Tag: Fashion

You will love “The Future Perfect”

The Future Perfect, founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff, is is one of the world’s foremost contemporary design galleries. From its inception, The Future Perfect has been distinguished by its thoroughly creative vision and strong curatorial focus, which showcases studio-created works alongside one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.

In its 15-year history, the gallery, as its name implies, has introduced some of the seminal design talents of our times, including highly-collectible works by Lindsey Adelman, Jason Miller, and Kristin Victoria Baron. Considered a catalyst as well as an industry authority, The Future Perfect has also forged relationships with some of the world’s most influential artists, designers and craftspeople. A focus on dynamic programming and cross-pollination has produced enduring collaborations with celebrated international design studios including Piet Hein Eek, DimoreStudio and Michael Anastassiades.

Today, The Future Perfect’s prestigious gallery program is tailored to its unique locations in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Each space offers a highly customized environment that includes exclusive exhibitions from cutting edge contemporary artists such as John Hogan, Christopher Stuart, Chris Wolston and Eric Roinestad. Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect’s Los Angeles home, is located in a modern Hollywood residence, where guests experience an eclectic mix of contemporary production and gallery pieces together under one roof.

http://www.thefutureperfect.com

World’s first racetrack with AMG branding

Mercedes-AMG was born on the racetrack more than 50 years ago – for the first time anywhere in the world, a racetrack now bears the successful brand name: The AMG Speedway in South Korea, an important Mercedes-AMG market, marks the beginning of a new era of the AMG community. The track not only adopted the name, but also sports the hallmark corporate design of AMG. The 4.3-kilometre circuit, some 38 kilometres from Gagnam, the trendy district of the capital Seoul, allows experiencing the brand’s Driving Performance as intensively and exclusively as nowhere else in the region. The AMG Lounge provides an inviting setting for community discussions and personal exchanges with AMG experts. In addition, the sports car and performance brand will also use the AMG Speedway for the presentation of new models, dealer training, and other event formats.

D514168-Worlds-first-racetrack-with-AMG-branding-AMG-Speedway--New-Driving-Performance-in-South-KoreaD514169-Worlds-first-racetrack-with-AMG-branding-AMG-Speedway--New-Driving-Performance-in-South-Korea

The performance, the precision and the driving dynamics of an AMG model are best and most safely experienced on a racetrack. “The AMG Speedway is the world’s first racetrack bearing our name. This underlines the importance of South Korea as one of our main markets. The AMG Speedway is thus not only an important step in the further dynamic development of AMG in South Korea. It also stands for the strategic expansion of our face-to-face communication. Customers and fans can experience the essence of our brand here first hand”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Thanks to an attractive product range, Mercedes-AMG in South Korea recorded a significant double-digit growth and a new sales record in 2017.

The circuit and its surroundings are not only being branded with high-profile AMG logos, but are also enhanced with a host of exclusive AMG locations in the corporate design such as the AMG Lounge the separate pit lane and paddock area.

The AMG Speedway is based on the South Korea’s first permanent racetrack, which was inaugurated in 1995. The circuit was extensively reconfigured and expanded in 2011 using the plans of renowned racetrack designer Hermann Tilke. The circuit is now 4.3-kilometres long and winds its way through 17 turns and over a bridge on the grounds of the Everland Resort theme park on the outskirts of the capital Seoul.

Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury: Exclusive motoring at the highest level

Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury. The design of the crossover, based on an exclusive high-end saloon and an SUV, follows the philosophy of Sensual Purity. The show car combines the comfort and typical strengths of both body styles. These include the raised seating position and the athletic looks. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is conceived as an electric vehicle with four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors and fully variable all-wheel drive.

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a totally new archetype of a kind never seen before,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG. “Our concept combines the DNA of an SUV with that of a saloon to produce an ultra-modern SUV of three-box design,” says Wagener. “With sensuality and pure sophistication, we have created a timeless vehicle that underscores the position of Mercedes-Maybach as the ultimate luxury brand.”

Continuing the Mercedes-Maybach success story

The concept vehicle not only embodies the Mercedes-Maybach design language, it also reflects the traditional brand values while continuing the successful Mercedes-Maybach story. True to the principle of creating “the very best from the very best”, Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in luxury while uniting the perfection of Mercedes-Benz with the exclusivity of Maybach.

The show car also merges influences from the Western and Far Eastern hemispheres to deliver an appealing automotive cultural dialogue. For instance, use is made of “Magic Wood”, ebony, which is traditional in Chinese furniture design. The same motif is also underlined by the combination of SUV and notchback saloon, which are the most successful body styles not only internationally, but especially on the Chinese market.

In the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, spaciousness and comfort, in combination with the raised seating position, elegant design and finest materials, particularly in the rear, give rise to a luxury experience at the highest level. The vehicle stands in exemplary manner for the typical Mercedes-Maybach values: traditional craftsmanship, uniqueness and individualisation.

Exterior design: harmony of sensuality and purity

Smooth, extravagant surfaces with no beads or sharp edges create an image of sporty elegance: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury has a majestic look. With its balanced proportions, the vehicle has tremendous presence.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, Auto China 2018

The front end is accentuated by the distinctive chrome-plated radiator grille with its fine vertical bars in the style of a pinstripe suit. The new grille design celebrated its world premiere in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, the exclusive coupé concept car that delighted aficionados and fans of the brand in 2016. It also inspired the latest reinterpretation for the Mercedes-Maybach S‑Class.

In combination with the low-profile front headlamps with three lamp units, the grille dominates the front view of the vehicle while emphasising its brand affiliation. The large air inlets along with the horizontal air inlet with integral chrome blades underline the sportiness of the SUV saloon while lending it a dynamic look. The air inlets are crossed by the brand’s typical honeycomb pattern. A continuous trim strip extends from the split bonnet across the roof through to the rear end.

Unlike a conventional saloon, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury offers a significantly higher, SUV-typical seating position and therefore a sublime driving experience. This addresses the desire of many customers for a feeling of protection and security – a challenge for the designers. Ultimately, the task was to harmoniously transfer the familiar three-box design – bonnet, passenger compartment and boot – to an SUV-like architecture. This produces an interesting tension between the poles of sportiness and Mercedes-Maybach luxury.

The upright C-pillar, long, gently forward-sloping bonnet and compact notchback dominate the sportily elegant side view. The muscular volume of the flank is accentuated by a long wheelbase and short rear overhangs. The overall appearance is rounded off by 24‑i nch turbine-look wheels.

Truncated running boards in machined aluminium are integrated in the lower door area. They are illuminated in white and bear the Maybach logo. The overall vehicle is accentuated by subtle chrome trim above the running boards as well as in the lower area of the front and rear ends. The electrically extending door handles are flush with the sides.

At the rear end, the three-part lamps are reminiscent of the design of the front headlamps. Situated above them is the visually vertically split rear window. Another striking feature is the modelled underride guard with diffuser look. It, too, is permeated by the Maybach pattern from the front end.

Sublimeness meets lightness: interior design

The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury features an exciting contrast between high-level sportiness and luxurious spaciousness. This show car is the ultimate embodiment of a luxury dream automobile. The goal of the interior designers was to provide echoes of the series-produced vehicles while, however, transporting them into an unprecedented world of luxury. They created a symbiosis of sportiness, modernity and elegance, giving an idea of coming generations of Mercedes-Maybach models.

Exclusive materials with high-grade highlights exude exquisite quality in the interior, thereby underlining the vehicle’s superlative luxury. The generous feeling of spaciousness, together with the high-contrast colour compositions, make for a hitherto unattained luxury experience. The colours employed are typical of the brand, such as rosé gold, crystal white and pearl grey. Flowing forms, delicate fabrics and aluminium parts create an exciting contrast between the sportily elegant details of an SUV and the lightness of a saloon.

As the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is intended primarily for chauffeur-driven use, its design is strongly focused on the rear passengers and their well-being. It is in the rear that the feeling of cosy spaciousness is at its most intense.

The driver’s area and cockpit are reduced to the essentials. Air vents, which reflect the design of the radiator grille, surround the free-standing Widescreen Cockpit with double 12.3‑inch displays. The feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced by a light, contrasting bottom part of the instrument panel as well as by the reduced height of the dashboard. Overall, the interior creates an atmosphere of luxurious cosiness that allows the occupants to relax pleasantly. To emphasise the visual lightness, the rosé gold frame of the front seats is open, exposing the white leather to view. The colour/material scheme celebrates the superlative luxury of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach with exquisite materials and breathtaking surfaces.

The luxurious lightness of the interior is emphasised by the colours crystal white, finest nappa leather and a sensual shade of brown that features a light metallic finish on the instrument panel. Gleaming surfaces in polished aluminium generate exciting reflections while mirroring the highlight: the rosé gold-coated seats. The claim to the ultimate in luxury goes hand-in-hand with extreme technical challenges. For instance, the intense Mercedes-Maybach signature red metallic finish is applied by expert hand in several coats. Tradition and modernity are reflected in the form of appealing contrasts. The entire interior is surrounded by a large-area trim level. Dark ebony forms an exciting contrast with the surrounding areas of white leather. Wave-like, flowing lines of light are integrated flush into the wood surfaces, impressively uniting the analogue and digital worlds. The tailored seat upholstery layouts take up the lines of the trim while giving a reinterpretation to the typical diamond shape. The fine perforations are in rosé gold. Thought through down to the smallest detail, crafted with love and affection.

Modelled on the S-Class

As in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the especially comfortable seats impress with their adjustment kinematics. Unlike in a conventional saloon, the backrest is adjusted separately while the footwell and seat reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be adjusted separately, while the seat angle and height adjustment are combined. Extra-soft knee cushions afford protection and comfort. The reclining seats feature a calf support, which is freely adjustable for length and angle. The crystal white nappa leather seats are enhanced by diamond stitching in rosé gold.

The wide centre console extends through to the rear. It is equipped with an integral, heated tray with teapot and cups, allowing exquisite tea-drinking enjoyment while on the road. The philosophy of tea plays a key role in bringing body and mind into balance while discovering the path to inner calm and vitality.

The tea service is integrated into a sculpted wooden tray made of ebony, known as “Magic Wood”. At the press of a button, the handmade service of finest china can be electrically retracted into the console under a sliding cover finished in high-gloss black.

Enhanced user experience at the highest level

The Mercedes-Benz user experience, too, represents the definitive embodiment of a luxury dream car. The design language is warmer and brighter, creating a luxurious atmosphere. The car was created entirely in a 3D real-time graphic environment. Like a butler, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury acts with anticipation, instead of offering long menus and lists. The vehicle plays music to match the current mood, knows the appointment calendar and plans the routes accordingly. In the rear, various flavours of tea and relaxation programmes are on offer, depending on who the rear passenger is.

The familiar ENERGIZING comfort control has been carried over from the S‑Class. Systems such as massage, fragrancing, light and music are combined, helping to regenerate and improve concentration. This holistic comfort and infotainment system can be individually programmed and adapted for every world market.

The highlight of the Mercedes-Benz user experience in the Vision Mercedes‑Maybach Ultimate Luxury is the comprehensive touch control concept – a combination of touchscreen, touchpad on the centre console and Touch Control buttons in the steering wheel. Alongside the intuitive control experience, reduced driver distraction is a further advantage.

The control concept of the free-standing Widescreen Cockpit comprises three levels with rising information density: home screen, base screen and a submenu. The voice control adjusts to the user’s voice and adapts new vogue words or changed use of language. In addition, the system does not employ stereotypical responses, but uses interactive variation.

On the aesthetic front, it is based on the traditional Chinese ink painting style with its simplicity, white surfaces and balanced proportions.

State-of-the-art powertrain and suspension technology

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is conceived as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent-magnet synchronous motors, it offers fully variable all-wheel drive. The output from the powertrain is 550 kW (750 hp). The flat underfloor battery has a usable capacity of around 80 kWh, producing an NEDC range of over 500 kilometres (according to EPA: over 200 miles). The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The fast-charging function is also convenient: thanks to DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes, enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometres.

The battery can be charged by cable at public charging stations, conventional domestic socket outlets or, even more conveniently, by induction. The charging current is contactlessly transmitted by an electromagnetic field below the car.

An eye on the future: visionary show cars

With its generous dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury (length/width/height: 5260 x 2110 x 1764 millimetres) represents a continuation of the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. The series so far includes the Vision EnerG‑Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013), Vision Tokyo (Tokyo, 2015), Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé (Pebble Beach, 2016) and Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (Pebble Beach, 2017). Thanks to the global footprint of Mercedes-Benz Design, these concept vehicles take their cue from local trends in design, culture and mobility while making them the focal point of the respective mobility concept.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Story 2018

Palm Springs in California provided the framework for the presentation of the second chapter in the Mercedes-Benz #WeWonder manifesto with the model Slick Woods and her theme of “Youth”. Slick Woods and other opinion leaders came together on Saturday, 14 April for discussions and to experience the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ live.

“What if I told you that you define beauty?” This is the question Slick Woods asked her followers at the beginning of their discourse for the #WeWonder manifesto in February this year. From there the subject of Youth was explored further in Palm Springs, as a motivation for challenging design to be a form of self-expression for your style and your personal values. Woods’ vision for the future: confidently asserting your own personality, even if this breaks with convention. She herself is the best example of this approach. With her numerous tattoos, shaved head and the prominent gap between her two front teeth, she breaks all the rules of beauty as postulated in the fashion world. As a representative of a new generation of free-thinkers who are not shy of breaking barriers, she has made a career of her individuality as a model, is booked by major fashion houses and is now a role model for many women.

In Palm Springs, “Slick Woods Unplugged” provided an authentic picture of what young opinion-leaders expect of the future, and in what direction their style is developing. Woods discussed youth in fashion and music, and how she imagines the mobility of the future, with the fashion journalist Caroline Issa from TANK magazine and the up-and-coming musicians Lion Babe and SOSUPERSAM. In this collaborative discussion the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ was also a central topic. “I chose to focus on Youth but don’t get it twisted. I don’t just mean the young, I mean the spirit and attitude of youthful rebellion. Challenging what’s come before, so we can move forward. We want fashion & design that represents our personalities and the future that we want to see; EQ represents that future: sustainable and connected.”

The participants were able to experience this new, fully electric form of mobility for themselves during exclusive test drives in the Californian desert.

Inspired by the intensive exchange of views on new topics, the live performances and DJ set of Lion Babe and SOSUPERSAM and the EQ experience, participants then recorded their impressions and emotions on a glass creative wall. The result was a collation of statements, sketches and ideas that reflect thoughts behind the #WeWonder manifesto – which brings creative progressive thinkers from a wide range of sectors together for a visionary dialogue.

The #WeWonder Fashion Story

At #WeWonder, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Story brings seven international visionaries together who innovatively and inspiringly explore the potentials of the future together. A future for which Mercedes-Benz is following a comprehensive concept within the EQ brand family, which also includes the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ. The #mbcollective Fashion Story brings Slick Woods together with the social activist Kimberly Drew, designersCarol Lim and Humberto Leon (opening ceremony), the artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma and the musician Solange Knowles. These global visionaries from different sectors jointly develop a vision driven by confidence, inspiration and creativity. Each of these visionaries conducts a discourse on a provocative and at the same time essential topic.

The #WeWonder-manifesto

Nobody knows how exactly the future will develop, but fashion has its ways of formulating important questions concerning our dealings with each other. So how will the fashion world as a whole respond to this future and the future of mobility? How can fashion create a platform to explore our potential? The #WeWonder manifesto will use numerous digital channels (@MercedesBenzFashion on Instagram) to communicate with the numerous voices in the fashion world and examine this question.

CASE stands for the future of mobility: (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric). It makes the vehicle a third living space alongside the home and work, one which we can shape as we wish thanks to the time newly saved. But what does this mean with reference to the fashion world? The journey to work could be redefined, for example as the time of the morning when we get dressed, i.e. the self-driving car of the future could be transformed into a mobile dressing room. The time thus saved would give us unlimited potential possibilities.

The #WeWonder electrostars: four Mercedes-Benz components, one vision

Just as clothing acts as a means of self-presentation and trends embody the cultural peculiarities of an era, the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ will define mobility in the rapidly evolving digital age. As a sporty SUV crossover, the Concept EQ has e-aesthetics of its own, which it combines with the Mercedes‑Benz brand values of intelligence and emotion. The Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid models form an important bridge on the way to electric mobility. The current plug-in hybrid models are marketed as Mercedes-Benz EQ Power: from the C-Class to SUV models. The fully electric smart vision EQ fortwo embodies a new vision of urban mobility and of individualised, highly flexible and ultra-efficient urban public transport with its carsharing concept. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are looking into a future characterised by the potential of shared use, sustainability and networked mobility.

Getting the right tone

(EN): Stylish Statement – 9:11 Magazine, Episode 1, Chapter 2 from Porsche AG on Vimeo.

 

With Porsche, life is not just fast but colourful, too – hardly any other car manufacturer has shown as much confidence with colour. And the chameleon-like quality of the 911 has also spread to other models.

In short, the 911 simply looks good in everything. Whether pure white, refined black or strident yellow. Cheeky orange or rich green, blazing red or dignified blue. Even coffee brown suits it – the sportscar model is a perfect fashion model, made for the car catwalk. Never does it look embarrassing; nothing seems unsuitable. On the contrary, particularly bold colours make a statement which should always reflect the driver’s self-confidence. Often it is just those paint finishes that generate the most passionate discussion, that later exude a certain charm and are in hot demand with collectors. Which means: If you discover a colourful gem on these pages, there is only thing one for it: buy!

Every time and every generation has its colours. Hardly any other motor vehicle reflects this maxim so enduringly as the 911. In this respect it is a clear trendsetter. Like a first-born child, it has fought for its rights – the freedom to wear unconventional paint colours – and then passed them on to its younger sibling models like the 944 and 928, which now enjoy such colours as a matter of course.