The near future has been a muse for countless designers. It provides a framework in which creativity can thrive alongside an inbuilt sense of realism. The Polestar Design Contest and Polestar Precept were some of our near-future explorations. “Afterworld: The Age of Tomorrow” is one of Balenciaga’s. And they’ve asked Polestar to be a part of it.
This project showcases the fashion house’s Fall 21 collection as seen on the streets of a virtual urban landscape in the year 2031. Accessible and sharable from any device, the game sees the protagonist making their way through different environments, following a narrative based on the theme of the Fall 21 collection: human destiny.
The vehicles traversing those streets will be some of the designs from the 2020 Polestar Design Contest, along with Polestar Precept. “Being fans of cars, we were intrigued by the futuristic vehicles from the Polestar Design Community,” says Balenciaga. “Like Balenciaga, Polestar designs the future, innovating and using materials in new ways.” Balenciaga saw that Polestar was just as engaged in what’s around the corner as they were, and thus the partnership was born. “The old notion of premium and luxury is changing,” they continue, “and it was great to partner with Polestar for our Afterworld project.”
The near future is inspirational, in part, because of its close proximity. The predictions aren’t outlandish because there’s a good chance we’ll see them in our lifetimes. As such, they can provide potential solutions to current issues, or show a unique take on contemporary style and technology. They can even show the next steps we might take as a society.
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.