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Architects and Car Design

Architects and Car Design

Having recently employed an architect to produce plans for some remodeling on my house, I was frustrated at the reluctance to embrace new ideas for inte...

23 January 2009
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Southern California's Design Studios

Southern California's Design Studios

The home of the American auto industry may be Detroit, but for the last 30 years California's West Coast has been its design base, playing host to more ...

08 December 2008
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Trends: Instrument Binnacles

Trends: Instrument Binnacles

Have you noticed how instrument dials seem to be bursting out of their surroundings? Looking around the recent Paris Motor Show we noticed a number of c...

10 November 2008
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Essay: Wood in Cars

Essay: Wood in Cars

In the past, many materials have frequently bettered wood: by concrete for buildings, steel for ships and plastic for chairs. So how is it still in use ...

24 September 2008
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Essay: The Electric Cars of California

Essay: The Electric Cars of California

The State of California is home to some of the world's biggest, most famous IT and technology firms, which, combined with the presence of big name ventu...

03 September 2008
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Trends: Lighting on a different plane

Trends: Lighting on a different plane

The corners of a car represent a difficult area for designers: a number of complex surfaces have to be resolved and the tendency over the last 20 years ...

11 August 2008
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Essay: Nature and Concept Cars

Essay: Nature and Concept Cars

Mazda's ‘flow' (Nagare) design concept was introduced two years ago, and for the design team in Yokohama, it felt very natural to be inspired by nature....

09 July 2008
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Trends: Renaissance of the Sports Shooting-Brake

Trends: Renaissance of the Sports Shooting-Brake

In the last few months we have seen several 'sports shooting-brake' concepts - a car type that differs to the more orthodox fastback‚ sports coupe in ha...

18 June 2008
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Commentary: Auto China 2008

Commentary: Auto China 2008

China is a country that's been trading its bicycles for a more modern mode of transport: the car. And while modernization as a whole can be viewed as a ...

02 May 2008
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Essay: LED lamps

Essay: LED lamps

LED lamps on cars have been around for over twenty years but have only recently featured as a technology used for front lamps. They first appeared in th...

13 February 2008
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