When names like BMW and Garage Italia Customs collaborate, the outcome is sheer genius – much like the two latest one-offs, the BMW i8 and i3 Crossfade Special Editions, that have emerged from the latest partnership between the two renowned automobile brands. These special editions showcase a distinct look wherein geometrical shapes are applied to exude a gradient-like appearance.
The BMW i8 and i3 Crossfade Special Editions have been on show since September 30th at the Paris Motor Show. Both these editions are a celebration of, and a tribute to hybrid cars. They reflect modernized, complex mechanisms, and avant-garde technological progress in the automobile sector.
With this collaboration, Garage Italia Customs’ style centre focuses on creating gear that echoes the core BMW philosophy. This meant breaking free from the conventional – ushering in a new digital version and bidding goodbye to traditional varnishing and gradient methods. This is achieved by using ascending geometric shapes to create similar visual effects, but with higher degrees of sophistication and class. The resultant visual impact would naturally be stronger and sharper.
On the other hand, the i3 Garage Italia Crossfade showcases a vertically-developing colour variation, moving from metallic protonic blue to metallic black. Here, wrapping replaces varnishing with a unique application technique. The vehicle’s distinct colour design is also used in the interiors, with top-notch Alcantara surfaces and cutting-edge textile, restating the car’s premium personality.
The technique leveraged by Garage Italia Customs’ experts draws inspiration from 19th century art like divisionism, pop art, and pointillism, to name a few. The design is rooted in the optical colour mixing theory, which explains how the human brain has a tendency to automatically blend adjacent colours, in turn rendering a gradient-like impression.
[ Source : Designboom ]