Following the critical success of its debut presentation in Milan at this year’s Salone del Mobile, ‘Lucid Flux’ and Audi’s two new flagship vehicles travel to Basel where they will be displayed in a new setting within the custom-designed Audi Lounge.
With technology and ‘digital design’ at the forefront of this edition of Design Miami/ Basel, ‘Lucid Flux’ shows Audi’s commitment to cutting-edge, forward-thinking design initiatives.
As ‘designer among designers’, Audi does not only fulfill a traditional sponsor role at Design Miami/ Basel, but actively participates as an exhibitor and provides relevant content to the fair.
Suspended above the two Audi cars, ‘Lucid Flux’ features 25,000 LED lights arranged in orderly lines – which will create an illusion of motion, while also evoking Audi’s streamlined design and aerodynamic efficiency.
The dramatic installation of flickering lights also embodies the connection between the life stages that each car represents. At first glance, the cascading lights form beautiful abstract patterns, however as the lines of lights come together, the patterns start to make sense, becoming messages, that can be read as a flowing text display. This interactive aspect encourages visitors at the show to divulge their fondest memories, adventures and anecdotes in their most treasured cars – so reflecting Audi’s “lifetime companionship” mantra.
The installation’s materials and composition are perfectly attuned to Audi’s design philosophy – which looks towards aerodynamics and efficiency, and specifically uses LED technology as a part of its vision: the LED lights used in the Audi headlights are vastly more efficient than traditional headlights – and the flexibility of the technology gives the cars a greater aesthetic finesse. Audi’s synthesis of providing both the goods and the looks – is inherent in LED technology itself – as exquisitely represented in ‘Lucid Flux’.
“Moritz Waldemeyer has expressed the Audi design philosophy really well with his ‘Lucid Flux’ installation,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG. “This co-operation once again demonstrates Audi’s expertise in the areas of stand construction and customer delight.”
Widely recognised as one of the most innovative designers of his generation, Waldemeyer has worked across the industries of design, architecture, fashion, photography and music. He has developed collaborations and commissions from the likes of Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid, Hussein Chalayan, U2 and Rihanna. “Audi is very strong about both design and lighting,” explains Waldemeyer, “and subliminally celebrating Audi cars as ‘lifetime companions’ in an innovative way has never been done before.”
‘Lucid Flux’ will be displayed at Design Miami/ Basel, Hall 5, Messe Basel, Switzerland 11am – 7pm, 14 – 19 June 2010.