Designers are problem solvers. And given that some of the most pressing problems facing society today are overconsumption, waste, and pollution, designers are uniquely positioned to solve these problems. Through unorthodox materials and minimalist designs, these designers are dedicated to realising a purer future. Knowing that problem solving is a team activity, we invited a few of them over for a chat, or a design-focused meeting of minds.
Saturday, January 30th saw us, in collaboration with Wallpaper magazine, host a live design event entitled “Pure Future. Problem Solver” in our brand experience centre in Chengdu.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath introduced the event by highlighting the importance that design plays in our philosophy. In addition to displaying designs of finalists and winners of the Polestar Design Contest, the event also celebrated designs from the aforementioned designers from China. Shanshan Qi is an architect who uses her design to highlight the differences between western and eastern design concepts, and to look at the trends within architecture. Xander Zhou joined remotely to talk about the future of fashion and beauty from a sustainability point of view, and how to balance sustainability and aesthetics. Xiaoxi Shi presented his design, the JS 3D knitted shoes which are made from leftover coffee grounds. And finally, Zhuo Tan presented her design of a pure future, in which sustainability can enable infinite possibilities for design.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar Head of Design Maximilian Missoni, and Senior Design Manager Juan Pablo Bernal then conducted a Q&A session live from Polestar HQ, fielding questions and further elaborating on the future of Polestar design. The event’s stream was viewed by 5 million users.
Designers are problem solvers. Hear about the problems they’re attempting to solve, and how, in the video above.
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