A practical design must look good, but the interior must be functional for comfort, especially in the perspective of a future that could see vehicles (even autonomous) around. transformed into real living spaces on wheels. Of the "lounge cars".
And it is precisely the concept of the lounge car that was inspired Roman Zenin, British designer and creative. Zenin is currently in charge of designing the bodies of Land Rover, but has tried to imagine a Volvo of the future with his own criteria. He did so as part of his project for the University of Pforzheim, also spending six months on an internship in the Volvo style center in Gothenburg.
More man, less machine
“Volvo Think inside the box” is the Volvo lounge car imagined by Zenin. And it is all based on an underlying philosophy that aims to develop a synergy with the open space, in which the car is a tailor-made private area, not a vehicle. A place for relaxation, office work, leisure with friends and family AND travel.
This special two-seater, in particular, envelops passengers in a truly comfortable space: a large entertainment display replaces the windshield. A large sofa-like seat with plenty of legroom transforms the cabin into a lounge room. And it allows you to enjoy your time while the car makes its way!
Lounge furniture solutions, like in campers
The (how to define it? Coffee table? Desk?) Furnishing accessory present in the lounge car changes its configuration to meet the needs of the passenger. It can rotate and expand, or move up and down. The modular console can be used as a table or transformed into a desk for more work-oriented tasks such as checking email on the laptop. Under the top surface there is space for storing accessories, books or anything else. There is another drawer-shaped closet under the front entertainment display for storing things like clothes. Everything is governed by a sort of physical widget, a sort of interface borrowed from digital, but tangible, which allows you to adjust the temperature or the sound of the system.
Lounge car, a room with a view
Other lounge car solutions? With the touch of a button the glass window can be converted to private mode and become opaque. The panoramic windshield that slides all the way to the rear can be cleaned with a spoiler-like wiper that runs along the windshield. The exterior has an elongated profile (and vaguely similar to a Tesla Cybertruck, although conceived before the Cybertruck) for more interior space. Overall, Roman's well-thought-out concept gives us a peek into the future of self-contained and comfortable four-wheeled designs.