emerging and experienced talent. The designs we saw evolve from creative sketches to 3D models and show that the design world is a melting pot of exceptional individuals,” said Missoni.
“We look forward to seeing these designers moving on to great things during their promising careers,” comments Missoni.
The winning designs will be made into 1:5 scale models.
The winning models will be shown in a virtual exhibition before a beginning a global tour.
The tour will make stops at Polestar Spaces in China, Europe and North America.
Keep an eye out for the names Cholewka, Bhogale and Martins in the future of design.
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