At a glamorous awards ceremony organized by CarDesignNews at the Espace Clacquesin in Paris on Sept. 26th, the world’s top designers and automotive journalists gathered together to watch sponsors Peugeot and Volkswagen reveal the 2012 Interior Motives Student Design of the Year: ‘Autopool’ by Siavash Jafari Jozani and Mina Kasirifar from the University of Tehran. At the end of what was a memorable evening, the two Iranian students walked away with one of the most prestigious accolades in the automotive design industry and a cash prize of $5,500.
Another popular winner at this year’s awards was ‘Smart’ by IED Italy student Mattia Sarti. Described by Citroën’s Andreas Stump as “a nice approach in aesthetics and ergonomics for the little ones”, Smart proposes a vehicle that doubles as a conventional city car and, when not in motion, a versatile interior space – or automated ‘babysitter’ – for four kids. “When I saw this, it made me smile,” said Amko Leenarts of Ford. “It really tells a story.”
Other winners included the ‘Blossom’ three-seat coupe by Haoran Zhang (Best Eco Interior), ‘Pandora’ by Dario Pellegrino, Stefano Manini and Michele Bavaro (Best Use of Technology), ‘Epiphany’ by Shihan Pi (Best Conceptual Exterior) and ‘Imagine’ by Robert Striedieck (Best Artistic Visualisation).
You can view a full review of that evening at : http://www.interiormotivesawards.com/