The San Francisco Municipal Railway, better known simply as “Muni”, is San Francisco’s main form of public transportation, starting operation in 1912. It’s omnipresence in SF is both a blessing and a curse. It’s seen everywhere but the mark is dated and looks like it was created back in the 1970’s (not in the good way). That’s where D. Kim and Mirtho Prepont come in, offering up a smart rethink of the iconic mark.
It’s said that “form follows function, but both report to emotion.” This statement could not be more appropriate in describing the automobile. One auction (turned exhibit), “Art of the Automobile,” presented by RM Auctions, celebrates the masters of vehicular design and the marks they’ve made on its history. Featuring over 30 cars, it’s on show at New York’s Sotheby’s galleries and is the first high-profile automotive auction that the city has seen in over a decade. To me, there’re many reasons why “Art of the Automobile” already stands out as one of the must-see exhibits to check out in NYC this year.
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I don’t know much (nothing, really) about motorcycles, so I don’t post about them often, but this “72 Mono Racer” from Loaded Gun Customs is too cool looking to not write about. What I love about this bike is the heavy use of white detailing, which pairs so beautifully with the chrome. Most of the time I think of motorcycles as bad ass hogs that are grimy and tough, but the 72 Mono Racer looks like a modernist piece of design. My favorite part is the all white exhaust system, which you can see below, which really helps to unite the whole bike.
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When it comes to posting about cars on TFIB, I tend to like ’em weird. The last car I wrote about was Renault’s Twin’Z Concept car, which looks like some kind of a light up sea creature. Now I’m writing about the ME.WE, an electric car concept designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Toyota.
I tend not to post about cars very often, but when I do they’re usually pretty forward thinking and a bit out there. More cars on the road are kind of boring, though I do think we’re starting to see some interesting shapes from Nissan and Kia. Renault (who now owns a 43% in Nissan, funny enough) could also be added to that list. The vehicle above is the Renault Twin’Z concept, designed by Ross Lovegrove as a part of Renault’s Cycle of Life project.
Lovegrove, a veteran of the design industry, is known for his biologically inspired work (his work in lighting is a good example of this), creating objects that feel… natural. He’s taken this distinct style and brought it to the Twin’Z and I think it’s totally brilliant.
How important is atmosphere in a restaurant? It’s pretty important for most folks, but designers and architects may pay special attention to the quality of the details: the light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, the acoustics, the type on the menu– stuff like that. So how do you evaluate design when you’re eating from a food truck? We may get a few clues from the Del Popolo food truck. Instead of an immersive environment, we have a mobile fragment that collapses the work of an entire restaurant kitchen into the space of a rental truck.
It’s a hefty truck, though, weighting some fourteen tons as it climbs up and brakes down the hills of San Francisco. Part of the weight comes from the enormous, wood-burning oven bolted into the back of the repurposed shipping container. The oven is nicely framed by the black steel windows that unfold, opening the side of the truck to customers and the surroundings. And just like in a restaurant, the details here are telling: the wood for the oven, the black steel, and the type stuck on the window create an atmosphere around the truck even as its surroundings change.
Earlier this week New York based designer Daniel Blackman relaunched his portfolio with new work and it’s looking great. One of my favorite projects that he posted was a series of posters he created for Rivendell Bicycle Works, a bike shop in Walnut Creek. The posters have two functions: To inform customers about the different styles of bikes they have as well as providing them with some sweet swag to take home if they do buy a bike.
I love these posters because of their bold imagery and their use of type. The imagery definitely does a great job of describing the bikes, like the Sam Hillborne which is a tough country bike, so of course you could venture into space and explore. I’d totally put one of these on my wall, wouldn’t you?
Not satisfied with winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year 2013, Tesla is already on the move with their next innovation. Dubbed the Model X, this is Tesla’s take on the SUV, but it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Like the Model S and the Roadster before it the Model X is fully electric yet can go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds.
The most distinctive design feature has to be the Falcon Wing doors which are pretty remarkable. Unlike gull wing doors which simply open upward, Falcon Wings bend while they open up, allowing them to open in the most narrow of spaces. While some might view this as gimmick the doors allow occupants to step into the car, rather than climb in. It’s the extra space that it allows which make the doors valuable.
You can see a bit more of the Model X in the video below. If you’re interested it’s definitely cool to see how it actually moves and seeing how people interact with the vehicle. I’m looking forward to seeing these on the road.