Munich/London. The MINI STRIP (co-)created by Paul
Smith is celebrating a universe premiere in London on 12 Aug 2021.
This custom-made one-off automobile is a product of a partnership between
MINI and Paul Smith announced in Nov 2020, that has resulted in
these dual iconic British brands pity artistic thoughts on
tolerable settlement for a past few months. The MINI STRIP shines the
spotlight on an innovative proceed to a emanate of sustainability in
automotive manufacturing. Guided by a overarching thesis of
‘Simplicity, Transparency, Sustainability’, a automobile showcases
inspirational ideas for a some-more tolerable routine of automotive
design. As a name suggests, a routine began by completely
stripping down a three-door MINI Cooper SE and shortening it to its
constructional essence. Only those elements that a engineer noticed as
positively required were afterwards defined, implemented and put in place –
with sustainability holding a front seat.
“For me, a MINI STRIP shows in an considerable proceed that MINI and Paul
Smith share a same confidant proceed of meditative about a destiny in terms of
creation and settlement – and together we emanate more. Paul asked
essential questions right during a start of a settlement routine with his
non-automotive and therefore uninformed perspective. We are unapproachable to have
grown such a crafty impression matter together.“ explains Oliver
Heilmer, Head of MINI Design.
An outward viewpoint provides an critical source of
MINI has always been receptive to views
from over a universe; they assistance a code to whet a perspective of
itself and of how it approaches challenges. As a engineer with a
passion for bicycles, books and many some-more besides, Paul Smith asked
questions that supposing uninformed new procedure to try over the
obvious. “I’m impossibly beholden for a event to rethink the
iconic MINI,” he says. “I know and adore a existent car, though by
respecting a past and looking to a destiny we have created
something really special. we feel really absolved that a MINI group have
given me a certainty and leisure to consider aside about the
proceed to a settlement of a car. Together we consider we have created
something truly unique, by going behind to basics, shortening things down
and stripping a car.”
The settlement – a ideal imperfection.
jointly-led routine practical a element of limit rebate to
furnish a minimalist, high-class settlement with a uninformed and
radical appeal. Numerous crafty touches award a extraneous of
a three-door MINI Cooper SE with a totally singular aesthetic. Raw
materials are a really counsel partial of a extraneous design. This
meant a physique was left in a unprepared state with no phony paint
applied, though instead usually a skinny film of pure paint to protect
opposite corrosion. Grinding outlines from a bureau have been
consciously left total on a galvanised steel panels to clearly
brand a automobile as a organic intent and strong messenger for
bland life. This intentionally rough-hewn outcome was also dubbed
“the ideal imperfection” by Paul Smith.
The unblushing elocution of the
Sections of a informed MINI black wire are
3D-printed from recycled cosmetic and their elementary element qualities
have been left exposed, like a steel panels. Bicycle enthusiast
Smith – who enjoys rolling adult his sleeves spasmodic and replacing
or modifying particular tools of his highway bikes himself – supposing the
impulse for a manifest screws in a appendage parts, that uncover how
elementary dismantling would be and how simply a automobile could be
reincorporated into a raw-material cycle during a finish of a service
life. The organic and particular front and back apron inserts were
serve done in a 3D copy process, that constructed their
The blanked-off radiator grille of a MINI STRIP and a wheel
covers assistance to revoke drag in hallmark electric automobile fashion, thereby
augmenting a fanciful range. The grille trim and aerodynamic
covers on a wheels are done from recycled Perspex, saving both
weight and resources. Recycled Perspex was also used for a large
breathtaking roof that allows extraordinary eyes to perspective a mostly bare
structure of a bodyshell inside.
A adore of detail.
MINI calls it a ‘twinkle in
a eye’, Paul Smith a ‘classic with a twist’ – both impute to
astonishing sum such as high-contrast colour accents that are only
suggested by a designers’ work during second or third glance,
betraying their affinity for details. The same is loyal of a MINI
STRIP: Opening a doors reveals a signature Paul Smith stripes in a
clear combination of 5 colours. The charging strap adds a dash of
neon immature when opened, while a engraved sketch of an electric plug
on a strap is Paul Smith’s possess work.
Radical rebate in a interior.
STRIP binds loyal to a sign of ‘Simplicity and Transparency’ on the
inside, too, pleasantness of some radical stripping-back. All trim parts
have been purposefully wanting (with a difference of a dashboard,
topper pad and parcel shelf), branch a bodyshell into a dominant
manifest underline of a cabin. It has been phony blue during a explicit
ask of Paul Smith, producing a quite eye-catching effect.
The unprotected elementary element and heated blue tinge give a interior an
cultured interest all of a own; it is unclothed nonetheless feels “dressed” during the
Instead of a common multi-part design, a dashboard consists solely
of a large, semi-transparent territory with a smoked-glass finish.
Taking a evidence from MINI design’s normal use of circular
elements, a geometry has been severely simplified with a distant more
graphical interpretation. There is no exemplary centre instrument,
withdrawal a driver’s smartphone to take centre theatre instead. It is
placed where a centre arrangement would routinely be, connects
automatically to a automobile and, in so doing, becomes a media control
centre. The usually earthy controls in a interior are located lower
down in a centre stack, where a toggle switches for a power
windows and a start/stop duty can be found.
Innovative materials conserve
Alongside a minimalist geometric design
inside a MINI STRIP, a use of recycled, environment-friendly
materials also underpins a car’s sustainability credentials. The
interior is totally giveaway of both leather and chrome, with seats
upholstered in a knitted fabric. The totally mono-material design
for a chair coverings means they are entirely recyclable, including the
piping, permitting element circularity to be maintained. The building mats
are done from recycled rubber. Their terrazzo-like settlement is a
by-product of a recycling and prolongation routine and positively
showcases a varicoloured basic elements enjoying a second
life as partial of this material.
The dashboard topper pad, doorway shoulders and parcel shelf also
arrangement a rarely simplified geometry and are done from recycled cork.
The form of cork used here doesn’t enclose any fake binding
agents and is also entirely recyclable. With a appreciative firmness
total with a soothing feel, cork could yield a surrogate for foamed
plastics in future. Due to cork’s recyclability and a standing as a
renewable tender element that indeed “fixes” CO dioxide during its
production, there is intensity here for shortening hothouse gases.
Another certain side outcome of knitted fabric and cork is that they
are both open-pore materials that raise interior acoustics.
Minimalist and organic – a details.
steering wheel, that is also a focal indicate of a interior, has been
reduced to a many essential functions. Its edge has been wrapped in
handlebar fasten in loyal highway bike style. Three aluminium spokes connect
a edge to a steering wheel’s impact absorber, whose filigree covering
creates it probable to see a airbag behind. As on a outward of the
car, there are manifest screws here display how easy it would be to
idle a steering circle during a after date and reuse a aluminium.
A tiny fabric Paul Smith tag in a one o’clock position is one of
a pointers to a partnership that can be found in a interior.
The doorway panels are done from a same filigree element that covers the
airbag. The doorway structure can be clearly seen behind a filigree panels,
that are hold within a frame. The clarity of a knitted mesh
changes according on a angle of view, adding a serve dimension to
a interior’s appearance. The lift handles in a doorway shoulders are
done from wound climbing wire and, together with a relating seat
belts, liven adult a interior with their splendid orange finish. Like the
lift handles, a doorway openers in milled aluminium are housed in the
cork doorway shoulders and yield a high-class finishing hold for the
doorway area. As a eye wanders serve adult a door, it arrives during the
unprotected airbag section in a roof pillar. This has a same outcome as
a manifest wire routing in a interior, deliberately drawing
courtesy to functions that are routinely secluded during manufacture
and contracting them to aesthetically acceptable effect.
Sparking ideas for a some-more sustainable
Form follows duty in all a ingenious
sum incorporated into a MINI STRIP. Simplicity, clarity and
sustainability shaped a executive themes of a settlement routine and
gleam by in each aspect of a car. This has enabled a MINI
STRIP to interpret MINI’s Creative Use of Space truth into a
radical and elemental redesign of a MINI – generally in the
interior. As such, it can yield a matter for some-more tolerable use
of resources in automotive design.