Thursday, June 12, 2008

BMW GINA fabric skinned concept car

Read all about it here.

The GINA isn't the first fabric skinned concept: Ed Natividad built a Batmobile of black leather stretched over a brass wire skeleton for his senior thesis and Adam Barry created a series of wire and spandex skinned concept models back in the early 90s, but the GINA is still awesome if for nothing else, its ability to wink and shape shift.

edit: I failed to note that the whole idea of stretched fabric bodies came from early aircraft designs, and that Taru Lahti (of Ford Focus Concept fame - to this day, still the most innovative and sensual concept car ever built) experimented with wire and cloth models with fellow Propeller member Camilo Pardo while at Ford.

[I also added and removed a rant here about the business culture in Detroit driving away some of it's most creative people - it was kind of long winded. It can be pretty much boiled down to two forces of evil: Ronald Reagan and Applebee's.]

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