LA Design Challenge 2011

Six concept cars channel Hollywood for design inspiration

As part of the eighth annual Design Los Angeles automobile designer’s conference, this year’s Design Challenge tasked six studios from Germany, Japan and the U.S. to design “Hollywood’s Hottest New Movie Car.” Each team—Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart—presented their idea through sketches, renderings, models and even mock movie trailers. As a holistic design challenge—centered around but not exclusive to automotive concept—the competition judged …

Prague Taxi Concept

HJC Design's innovative concept aims to connect the city through its rich architectural heritage

Designed to embody Prague’s renowned architectural past in a decidedly modern silhouette, the new Prague taxi concept offers a look at the possible future of city transportation inspired by its historical tram network. The creative concept, dubbed Praha, was done by U.K.-based product design and manufacture consultancy HJC Design, known for combining innovative technology and striking aesthetics. Technologically speaking, the unique taxi concept features high-intensity …

Creating the Cadillac Ciel’s Wood Interior

Our exclusive look at how a 300 year old tree became a key element in Cadillac's ultra-luxurious concept car

The Ciel is Cadillac’s latest attempt to reinvigorate the company’s heritage of American luxury—reflected both in its attention to detail and its desire to explore the journey of traveling by automobile. One of the concept car’s most striking elements is the solid olive wood used inside the passenger cabin. When talking to the car’s design team we learned about the extensive process they went through …