Polestar announces the winners of the Design Contest 2021

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The Swedish brand, led by the designer Thomas Ingenlath, chose ‘progressive’ as this year’s theme.

A unique feature of the global Polestar Design Contest is individual coaching and support from the Polestar Design team.

Participants first presented the sketches, which were evaluated by design manager Maximilian Missoni and a jury of Polestar designers. The finalists were then invited to distance coaching and orientation sessions to help develop their ideas.

The winners

Professional category

The winner of the professional category is David Vultaggio from France with its design concept “H_UB” – a new garage concept for the mid-21stns century, featuring a combination of a brand experience center and a place to stay while charging a vehicle.

H UB design concept by David Vultaggio Polestar Design Contest 2021

The design involved a Polestar hydrogen seaplane, a Polestar electric bicycle and the Polestar Precept announced in 2020.

“H_UB” recognizes that automotive brands are moving away from the simple design and construction of vehicles to offer a complete ecosystem of mobility solutions and different ways to access energy.

H UB design concept by David Vultaggio Polestar Design Contest 2021

Real examples of this include last year’s Polestar collaborations, such as Re: Move, a last-mile delivery solution, and Makka – Polestar Edition, an electric motorcycle developed jointly with the Swedish electric motorcycle company CAKE.

Student category

Glad to be Dirty design concept by Mingwei Liu Polestar Design Contest 2021

The student category was won by Mingwei Liu from China with its “Glad to be dirty” project, a car that fights local pollution with on-board air filters visible from the outside.

Glad to be Dirty design concept by Mingwei Liu Polestar Design Contest 2021

The vehicle is a small and simple geometric car with an architectural interpretation of the Polestar design vocabulary. It has a central side panel that shows the progressively dirty air filter, showing how much the car has cleaned the environment while driving. Allows the user to feel proud of driving a “dirty car”.

Glad to be Dirty design concept by Mingwei Liu Polestar Design Contest 2021

This design encourages people to embrace the air cleaning process, making a difference to the quality of their shared environment.

An honorable mention goes to Kristian Talvitie of Finland for his architectural idea “’KOJA’”. KOJA is housed in a canopy of trees that offers a rich and engaging experience in a natural setting.

KOJA Architectural concept by Kristian Talvitie Polestar Design Contest 2021

This makes it more accessible for people who would otherwise need to travel far to experience the wilderness.

KOJA Architectural concept by Kristian Talvitie Polestar Design Contest 2021

The design maximizes a treetop view with a panoramic glass facade and minimizes the ecological footprint with a space-efficient, resource-intensive design. It aims to encourage positive change in society by helping to reduce travel.

Information on the competition brief

The winning projects can be viewed virtually via a car app in Polestar 2, developed exclusively for the competition, on the Polestar websiteand in person in selected Polestar Spaces around the world.

The design vision was not to be a car, but it was to embody the spirit of Polestar and demonstrate that design can be the driving force for positive change. “It has been both inspiring and humbling to interact with so many emerging and experienced talent. We have seen designs evolve from creative sketches to 3D models and show that the world of design is a melting pot of exceptional individuals “ He says Massimiliano Missoni, Head of Design of Polestar.

Hundreds of submissions were received from a truly international mix of designers. The ideas were far-reaching and included buildings, planes, automobiles, driverless delivery vehicles and electric bicycles. These were narrowed down to a shortlist of 10, from which the overall winners were chosen.

Juan-Pablo Bernal, Senior Design Manager for Polestar, curator of the Instagram account @polestardesigncommunity and founder of the contest commented: “Designing for progress – where that could mean creating something that somehow advances society – has always been more of a challenge than greater part of the competitions. I am amazed at how creative the answers to the letter have been ”.

Winning designs in each category will come to life as 1: 5 scale models and an exhibition will then visit Polestar Spaces around the world. Winners will receive a trophy and a trip to Polestar’s headquarters in Sweden to see both the brand and the cars up close, as well as the test cars at the Hällered test fields. To support their continued development as a designer, they will also receive a computer and a tablet.

(Image Courtesy: Polestar for Car Body Design)

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