Breadvan_update_017: Development of the surfacing
Car designers look at cars in three different levels: proportions, surfacing and jewellery. Out of proportions, surfacing and jewellery we’ve mainly showed you the first, during the weekly updates on our coachbuilding project. Now the proportions have been established and the coachbuilder is making them visible in clay, the second step – surfacing – has to be explored. This search for sophistication in the skin of the car, finding the right subtleties, also includes the finalisation of the exterior graphics, such as air vents, headlights and bonnet scoops.
The Breadvan Hommage is the dream of our patron that now becomes a reality and it will have to be a truly individual design statement. It therefor has to exude artistry and performance in every bit of its surfacing. The styling of the graceful lines on base vehicle will not be ignored, as this car was an important piece of automotive design and a significant achievement of the brand in question. The idea behind the Breadvan Hommage, looking at it from the perspective of a design exercise, is to in fact enhance the experience of the sculpted shapes of the base car, intensifying its qualities and making the bespoke body of this extraordinary commission more outspoken and stronger in its appearance.
Fender vent customisation
During the ideation sketch phase we have experimented with the iconic graphics found on the fender of the base car. The craft of customisation is not only making the base car different, but also not to overreach, in other words: knowing when to stop. Instead of completely redesigning them or going for the radical option of an out-and-out side vent delete, the decision was made to amplify them. Their sculptural quality on the base vehicle is carefully curated and for this one of a kind motorcar we are elevating the air outlets to a new level: they will be more horizontally orientated, due to new soft facetted borders which emphasise the length of the body, rather than its height. Instead of two individual pieces, we have merged the sculpture of the once individually chiselled apertures into one organic piece of interlocking graphics and surfacing, with no harshly defined border between the first and the second air opening – much like shark gills.
The graphics of the headlights are another interesting new feature on the car. They are slim, making way for the two large apertures positioned towards the lower edge of the bonnet. Each of these openings is opulently sculpted and merging visually seamlessly with the luscious bonnet surfacing and slim headlight graphics – very different from the harshly cut, stand-alone intakes found on the original Breadvan.