via Toyota Setsuna Designed to be an Heirloom Collectible.

A concept from Toyota that shows how car designers and manufacturers use ‘Concept Vehicles’ to speculate about alternative directions for their products, but also to introduce ideas to the public. These concept cars are manifestations of design thinking and sometimes abstract concepts. In this case the most interesting aspect of this article is the statement that the materials will last for a long time if cared for. The notion of products ageing well is not new and has been explored more thoroughly in other areas of design but the idea that this work, in conjunction with pro-active caring and maintenance, supports the notion of design that encourages or makes accessible this practice of caring.

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