The future doesn’t just happen. It is created by those with the vision to change our world. Bentley is exploring this concept in an ongoing series of short films, in which visionaries from many diverse fields give their views on how their worlds will evolve in the years to come. They include professional tennis player Victoria Azarenka, actor and philanthropist Jackie Chan, blogger and street photographer Scott Schuman, award-winning architect Wang Shu and the World Land Speed Record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green. The films also feature innovators like bespoke tailor Clive Darby and Glass Artist Dale Chihuly. In this remarkable series of short documentaries, each gives their own interpretation of the future.
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Former world number one and winner of two Australian Opens, Victoria Azarenka was the first Belarusian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. On court, her mobility, speed and relentless power stem from an uncommon mental toughness and unshakeable self-belief, which allows her to fight on for points that others would give up on. As part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, double Olympic medal-winner Victoria reveals the motivation and inner strength that carried her from a small village in Belarus to the pinnacle of women’s tennis; and the continuing commitment required to turn such impossible dreams into reality.
Scott Schuman is an enormously influential street photographer. Beginning his career in the fashion world, he is now the award-winning author of The Sartorialist, one of the world’s most popular style blogs. In ‘The Future of Style’, part of the Mulsanne Visionaries series, Scott talks about why he thinks it is important for people to carve out their own individual style, rather than follow fashion to the letter. He discusses the impact the internet has had: the growth in the number of influences and voices there are for the public to listen to and the freedom this gives us all to find a style and a look that matches our personality.
American artist Dale Chihuly is renowned for his beautifully coloured sculptures. To date, his work has been on view in spaces such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and New York’s Rockefeller Center. In ‘The Future of Aesthetics’, part of the Mulsanne Visionaries series, Chihuly describes artists using teams to bring a vision to life, raising the question of what will therefore constitute art in the future. Only by working in this way, Chihuly believes, can he meet the ever-expanding scale, complexity and ambition of his work.
Wing Commander Andy Green has held the world land speed record for the last 15 years, achieving over 763mph in Thrust SSC. As part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, he puts the Mulsanne through its paces at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, spiritual home of land speed records for close to half a century. Green talks about the extraordinary innovations that have taken place over the past century and some of those to expect from the next one, and reveals why he is attempting to break his own land speed record again in the Bloodhound SSC, a car that spearheads broader vision for the future of automotive technology.
At a stage in life when he could be sliding into a comfortable and well-earned retirement, as the President of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) Jean Todt is busier than ever. Todt has had many challenging career roles, from intrepid rally co-driver to Ferrari CEO – but none as ambitious as now: tackling the road deaths epidemic. Bentley Motors, as dedicated to driver safety as to luxury and comfort, visit Todt to discuss The Future of the Automobile.
Jackie Chan; actor, philanthropist and martial artist, has spent nearly 40 years astonishing the world with his highly skilled screen performances. For Jackie today, it’s charity work that has become the significant focus in his life, having been instrumental in building 26 schools; donating his time and money in the process. As part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, Jackie talks about the Future of Philanthropy, explaining the increasing importance of social media for fundraising, China’s developing role in charitable institutions and how he personally intends to keep helping those less fortunate than himself.
Like all visionaries, Chinese architect Wang Shu is not afraid to strike out on his own. While China has been rapidly rising with skyscrapers made of chrome and glass, Wang Shu has instead turned to his culture’s ancient and venerable traditions for inspiration, creating award-winning architecture of true originality, and finding ways to create spaces that can serve the community as a whole. As part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, the winner of the prestigious 2012 Pritzker Prize for Architecture, and voted Wall Street Journal’s ‘Innovator of the Year’, talks about his Chinese and modernist influences, and why rural crafts rather than high-tech urbanism informs his revolutionary vision for the future of our cities.
Dirk Van Braeckel
If it is not bespoke it is not special enough: bespoke has been central to Bentley Motors from the company’s very beginnings. Bentley’s former Director of Design and Concepts Dirk Van Braeckel, seeks out purveyors of bespoke in London as part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series. Britain remains a world leader and innovator in bespoke design - Van Braeckel explores the very finest tailoring from Rake, and cutting-edge interior and furniture design at Established & Sons.