Smart’s Forease Concept Car

Design Director Kai Sieber shares the emotion in smart's new design language

Smart, the brand known primarily for its functionality and rationality, is embracing its personality through design. The Forease concept car—just-announced at the Paris Motor Show—is decreasing the distance between the vehicle and the world around it. For starters, the Forease operates on an entirely electric powertrain. Its abbreviated windshield and roofless cabin invite the environment in, and the yellow is a nod to the original smart …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Swimming pools, fireworks, Dragon drones and more in our look around the web

1. University of Tokyo’s Dragon Drone Transforms While Midair Calling the University of Tokyo’s new drone the Dragon doesn’t just reference its form, the name is also an acronym short for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” Composed of several small drones, powered by a pair of ducted fans that can thrust in almost any direction, the high-flyer can autonomously …

Iris van Herpen + Studio Drift Slow Time in Paris

For her newest collection, Iris van Herpen wanted to “slow down the movement of a fabric” and the result—as with all her pieces—is true artistry. Along with this time-lapse concept, the collection evokes avian motion—combining to create architectural pieces that are truly mesmerizing. At the presentation in Paris, van Herpen joined with Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift whose piece “In 20 Steps” …

Joshua Vides’ Glowing DC Shoes Installation

Evoking the world of “Tron” with its geometric, fluorescent architecture, American artist Joshua Vides’ “Reality to Idea” exhibition debuted during Paris Fashion Week, in the underground creative studio of DC Shoes. Within the installation, Vides revealed several sneakers that he’d modified himself with markers. One of the most famous silhouettes from the brand, the E. TRIBEKA, recently returned with plenty of fanfare, so from the …

éclectic Founder + Designer Franck Malègue’s Unparalleled Vision for Outerwear

Future-forward fabrics, classic silhouettes, Parisian elegance and a forthcoming NYC flagship

A step inside éclectic‘s rue Charlot flagship in the third arrondissement of Paris doesn’t immediately reveal the brand’s secrets. Impeccable organization showcases concise collections of outerwear, sweaters and sports coats. Only with an item in-hand do the details come forward. There are no other fabrics in these categories that look and feel the way éclectic’s do. Hand-tailoring and refined details manifest on materials that seem …