Joy riding: Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe design second concept car for Volvo
There has been an emerging trend of customised cars as an extension of one's personality and identity - for those who can afford it. Dutch designers Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe have brought this concept to life at Volvo's design studio with 'The Fun of Driving'. In their latest outing for the Swedish brand, the pair have designed a luxurious collection including a leather concept car and matching accessories, inspired by the notion of the car as a 'second skin'.
In the name of joyful driving, the designers have imagined a car of the future, like with their first model, updating its look and adopting more advanced technology. Building on Volvo's autonomous driving developments, the drive is made enjoyable with Pilot Assist and a joystick for steering. The car also includes a streamlined hood, racing car seating for two people, a plush tan leather exterior and soft felt interior - akin to a piece of clothing.
The accessories collection, resonating a sidecar look, includes his 'n' hers silk/cashmere scarves and matching leather satchels, making the car the height of luxury and speed. Volvo has imprinted its 'Iron Mark' logo on the bags as well as a 3D-printed locket that serves as the car key, a touch that further personalises the car.
The collection was recently on show at Centraal Museum in Utrecht, while a third concept car by Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe is in the works, set to be unveiled in October during Dutch Design Week.