Gabriel Hantig

Coventry University, UK

Hantig’s first post-graduation project is the Voinic, a lightweight, all-terrain vehicle. ‘The challenge is to stand out in a world where copy-paste design is a trend,’ he says. Currently seeking investment for this modular EV, Hantig draws inspiration from the ‘passion and dedication’ of Italian designers. Dream collaborator: Tesla.

Nicky Chan

College for Creative Studies, USA

Chan explores new ways of living and working with transportation, with designs such as the Ford Mobility Concept, which resembles an urban pavilion. ‘I get a lot of my inspiration from architects such as Tadao Ando,’ he says, and ‘contemporary designs from Volvo and Peugeot’. Dream collaborator: The illustrator Marie-Laure Cruschi.

Po-Wei Lee

Royal College of Art, UK

Lee’s project explores how an autonomous car could effectively become a piece of contemporary sculpture. Paring back forms with nods to modernist architecture and the work of Richard Serra, Lee has conjured up a sleek, mysterious machine that could easily hang on a gallery wall. Dream collaborator: Nendo.

Ivan Palacios

Art Center College of Design, USA

Palacios pitched his thesis project as a new version of the American dream. The ‘Jeep in a Box’ builds on the classic utility vehicle’s military origins, compressing a capable off-roader into a compact, foldable machine that’s like a Swiss Army knife with wheels. Palacios admires the visionary work of Syd Mead – ‘an amazing all-rounder as a designer and artist.’ Dream Collaborator: ’Ridley Scott and/or Christopher Nolan.’

Karl Marteliusson

UMEA, Sweden

Working with fellow students Andreas Vang and Haoyue Jia, Marteliusson’s ‘Yonder Deck’ is a sleek but slightly dystopian view of the future of air travel. The deck creates a ‘dream-like’ flight experience in the lower cargo area, using screens not windows and an autonomous food cart. ‘Climate is the most important debate and electrification and autonomy are not going to fix the issue. Design can open up public transportation,’ he says. ‘life consist of meeting other people – it’s part of being human.’ Dream collaborator: ‘I have to say Chris Bangle, although it’s a bit of a cliché. His Redspace project is very playful’.

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