Exploring the future of British Luxury with Royal College of Art
Bentley and the Royal College of Art (RCA) have announced details of an exciting collaboration aimed at exploring the future of British luxury.
Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff – himself an alumnus of the RCA’s renowned Intelligent Mobility programme – is challenging second-year post-graduate students to develop concepts around ‘the meaning of future British luxury in the year 2050'.
Students at the London university are being asked to use the project as an opportunity to interrogate the future of areas such as craftsmanship, materials, technology and, of course, luxury.
Sielaff explained: “Bentley has always been a leader in luxury, and with our collaboration we are asking these millennial students for their vision of the future. We are looking for ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently.
“I enjoyed a wonderful education at the RCA and these second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training, if you will. That’s why this challenge is so exciting and relevant. What will British luxury mean in 2050?”
Dr. Chris Thorpe, Senior Tutor in Intelligent Mobility at the RCA, added: “How can we create a truly emotional response to a personal journey over the next 30 years? In an increasingly virtual and digital world, how can the elements of physical materiality and our sensory response be orchestrated and composed to meet our deepest human needs and desires? These are the areas we are exploring with Bentley.”
The top concepts will be made public later in 2018, with the best designs being selected by a judging panel featuring Stefan Sielaff; Bentley’s Head of Exterior Design, JP Gregory; Romulus Rost, Head of Interior Design; the RCA’s Dr. Thorpe; tutor Guy Colborne and Visiting Professor, J. Mays.
The student with the winning design will receive an internship in the Bentley Design department in Crewe.
Read more about Stefan Sielaff's vision for the future of luxury automotive here.