Interview: Luc Donckerwolke + SangYup Lee, Head of Design at Hyundai and Genesis

Insight on the development of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV and the brand as a whole

Earlier this year, we sat down with SungYup Lee (now the head of design at Hyundai and Genesis, formerly the design head at the latter) and Luc Donckerwolke (then the chief design officer of Hyundai Motor Group, which also includes Kia, who recently left the company). The two longtime friends have worked together at multiple manufacturers over the years and shared an office at the …

Maria Cornejo Transforms Hyundai Factory Waste Into Sculptural Garments

The newly appointed CFDA board member takes her ethical design process a step further

Sustainability is one of the fashion industry’s most abused words. Much like “edgy” in the early aughts or “journey” circa 2013, it often amounts to little more than a PR-spin on minimal effort. For Maria Cornejo—the veteran Chilean-American designer who was recently appointed to the board of the CFDA—sustainability is about clearly defined imperatives. Measurable metrics including levels of dye toxicity, carbon footprint, water usage …

Hyundai’s Walking Concept Car, Elevate

Designed as a first responder for natural disasters, automaker Hyundai’s Elevate concept car sets wheels on robotic legs that can stretch to walk or climb across challenging terrain. Unveiled at CES (as a small toy-like model), the vehicle’s “active suspension” employs an electric actuator technology, allowing the leg architecture freedom of movement in six directions. Further, the modular passenger unit opens in all four directions. Read …