Car Design Awards 2016: Meet The Winners

13 December 2016 | by Unknown

Ford's designers working as a team to assess the work submitted for the Car Design Awards 2016 competition.

The winner of this year’s Car Design Awards 2016 competition has been announced. 

CCS student Changbo Koo won the Best Interior Design category and also was judged to be the best overall submission by the prestigious judging panel, earning him the overall award for 2016 Student Design of the Year.

Koo’s design for a future luxury Peugeot interior was inspired by the natural movement of flowers blossoming and was considered to be a mature, highly detailed, innovative and thoughtful piece of work:

“An outstanding interior design with a strong sense of flow movement and luxury,” said Qunyi Chen, vice president and design director of China’s IAT, noting Koo’s unusual interior layout.

Ziran Zhang from IAT: “The competition was very high-level. This made it very difficult to choose the finalists.”

“The IP, door, seat; the interpretation of surfaces, which were designed in a single surface language, was great,” added Sangyeon Cho, Design Director, GM Korea. “The carefully laid-out details in the design is also worth complimenting.” 

Koo wins $3,000 and his work is also featured in this year’s prestigious Car Design Review 4 book, focusing on the best production and concept car design of 2016. 

Chen Zheng from Changan: "Simple, but very clear, and efficient graphics."

The Best Visual & Graphic Presentation category was won by Junheum Cho of  Korea University, Seoul with a futuristic spider-like vehicle for extreme exploration in harsh environments. "Truly impressive rendering examples that make the vehicle and the environment become truly alive,” said Chen Zheng, Design Director at Changan Automobile.

This year's contest attracted more than 421 entries, submitted by students of 61 different nationalities attending courses at 41 universities.

 

Judge Friedhelm Engler from GM Europe: "What a great event and what a great opportunity."

Judge Chris Benjamin from FCA North America: "It's great to see that the students have considered what the next generation of mobility looks like."

2016 Student Design of the Year, sponsored by Optic Group and Best Innovative Interior

Changbo Koo

Changbo Koo 300X300

 

 Changbo Koo, Korea

 College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA

 La Fleur, The Motion of Blossom

 

 

Changbo Koo’s design stood out with its highly detailed, flowing sketches communicating his vision for a future luxury Peugeot interior inspired by the motion of a flower opening its petals. The forms of blossoms and petals are echoed in the construction of the cockpit, which wraps around each occupant. Koo’s biophilic concept of luxurious elegance with natural, botanical forms has a strong sense of flow and movement culminating in an entirely new seating layout.

 

2nd place

Bart de Graaff, UK

Coventry University, UK

 

3rd place

Michael Silbereis, Germany

Pforzheim University, Germany

 

Best Exterior Design sponsored by IAT

1St Tomas Omasta 108436

Tomas Omasta 300X300

 

 Tomas Omasta, Slovakia

 Coventry University, UK

 Volanti

 

 

The winner of the Best Exterior Design category was Tomas Omasta from Slovakia, a student at Coventry University, UK. Omasta’s design was for a helicopter interior for the Jaguar brand, operating in new markets in the future. “Clean and futuristic, also very [in] accordance with Jaguar’s design language,” said Qunyi Chen, vice president and design director of IAT, China.

 

2nd place

Nobuhiko Honda, Japan  

Art Center College of Design, USA

 

3rd place

Minwoo Choi, Korea

Royal College of Art, UK

 

Best Lighting Concept

1St Koukou Nian 103774

Koukou Nian 300X300

 

 Koukou Nian, China

 Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany

 VW E-Motion concept

 

 

The winner of the Best Lighting Concept category was Koukou Nian from China, a student at Hochschule Pforzheim, Germany. Nian’s design was for the VW E-Motion brand, a futuristic electric vehicle with an iconic light signature around the perimeter of the vehicle and a convertible roof that worked as an air filter when closed, made from a breathable, hi-tech material.

 

2nd place

Sangmin Lee, Korea

Royal College of Art, UK

 

3rd place

Bart de Graaff, UK

Coventry University, UK

 

Best Visual & Graphic Presentation

1St Junheum Cho 112839

Junheum Cho 300X300

 

 Junheum Cho, Korea

 Korea University, Seoul

 Wheely Foot

 

 

The Best Visual & Graphic Presentation category was won by Junheum Cho of Korea, a student at Korea University, Seoul. Cho’s design for a futuristic vehicle for extreme exploration had a spider-like robot walk mode function for transport in harsh environments.

“Simple, but very clear, and efficient graphics, but most of all truly impressive rendering examples that make the vehicle and the environment become truly alive,” said Chen Zheng, Design Director at Changan Automobile.

 

2nd place

Tomas Omasta, Slovakia

Coventry University, UK

 

3rd place

Dongsheng Cheng, China 

China Academy of Art, China

 

Best HMI Concept

1St Christian Lange 104921

Christian Lange 300X300

 

 Christian Lange, USA

 University of Cincinnati, USA

 The Soul of the Drive

 

 

The winner of the Best HMI Concept category was Christian Lange of the USA, a student at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Lange’s work was called ‘The Soul of the Drive’ and impressed thanks to its reinterpretation of human-machine interaction for autonomous vehicles that enhances the emotional interaction between occupants and car.

“A sincere attempt to use technology and graphics in order to make the future car’s instrumentation and function commands more user and human friendly,” said Chen Zheng, Design Director at Changan Automobile.

 

2nd place

Sangmin Lee, Korea

Royal College of Art, UK

 

3rd place

Thomas Ellis, UK   

Royal College of Art, UK

 

Best Colour & Trim Design

1St Jeremy Sachot 108584

 

 Jérémy Sachot, France

 ISD Rubika – Valenciennes, France

 Alfa Romeo Caprie Revive Bertone

 

 

The Best Colour & Trim Design award went to Jérémy Sachot from France. A student at ISD Rubika – Valenciennes, France, Sachot’s design was for an Alfa Romeo coupe designed by and co-branded with former carrozzeria Bertone. Referencing the iconic Giugiaro-designed Alfa GT Sprint, Sachot’s design blended traditional materials with modern UX design and technology into one comprehensive, desirable and quite beautiful whole.

“A sumptuous use of rich materials. Finally! Correct use of wood, restrained use of highly reflective colours.  A very convincing and very well balanced composition,” Chen Zheng, Design Director at Changan Automobile.

 

2nd place

Changbo Koo, Korea

College for Creative Studies, USA

 

3rd place

Daria Protsenko, Russia

Ural State University of Architecture and Arts, Russia

 

Best New Mobility Solution sponsored by VW Group

1St Song Ming Fan 108991

Song Ming Fan 300X300

 

 Song Ming Fan, China

 China Academy of Art, China

 UT-X Urban Tourer

 

 

The Best New Mobility Solution award went to Song Ming Fan of China, a student at the China Academy of Art, China. Fan’s design for a future mobility solution for two was considered simplistically elegant and functionally realistic thanks to its rental recharging network concept.

“A very interesting solution to urban short-distance transport, for a specific areas such as travel scenic spot has its practicability,” said Qunyi Chen, vice president and design director of IAT, China.

“A very well thought and described personal city mobility vehicle. Convincing shape, good balance between safety and comfort,” added Chen Zheng, Design Director at Changan Automobile.

 

2nd place

Javier Garcia-Gallardo Mosquera, Spain

Royal College of Arts, Spain

 

3rd place

Akash Choudhary, India

DSK ISD Rubika, Pune, India

 

Best from Americas

1St Jordan Beckley 115873

Jordan Beckley 300X300

 

 Jordan Beckley, USA

 College for Creative Studies, USA

 Airstream WABI

 

 

American Jordan Beckley’s design won the Best from Americas trophy. A student at the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit, USA his design for a modern-day Airstream trailer aimed at the Gen-Y generation featured communal living and onboard renewable power generation.

 

2nd place

Paul Olver, USA

University of Cincinnati - DAAP, USA

 

3rd place

Chris Hyung Hoon Kim, Canada

College for Creative Studies, USA

 

Best from EMEA sponsored by Kinetic Will Associates

1St Bart De Graaff 101258

Bart De Graaf 300X300

 

 Bart de Graaff, Germany

 Coventry University, UK 

 Panorama

 

 

Bart de Graaff from Germany, a student at Coventry University, UK won the Best from EMEA trophy. De Graaff’s design for a cocoon-like autonomous car with an interior layout primarily focused on social interaction, impressed the judges thanks to its thoughtful interactive UX design.

“The UX does not live on a screen. The entire vehicle is interactive both with users and the public.  App controls are slick and add heightened believability,” said Chris Benjamin, Head of Interior Design at FCA North America.

 

2nd place

Michael Silbereis, Germany

Pforzheim University, Germany

 

3rd place

Thomas Ellis, UK

Royal College of Art, UK

 

Best from Asia-Pacific sponsored by IAT

1St Sangmin Lee 101443

Sangminlee 300X300

 

 Sangmin Lee, Korea 

 Royal College of Art, UK

 AlphaVein

 

 

Sangmin Lee, of Korea, was awarded the Best from Asia-Pacific trophy. A student at London’s Royal College of Art, Lee’s design was for a robotic, autonomous vehicle interior with a primary focus on an alternative to the steering wheel, resulting in a remarkable robotic IP.

“The robot lighting is clever and communicative,” said Chris Benjamin, Head of Interior Design at FCA North America.

 

2nd place

Nobuhiko Honda, Japan

Art Center College of Design, USA

 

3rd place

Minwoo Choi, Korea

Royal College of Art, UK