van eijk + van der lubbe explore the future of driving with mirrored car concept for volvo
van eijk + van der lubbe explore the future of driving with mirrored car concept for volvo
oct 20, 2015

van eijk + van der lubbe explore the future of driving with mirrored car concept for volvo

van eijk + van der lubbe explore the future of driving with mirrored car concept for volvo
images by lisa klappe




swedish car company volvo has continued their exploration into the future of driving with their collaboration with dutch design studio van eijk & van der lubbe. during dutch design week 2015, the designer duo has unveiled ‘outward-looking’ – a concept car formed by a series of stacked, mirrored prisms that reference architecture and the environment.

the interior allows the user to lie back and look upwards




exhibited at the klokgebouw building along with volvo’s other design collaborations, the mirrored design has been developed to focus not on the vehicle itself, but how the driver experiences the environment which they’re in; hence the reflective exterior which fully immerses the user with all round views of their surroundings.


read more of designboom’s coverage of dutch design week here.
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  • It says in the article:

    “hence the reflective exterior which fully immerses the user with all round views of their surroundings.”

    No, it doesn’t. On all the renderings you can clearly see that there are just small windows and not all-round views, which would be the only reason really to justify the mirror-like exterior.

    I dont know why on earth Volvo is putting ANY money into this. It seems like a concept about as deep as a puddle. So this is not about “a car”, but about a space you are in while on the go. So you choose the most ridiculous combination of the worst ideas for anything moving on a road. A load of boxes that look like coffins with mirrors stuck to the side, so that its near impossible for anyone also using a road to see it. It has sharp edges and corners, doesn’t have wheels, you cant look out the front and it looks really uncomfortable. Well done, studio van eijk & van der lubbe, you should call yourselfs artists, not designers!

    The amount of money being plowed into concepts about self-driving cars is way too high.

    Armin says:
  • zoom zoom

    dbkii says:
  • The folclore around modernist decadence, fetichist rituals and new-new age is growing to levels that should be making us all worry. The speech repeats itself again and again: it’s kinda cooll, new, it questions the established notion of something or, the greatest argument in the métier, it’s interestind and… different. Plain, sad folclore.

    Vasco says:

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