Three artists have reimagined the Lexus LF-Z's interior with some radical designs.
Last month, Lexus lifted the wraps off the LF-Z, a futuristic SUV concept previewing the design language of future Lexus EVs as the Japanese automaker prepares to expand its EV lineup beyond the UX 300e. To celebrate, Lexus has enlisted artists to design some unique takes of the electric SUV concept. But rather than redesigning the exterior like traditional art cars, each artist was tasked with reimagining the interior in virtual renders. While the concept's interior was minimalist, these designs by footwear designer Salehe Bembury, artist Ondrej Zunka and fashion label Hender Scheme are more radical and have distinctive themes.
"LF-Z Electrified embodies the future of the Lexus brand, so it is exciting to see that future represented by such diverse talent across the design space," said Brian Bolain, general manager at Lexus International.
"Each of the collaborators brings a fresh energy that not only reinterprets the interior of the LF-Z but also examines the themes of Lexus' next chapter."
Bembury's Lexus LF-Z interior design is inspired by nature, with colors inspired by sandstone landscapes and natural tones and natural materials like cedar, cork and granite. There are also patterns inspired by Bembury's sneaker designs such as the designer's signature fingerprint-style graphics found on the control panel.
"I want this car to feel like a seamless juxtaposition of machine and nature," said Bembury. "Equally utilizing the function of the machine and the benefits and nature to fuel and nurture the passengers to their destination."
Embracing the SUV's futuristic design, Zunka's custom high-tech interior looks like it was designed for a spaceship in a science fiction movie with its vibrant lighting, translucent silicone seat cushions, and a panoramic brushed chrome roofliner. "This interior design is purely speculative so I allowed for free associations and pure imagination and creativity," said Zunka. "I wanted to make the interior feel as if it wasn't made by humans, but maybe designed by a sophisticated artificial intelligence. I wanted to go past any known language and design concepts and forget about what is usually used in automotive interior design."
Finally, Hender Scheme's interpretation of the interior is covered entirely in untreated leather, which will deepen in color over time to create a unique pattern and "reflects the passage of time and the driver's relationship to the vehicle."