Thinking outside the box is all very well, but where do you put the ideas?
Polestar London, a temporary space in the Westfield London shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, is gearing up for its official opening. Given the safety recommendations in place due to the current pandemic, this opening couldn’t feature the eager journalists and cutting of the golden seatbelt that are hallmarks of a Polestar space opening. A challenge, then, to provide a Polestar experience while still acknowledging the circumstances. If we couldn’t get people to the space, we’d need to get the space to the people.
Journalists were delivered a space-shaped box (constructed with flax fibres, a primary component of Polestar Precept), along with a ribbon to cut, scissors to do the cutting, a Polestar scale model, and an array of locally sourced, sustainably gathered refreshments. And given that we’re the guiding star, we sent a Polestar 2 in each of the four directions to get the ingredients.
Sometimes, an outside-the-box solution arrives in an actual, fully recyclable box.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
A core principle of sustainability is future-proofing. Keeping items in use saves energy and reduces waste, as they’re thrown away or replaced less often. There are any number of ways to ensure a product doesn’t become obsolete. Durable materials. Timeless design. And OTA software updates, like the latest one available for Polestar 2.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.