Predicting the near future: Polestar and Balenciaga
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 shareable 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.
Downhills and downtowns: meet the mountain bike for all occasions
It's one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It's also one of the most dangerous. But for its advocates, mountain biking brings a sense of freedom, exhilaration and adventure unmatched in the sporting world. Don't believe us? We recently sat down with Swedish mountain bike Olympian Emil Lindgren to discuss his first biking memories, his favourite trails and why he's spearheading the next wave of Scandinavian riders.
Beyond the Road: Hannah Catmur
Welcome to Polestar Beyond the Road. In this new content series, we will meet Polestar owners from around the world to explore their stories. First up is tech aficionado Hannah Catmur. From pitching apps to Tim Cook to travelling through the South American jungles, her story is one worth telling.
Is Quiet Luxury the next big thing in mobility?
You may have seen it on your TV screens recently. Your favourite fashion influencer has probably enthused about it on TikTok. Or maybe you've read one of the countless editorials that litter the lifestyle pages of glossy magazines. Unknowingly or not, the latest trend taking over the fashion industry has almost certainly touched your life. But dig a little deeper and you start to discover two things. Firstly, this trend isn't just limited to the fashion world. And secondly, it's not really a trend at all. Welcome to the wonderfully rarefied world of quiet luxury.