The final projects of the Transportation Design students at Turin-based IED (istituto Europeo di Design), developed in partnership with BMW with the goal of creating a car for 2015,
interpreting the language evolution and the brand’s philosophy.The thesis brief was \"Designing the BMW of 2015, interpreting the language evolution and the trademark essence, in view of the company’s future perspectives\".
The 8 final 1:4 scale models will be displayed at the Istituto Europeo di Design, in Via S. Quintino 39, Turin, within the “Apriti IED” event, until the end of September 2008 (visiting hours: 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 18:00). Admission is free..
During the first phase of the project students were involved in the research of a product and a style projected towards the future, for their subsequent application to actual scenarios of a close tomorrow.
BMW Vela Concept BMW Vela Concept by Andrea Corona, Alex Mastinu and Yim Sumi
Initially, students’ concept work focused on individuating wishes, needs, tastes and life style of an individual (man or woman) meant to turn 35 years old in 2025.
As to shapes development, they were asked to find an inspiration source looking both into natural elements like the sun, the sea, the wind or the earth and in forms of expression such as music, painting or arts in general.
For the second phase of the project, young car designers had to use the project essence and formal language individuated in the previous stage to develop both the interior and exterior of an actual car suitable to fit in an hypothetical 2015 life context and able to generate emotions while also identifying the BMW profile.The 35 students involved were subdivided into 18 teams, all coordinated by Fulvio Fantolino, Coordinator of the Transportation Design – car design Course and owner of F&F Design Studio.
BMW ZX-6 ConceptStudents were also followed throughout the internal stages of project development by a BMW Commission including Thomas Plath, Director Model Techniques and Process Management, and Anders Warming, BMW Exterior Design Director, under the supervision of Chris Bangle, Chief of Design for BMW Group.
The proposals elaborated by all student teams were later evaluated with the selection of 12, out of which 8 were developed in 1:4 models, in collaboration with Cecomp, and the remaining 4 turned into virtual models.
“Working with BMW following the concept requirements and quality standards of their trademark has always been a goal and an excellence milestone aimed at by the Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin – states César Mendoza, IED Turin Director.
\"Achieving such objective is a huge satisfaction for both the School and our students and we are delighted to share the results of all our efforts with all car-lovers”.
Projects particularly appreciated by the commission included: “Africa. decompose concept.” by Raphael Laurent and Mihaï Panaîtescu and “Snug” by David Raffai, Kevin Schlaepfer, Andrea Torchia and Alberto Usai.