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Polestar revealed the winners of their first design contest. Contestants were "to create a vision of future mobility with the theme of 'purity'"



Gothenburg, Sweden (November 12, 2020) – The winners of Polestar’s first annual Design Contest have been chosen. Their designs will soon embark on a global exhibition, being displayed virtually and in Polestar Spaces around the world.

The Polestar Design Contest invited both professional and student designers to create a vision of future mobility with the theme of “purity”. They were asked to present a new Polestar that exhibits the purest of designs; a vision of Polestar's evolution in the year 2040 that follows the Polestar design philosophy. Specifically, the vision did not need to be a car.

Winner of the professional category is Konrad Cholewka from Poland with his “Polestar MMXL” design – an inclusive, autonomous pod with a flexible interior design, pure in its combination of two geometric shapes.

The student category was won by Siddhesh Bhogale from India with his “Polestar 40” design – an airship that looks ahead 20 years by combining Polestar design with a 21st century aviation approach.

An honorable mention goes to Arthur Martins from Brazil for his “Spänning” electric yacht, the design of which shows the potential for an electric cruiser that offers a true alternative to conventional craft, just as Polestar cars do in the automotive world.

“We received an overwhelming amount of enthusiastic attention from inspired designers all over the world,” says Juan-Pablo Bernal, Senior Design Manager for Polestar, curator of the @polestardesigncommunity Instagram account and the founder of the contest. “The designers produced very high-quality material and we saw a very consistent expression of the Polestar design language.”

Hundreds of entries were received from a truly international mix of designers – including submissions from India, South Korea, Japan, Germany, the United States, Sweden, Brazil, Poland and China. Designs included everything from hypercars and Arctic exploration vehicles, to personal mobility solutions and watercraft.

Entrants first submitted sketches, which were assessed by Polestar’s design department. The 13 finalists were then invited to remote coaching and guidance from Juan Pablo Bernal and Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s Head of Design, where they were given expert advice and insight into the world of automotive design.

The final phase involved the shortlisted finalists creating fully realized digital models of their concepts which were then judged by the designer panel.

“It was both inspirational and humbling to interact with so much emerging and experienced talent. The designs we saw evolve from creative sketches to 3D models and show that the design world is a melting pot of exceptional individuals. We look forward to seeing these designers moving on to great things during their promising careers,” comments Missoni.

The winning designs will now be brought to life as 1:5 scale models and first shown in a virtual exhibition before beginning a global tour in Polestar’s launch markets. They will appear at Polestar Spaces in China, Europe and North America, according to local regulations.

Professional Category
: The ”Polestar MMXL” design by Konrad Cholewka, is an inclusive, autonomous pod with a flexible interior design, pure in its combination of two geometric shapes.

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Student Category
: The ”Polestar 40” design by Siddhesh Bhogale represents an airship that looks ahead to the future by combining Polestar design with a 21st century aviation approach.

Polestar Design Contest 2020 student winner - Siddhesh Bhogale, Polestar 40.jpg


Honorable Mention: The “Spänning” electric yacht, designed by Arthur Martins, presents the potential for an electric cruiser.

Polestar Design Contest 2020 honourable mention - Arthur Martins, Spänning.jpg
 
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