Luxury Car Design: It’s All in the Details – Highlighting the impact design has on cars like the glamorous details in the Hyundai G80 jeweled lights and all
When you think about design, what comes to mind? Interior decorating? Architecture? Jewelry? Fashion? Art? Baking – think French pastry? Well, how about the design of a vehicle? After all, design is all about shapes, curves, color, lighting, ambience, energy, imagery, feeling and materials. The details of what make up a space or item.
These first photos are from Klairmont Kollection, a Chicago auto museum. No matter the age of the vehicle, the details are there.
I’ve been sharing my experiences working with Chicago’s LuxeHome boutiques and how the intricacies of each element of design makes a difference in the final product. It’s a fascinating lesson in making your house a home. A true representation of your taste.
So, why should your vehicle be any less than your home in terms of reflecting your personal style? I had the opportunity recently to explore this concept as I attended the Chicago Auto Show with an organization called She Buys Cars. As much as I would like to say I could talk about and understand the “under the hood” conversations (other than how fast a car is), that just isn’t me. But what I do very much like and admire is how a car looks. The design factor.As I walked the show, listening to and learning from the brands, it was at Hyundai that I was entranced by the brand’s approach to how they built their vehicles. The details were extensive. The word I kept thinking as I looked at the interior and exterior of the car was glamour. Luxury was obvious. The finishing touches like the addition of the brushed metal frame of the mirror.
The lighting on this G80 series were not just bulbs that illuminated but sparkling like diamonds. Just look at this:
Side mirrors with imagery as you approach your destination illuminating the Genesis logo.
Leather seating in a car is not new. But look at this stitching. Intricate. Detailed. It’s a pattern meant to be seen. It’s deliberate. And beautiful.
The other design element of these seats is the ability for them to not only heat up for comfort in the winter but to also stay cool in the depth of summer. Air flow throughout assures you of a comfortable ride in a way that has nothing to do with tires.
From a comfort standpoint, the seats recline. Front AND back. In other words, you are welcome to stretch out for the ride.
There is a clock in the car. Big deal, right? All cars have them. Look at this clock. It’s elegant. Like a Rolex. Analog. Clean and timeless.
When you think of jewelry or to narrow it down even more, to a brooch or pin, it’s like a piece of art. Whether all metal or stones, it’s woven together to create a look or story. It may showcase a decade or a family history. Like the grill of the Hyundai G90. Perfectly aligned lines, sparkling “diamonds” for the lighting, and a medallion highlighting the brand or artist’s signature.
There is no question that the dashboard, navigation center and options are extensive and thoughtfully designed.
While the purpose of this post is to highlight how interior design has expanded its reach into our vehicles, there is no mistaking the ambience and ride of this G90. It grips the road like a sports car although the ride is ultra smooth. The drive experience meshes these sensations beautifully. Power in the start, comfort in the driver’s seat – a challenge when you are a smaller person, reclining seats for your passengers that makes long drives enjoyable, a sense of security in the ability to anticipate and thus react to your surroundings whether other vehicles and drivers or weather related. The Hyundai G90 was a pleasure to drive with design elements that showcase how glamour makes itself known in a vehicle’s design. If you are in the market, I highly suggest you look into this series. There are many reasons why the G90 will wow you including the sparkling “diamonds”!
I am a car fanatic and never thought of the details aspect you are mentioning. I focus on the engine. Thanks for opening my eyes.
That’s how I like to shop for cars. My husband thinks I am crazy so I showed him this post to prove I am not the only one who likes the lighting.
I schedule time off work every year for the auto show. Your point is a good one as we have been noticing how the brands have their own style of interiors and exteriors that are more than just car lights. Keep up the observations.