This year, .MGX made two significant contributions to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. First, through a creative partnership with Arik Levy at the Swarovski Crystal Palace and secondly, but no less importantly, through a collaboration with the car manufacturer Renault. The Ondelios, Renault’s environmentally friendly, high-end cross-over concept car, produced in collaboration with .MGX, was on display from April 22 to 27th in Milan at via Tortona 35, as part of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, complimented by a flock of .MGX design objects, including the new Tulip.MGX and Torus.MGX lights and the Wye.MGX table.
The Ondelios, designed for lovers of long-haul travel who set store by comfort and refinement, was inspired by nature and the way it solves problems with elegance. The .MGX design team and cutting-edge technologies enabled Renault to understand these natural processes in relation to creating structures. This vision can be seen clearly in the car’s ethereal design, interior layout and original hybrid powertrain.
In addition to providing inspiration, .MGX techniques were used to produce a number of specific elements for the car, including the dashboard and roof, which emphasize the vehicle’s airy look and feel and in the case of the latter, bathes the interior in natural light.
"Most cars are designed to express power, speed or the amount of money the driver has on his bank account. Our concept vehicle has a maximum speed of 130 km/h, can carry 6 passengers and their luggage, and burns only 4 litres of fuel per 100 km thanks to our hybrid technology and aerodynamic efficiency… Our design has been led by efficiency, simplicity, fluidity, and our wish to create new forms for a new breed of car… We think that a car is like a downsized home that can move. It’s micro architecture… We imagine that Ondelios’s drivers own .MGX products and will want to bring brands such as .MGX into their ‘mobile lounges’", says Stephane Janin, Director, Concept Cars, Renault.