There are the sounds of Polestar: the idling, driving, and reversing sounds created by sound engineers to let bystanders know when the all-electric Polestar 2 is in motion. Then, there’s the Polestar sound: the music that encapsulates the brand, that is as much a part of our identity as our design language, our colour palette, and our symbol. And to create it, we enlisted the help of Lisa Nordström.
A composer, musician, and artist, Lisa Nordström creates everything from film scores to experimental radiophonic compositions from her base in Gothenburg’s Svenska Grammafonstudion. Known internationally for her work with Midaircondo, her numerous international festival appearances, her documentary Sonica Sequence, and her solo albums, Nordström received the 2010 Composer of the Year award from Manifest (a prize for independent record labels in Sweden) and SKAP (“Sveriges Kompositörer och Textförfattare”, the Swedish Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).
We sat down with Lisa to discuss spontaneity, the importance of taking risks, and how she’s defined Polestar through music.
Perspective is everything. Travelling by plane is a blast for those who have only ever travelled by car. It’s mundane for astronauts. Electric driving is clearly the superior experience in our opinion. But we make electric cars. How do former petrol-heads feel about it? Android developers with an interest in driving? People who take road trips from Bavaria to Schleswig-Holstein and back, with a brief detour in Finland? What are their thoughts on Polestar 2?
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.
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.