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Brief Published: 10 Apr 2013

Milan 2013: Renault Twin’Z Concept Car


French automaker Renault has unveiled a new concept car based on the idea of play at this year’s Milan Design Week. The Twin’Z, made in collaboration with British designer Ross Lovegrove, is the fifth concept car to emerge from Renault’s ‘flower’ design programme.

The five-door electric city car is illuminated by LEDs extending from the rear bumper to the roof, which generate fluctuating light patterns across the bodywork. Inside, a single touchscreen tablet replaces the conventional dashboard. The central pillar has been removed to open up the cabin space.

This pared-back aesthetic masks the Twin’Z’s intelligent design. High-end technology is used throughout, with inbuilt video cameras replacing door mirrors and touch-sensitive buttons functioning as door handles.

Lovegrove is renowned for his use of biomorphic forms in design, and nature’s influence is clear in the Twin’Z. Milled bi-colour lines create a path of light around the vehicle’s cabin, while the 3D-printed wheels are based on intelligent growth structures from nature.

“Mechanical ‘hard' aesthetics are making way for the biological principles of ‘soft’ aesthetics,” Lovegrove said in a statement.

Biomimicry is becoming a key design discussion, as noted in Biological Blueprints and Biomimicry in Design. Growing numbers of big brands are looking to nature’s systems and internal technologies to spur innovation.

Look out for further Stylus coverage of Milan Design Week coming soon. For instant updates, follow the hashtag #StylusMilan13 on Twitter.