Mercedes Benz SILK: Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System

Mercedes Benz SILk is a degree project of Hyoungsoo Kim, a transportation designer. Based on today’s technology where cars are headed at, in the future electric cars would dominate the road. Therefore, this designer decided to create a new and distinctive brand image for Mercedes without losing the connection of existing Mercedes design. At the same time, the final design of the car should aim at improving the pedestrian safety aspect from the car itself. The name of this vehicle was inspired by the softness, elegance, and mystery as well as the lightness of silk material.

Designer : Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim


The final result that you see here is the form of a 3-seater electric sports coupe concept. It features the same wheelbase as the existing Mercedes SLK but the design moves away from the conventional 2-seater to 3-seater approach. Mercedes Benz SILk is aimed at enthusiastic consumers who want something more than a conventional/compact vehicle but still an efficient and eco-friendly vehicle.

The Mercedes logo at the front of the car is packed with a powerful HSS speaker and integrated with sensors at the four corners of the body to detect pedestrians. Mercedes Benz SILK design represents a new design language for future Mercedes sports cars yet still linked to the current design language.

From Hyoungsoo Kim :

The method I followed to arrive at the final design was scattered and confusing at times. But I managed to stick to my timeplan. I started with an initial paper mockup for the interior scheme which was inspired from interaction of positive and negative surfaces. Then researched for areas of improvement and potential problem in current day electric vehicles and what can make Mercedes a distinctive player in this segment in the future. With this research as backup I tried to grap the existing Mercedes design language and develop it to give Mercedes electric cars of the future a distinctive design language. After long hours of sketching I created a rough cad model in alias and then sketched on top of these mock-ups to further develop the form. This was followed by making blueprints with the current generation Mercedes SLK as a base. Then I sketched the interiors and the details and investigated the connection between exterior and interior surfaces. After this I created final CAD model in alias and tried to achieve A class surfaces which comprised a major part of the design process. After this I created animation to depict my concept and how it works. I tried to perfect the storyline of the animation to convey the intention of Mercedes Benz SILK design.

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim

Mercedes Benz SILK Electric Sports Coupe with Pedestrian Warning System by Hyoungsoo Kim




Cuusoo Detachable LCD Screen Cell Phone Concept

Cuusoo is a conceptual device with brilliant idea. Cuusoo cell phone concept allow the users to detach the screen of the phone which allow the user to engage in video phone calls on the go. Cuusoo cell phone concept enables user to attach various gadget such as widescreen PC-style to dual video viewer, very practical !

cuusoo cell phone concept

cuusoo detachable screen cell phone concept

Designer : Marimo-san via Dvice




Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

As a final project for Master in Product Design at ESAD – IPL, Caldas da Rainha, Marco Balsinha has developed Uroboro, a domestic vermicomposter. This project has been designed to answer our environmental problems by moving urban waste from landfill sites and transforming them into useful matter for floriculture. Inspired by the typology of trees, it creates special conditions for safe vermicomposting. This project forms plant living system within your home and bring you a bit closer to nature. It uses earthworms as accelerating agents in the process of transforming domestic organic waste into humus.

Designed as modular system, Uroboro has 4 different pieces of red clays that can be extended by adding pieces up without preventing the mobility of earthworms throughout the overall system. The clay is used as mediator for odor, moisture, and temperature. Some prototypes are already available and have been tested in several households from different backgrounds, the results are pretty promising.

Designer : Marco Balsinha
Mentor: Prof. José Frade
Co-Mentor: Prof. Luís Pessanha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha

Uroboro Domestic Vermicomposter by Marco Balsinha






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