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MINI is showcasing its flair for design with two impressive exhibits at this year’s Salone del Mobile. As last year, MINI is using installations at Milan’s Università degli Studi and the Triennale Design Museum to highlight the brand’s “Creative Use of Space” philosophy. The glue holding the two works together is a time travel concept covering everything from the roots of the brand to the future of mobility.

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MINI Sintesi
The Mutant Architecture & Design exhibition initiated by renowned Italian design magazine INTERNI under the watchful eye of Gilda Bojardi, places MINI at centre stage through its design installation “MINI Sintesi.” The exhibit is on display in the magnificent Cortile d’Onore at Milan’s state university, the Università degli Studi di Milano, as part of the Fuori Salone 2011. Also participating in the show are Zaha Hadid Architects for Artemide and Ingo Maurer for ENEL. “MINI Sintesi” is a 3-D sculpture created by Head of MINI Design Anders Warming and his team. It embodies the evolution of the MINI Family – “from the original to the original” – using the contour lines of various cars’ profiles. The outlines of the individual cars use cylindrical extensions along various axes to produce a three-dimensional picture of MINI Design through the ages across a 6.5 x 6 x 2.7-metre surface. The contours of the classic Mini, framed by the silhouettes of the MINI Hatch, MINI Clubman, MINI Countryman and MINI Coupe Concept car – the most recent arrival – represent the centre point of the installation. The MINI Coupe Concept represents a foretaste of an innovative vehicle concept which is set to come onto the market before the year’s end.

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“MINI Sintesi” expresses the iconographic design language of the individual family members through the colouring of the contour lines. When it came to the colour scheme for the sculpture, Anders Warming turned to the original exterior paint shades of the individual models. The structure of the futuristic installation is a reference to a fundamental design principle of the MINI family: all family members emerge from the same core and share the same genes. However, they also display some very different and individual characteristics. And so the overall form of the installation changes as you move around it, encouraging the visitor to view it from various angles.


Studio job + willem nieland: firmship 42

Antwerp based studio job has collaborated with dutch nautical architect willem nieland to create ‘firmship 42‘, a classically crafted boat finished with a detail and precision that reinforces its timelessness. featuring a warm and neutral palette, the ship aims to modernize traditional nautical aesthetics.

The deck, interior and color palette were all designed under the direction of studio job with the forceful and sculptural exterior, measuring 42 feet in length, designed by nieland.

Natural teak on the doors, floors and cabin interior offset the otherwise grey surfaces of the body, railings and throttle. exposed teak on the exterior of the boat will eventually grey with age, further emphasizing the monochromatic scheme. on the cabins interior, the teak is applied in areas to appear as though it is planks of seamlessly joined wood.

Inside, icons of the seafaring past have been subtly introduced through upholstery and prints that include graphic interpretations of anchors, moby dick and skull and crossbones. a stained glass window between the cabin and the pilothouse displays the same iconography.

Studio job’s previously produced bronze bell and marquetry cabinet are incorporated into the design, which consists of a series of pieces – both inside and out- that were created specifically for the this project.


On February the world got to know the new Ferrari, the FF Ferrari. With a revolutionary 12-cylinder four-seater with four-wheel drive, this is the most powerful and versatile Ferrari ever built. The car will be available on March and it already has many clients with their eyes on it.


Brazilian yacht maker Intermarine has collaborated with BMW DesignworksUSA to develop an ultra luxury yacht that has been dubbed Intermarine 55.

Intermarine 55 is inspired by modern architecture and automotive surfacing, such as the BMW X6, and is scheduled to go on sale this July.

Highlights of the new yacht include two head compartments along with a master suite having queen sized bed and an enclosed shower.





New Aston Martin “Cygnet” inspired by Toyota’s iQ

Collaboration marks critical step in plans to expand ‘iQ world’ Toyota’s revolutionary iQ platform is about to reset traditional thinking, with plans that the world’s smallest four-seater will serve as the basis for a new luxury commuter car to be exclusively built for and sold to Aston Martin owners. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) today announced that the new “Cygnet” would pair Aston Martin’s trademark design flair with the Toyota iQ’s highly compact and low-CO2 city driving package. The commuter car will be tailored specifically to customer requirements at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, the United Kingdom.


Gray Design is bringing another star into the yachting world with their Strand Craft 166.

This yacht is not designed for the masses, it is specifically detailed for an automobile connoisseur, an owner who is addicted to that new leather smell. The 166 has a low stance, enormous length, and curled haunches to give the exterior design a dynamic aesthetic.

Gray’s Strand Craft 166 is fully equipped with a Retractable flybridge, 5 double suites, a lounge, library and Hidden jacuzzi deck. The yacht even comes with its own Supercar tender Created in the same design language as it’s carrier, the tender ensures you can roll out at your favorite port in ultimate style.  With a V8 engine producing 620 horsepower and a top speed of 305 kph, the tender is an small accessory to the yacht, that speaks volumes in the boating world.

Aston Martin’s final release of 2010 includes three new special edition DB9s available right now at your local Aston Martin dealership.
The three editions are called Morning Frost, Carbon Black and Quantum Silver, and are available as either coupé or Volante convertible.
The first one is the Morning Frost, which aims to offer a luxury premium, coming dressed in Pearlescent White and using a Metallic Bronze leather interior finish.

LED technology plays a vital role in shaping the AUDI brand image. during the milan LED light festival 2010 , the italian architect luca trazzi designed a 22-meter-tower, made of solar cells and LEDs, that absorbs light by day and emits 16 million variations of colored light by night.

For $1 million per month you can now charter the world’s coolest superyacht, the 164-ft.

Exuma built by Perini Navi, in the South Pacific.

The Jaguar XJ model has been named as the ‘Luxury Car of the Year 2010’ by Top

Gear placing the British firm’s flagship model above rivals from BMW and Audi.


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