I’ve spent a lot of time with the Singer DLS in recent months. Our paths have crossed on several occasions, so I’ve had plenty of time to explore the project up close. The details are special.
Daniel Simon was creative advisor/top banana on the DLS styling. If you have never heard of the man, it is worth learning more: check out the Daniel Simon website. I follow Daniel on Instagram and his feed is highly engaging: from beautiful sculpted robotic race cars to hanging out with Valentino Rossi and designing with Singer, there’s so much great stuff. Porsche plays more than a small part.
One thing that I found quite surprising when I first started following Daniel was his work on the Star Wars films. “Working on Star Wars Episode VIII was a twenty-year dream come true,” he said. “My contribution is negligible among the insane talent of the entire art department, and it is unforgettable to work with Rian Johnson and the fine folks of ILM.”
Daniel contributed to Episode VIII and also designed several vehicle concepts, including an ‘unstable’ speeder and a luxury cruiser. The artwork is shared on his Instagram feed and is worth checking out, if only to study the level of detail that top line designers will put to in presenting their concepts.
Porsche is not far, far away
Porsche has now announced that some of its own designers will work with the Lucasfilm team to design a ship for the world premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”.
“Developing a spacecraft with clear Porsche design DNA is exciting and challenging,” said Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche at Porsche AG. “Though they don’t seem to share many elements at first glance, both worlds have a similar design philosophy. The close collaboration with the Star Wars design team inspires and fascinates us – I’m sure that both sides can draw major benefits from this exchange.”
I’m not sure about the similar design philosophy bit (not that I am any sort of expert) but the major benefit to the exchange is fairly obvious. Alongside the model starship at the premiere, Porsche will showcase the Taycan. US deliveries start at the end of this year and Hollywood is packed with early adopters, so why not tie the electric sportscar into the PR maelstrom and give it the blessing of Skywalker?
I can see the scene now: “Hello, 911. May the force be with you.” “Hello Taycan. I’m not your father.” I need a t-shirt of this.
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