This week’s In-Depth department presents an update on the numerous natural materials popping up in the automotive design studio, trying to be the new alternative to leather in response to environmental and ethical concerns. Beyond this specific societal issue, it renews the importance of color and materials in automotive design, especially for the interior. So it’s a double-feature task: create new materials and surfaces with new textures; finishes, and haptics, while eliminating everything of animal origin.
Our popular Design Lounge department has been on hiatus since last November on account of the death of Nick Xeromeritis, our friend and design expert (see DVN Interior 2 December 2021). Now, the Design Lounge is back with Rob Miller. He joins the team with a backdrop of design, innovation and creativity being embedded in every detail of the car interior, to create unique user interaction and experience. Watch for Rob’s insights every other week in your DVN-I Newsletter. Your feedback is welcome, of course, and the upcoming DVN-I Workshop in Köln on 25-26 April is the best place to discuss it all together. Not registered yet? Get on board!
We hope to see you all there. In the meantime, we’re glad you’re here!