Polestar Design Contest winners put forward concepts of future life with an EV
A modern treehouse, a 21-century garage and an air filter car that cleans the environment as it drives were highlighted by the Swedish car brand.
By ERIK SEDIN
November 10, 2021
Following up on the annual competition’s debut last year, Polestar has now announced the three winners of this year’s global Design Contest. The contest, which encouraged both professional and student designers to apply, had hundreds of entries depicting the theme of ”progressions” which interestingly enough did not need to revolve around a car. Instead, Polestar wanted the designers to embody the spirit of Polestar and how design can be a driving force for positive change.
For the professional category, French designer David Vultaggio took first place with his “H_UB” design concept — a new garage concept for the mid-21st century, featuring a combination of a brand experience centre and a place to be whilst charging your polestar vehicle.
The student category has been won by Mingwei Liu from China with his “Glad to be dirty” design — a car that cleans the environment as it drives along. With the help of onboard and externally visible air filters, as well as a core side panel that displays dirty air filters progression, the car makes the driver feel proud to be driving a ”dirty car.”
The honourable mention prices went to Kristian Talvitie of Finland for his “‘KOJA’” architectural idea. Talvitie’s treehouse has a panoramic glazed facade and minimises ecological impact with a space-efficient, low resource-intensity design. It aims to encourage positive change in society, and reduce travel by visiting nature in local forests.
All three winning designers will receive a trophy and a trip to Polestar headquarters in Sweden to test-drive Polestar 1 and 2, and receive a computer and tablet.
— It was both inspirational and humbling to interact with so much emerging and experienced talent. We saw the designs evolve from creative sketches to 3D models, and show that the design world is a melting pot of exceptional individuals, says Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s Head of Design.