eleve by allen zadeh renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
eleve by allen zadeh   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry eleve by allen zadeh   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
jul 11, 2011

eleve by allen zadeh renault 4 ever shortlisted entry

 ‘renault eleve,’ redesign concept by allen zadeh



american designer allen zadeh has created ‘renault eleve’ as a redesign concept for the renault 4. while capturing the vehicle’s iconic style, this model converts it into a versatile cabrio with multiple possible configurations, introducing interactivity to appeal to a younger demographic. the concept is one of fifty projects shortlisted from over 3200 designs from 92 countries in designboom’s recent RENAULT 4 EVER competition, which asked participants to redesign the renault 4 with an eye towards historical lineage, contemporary aesthetics, and sustainable design.

named after the french word for ‘student’, ‘eleve’ is designed for flexibility, featuring exchangeable exterior panels and an easily modifiable construction. making use of technological and ecological innovations, the vehicle’s exterior panels are made of natural composites, and all interior parts are likewise made out of recycled textiles.



 3/4 back view, with the moon roof open



side, rear, aerial, and 3/4 back views with the roof both open and closed



side, 3/4 interior, and 3/4 front views with the top fully down



various interior views



this article is one in a series of features on the shortlisted entries of the RENAULT 4 EVER competition. renault is proud of the work submitted to the competition and extends sincere thanks to all of its participants. the jury has still not made its final decision on the winning entry, but the results will be published to designboom at the end of july.

  • i like it! nice work!

    Alejo says:
  • fantastic

    massimo mini I designboom says:
  • NICE!!

    paul says:
  • Absolutely Fab !

    archic says:
  • I like so much! simply beautiful

    ison says:
  • marc newson

    gimmy says:
  • Why is db deleting comments regarding the R4 competition? Diversity of opinion has made this forum great and censoring it only limits the participating designer’s ability to gain insight that only constructive criticism can provide. As designers we cannot just welcome the pat-on-the-back comments but we should also be open to listen to those who may uncover flaws on our ideas, thus, enabling the designer to re-evaluate a proposal and refine it. Design is a collaborative process, we design for the world at large not just for other designers or ourselves otherwise it would be fine arts.

    Dave says:
  • I’m picturing Peter Sellers driving it

    dbkii says:
  • dave,

    designboom deletes comments that are off topic, including in this case generalizations
    about the competition results (as the results have still not been made public),
    as well as comments that denigrate the designer. we share your opinion on the value
    of a community forum, and we do not delete constructive comments or criticism
    voiced about a work or concept, for the reasons that you have well stated above.

    designboom says:
  • The work is painstaking and very faithful to the iconic R4L, but one can dare more futuristic style and less “retrô” , without losing the DNA. In a time when the trend is quite futuristic, mainly because of the introduction of the electric car on the market, I imagine that the winning design will tend more to the brand new Frendzy than for the Eleve 4.
    Congratulations Mr. Allen Zadeh by your successful effort and by the fidelity to the model.

    Sergius says:
  • I like some of the practical ideas of this entry, the removable roof is great, the interior is smart and the exterior has some neat touches.

    The proportions are way off, which makes it look weird and lacks elegance, especially in the back.

    But like in the first shortlisted shown yesterday, the quality is poor in terms of presentation and modelling.

    Still, a good work and congrats on the entry, althougth, I´m still disappointed on the quality presented so far.

    What? says:
  • I don’t see much structural evidence of modern safety features which are essential for legal approval in most countries and cannot be overlooked even in the design concept phase because they are so fundamental. Does the design have crumple zones fore and aft, offset frontal collision counter measures, resistance to side collisions, rollover protection, etc.

    Tom P says:
  • As also described i missed the totaly new view of the things and the theoretical practical transformation. The engine seems to be not a theme – and that when the circularsystem was the total theme for all. For me, it seems that only the optic and the rendering is interesting and not new ideas behind the project. Sorry, but i´am angry about that… only optic, no new ideas.

    Konrad says:
  • For the first time that I participate in a design competition and want to know when one is preselected, you will be notified your Hotmail account or that I have in desigboom?

    ED-BE says:
  • Reminds me of the [url=http://www.psfk.com/2009/05/ford-021c-ten-years-too-early.html]Ford 021c concept car[/url].

    The Ford 021c says:
  • Im disappointed in the entries shown so far because im seeing the R4 rehashed rather than the spirit captured into a new design. If the cars are so similar to the original, why not just restart production? In this entry the interior doesnt blend with the exterior and the proportions give one an unsteady feeling like the front is about to separate from the rear.

    charles says:
  • this one is my favorit, very bravely!

    Timur says:
  • My favorite!! Being French and having seen Renault 4 all my life, this car really looks like something I would see in the street today. Looks stylish!! and captures the original 4L looks= I want one!

    Chloe says:
  • Best for me by far – looks like a fun car to own 🙂
    I think too many of these competitions are judged on an entrant’s rendering ability rather than on their understanding and interpretation of the brief.

    Lombax says:

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