inside Art Basel Miami BeachMercedes-Benz presented what will be its last collaboration with the visionary designer Virgil AblohRecently deceased: The Maybach project.
It’s a concept vehicle, zero-emissions, with little chance of entering production. That doesn’t make it any less interesting, as the creative genius from Louis Vuitton’s men’s department worked on it, along with the chief designer. mercedesAnd Jordan Wagner.
Virgil Abloh and the Maybach Project for Mercedes-Benz
From a futuristic perspective, the Mercedes-Maybach car actually refers to the history of the Teutonic manufacturer.
First announced in October, the Maybach Project is a glossy gold and black coupe, spanning nearly 20 feet from front to rear. Much of that impressive length comes from a giant nose that is lined with integrated solar cells.
As you’d expect, Maybach’s signature bar grille tops the front, along with an assortment of safari-style lights.
Reversing, a sloping, translucent roofline melts into a stern that resembles the stern of a spacecraft.
However, above there is a roof rack equipped with lights similar to those on the front end. It’s an intriguing fusion of a luxury sedan and off-road vehicle that performs surprisingly well.
A Virgil Abloh influence can also be felt inside this Maybach, which is made almost entirely of brown leather to match the exterior. Spartan composition resembles a bridge Starship Enterprise than in the car cabin.
Abloh and Wagener may have gone for a minimalist style, but they still found room for a cinematic entertainment screen located in the center of the dashboard. From the images, it appears that the screen can bend backwards towards the dash when not in use.
The Maybach project was always planned to debut this week, but at the request of the Abloh family, the car will now be shown to more people than initially envisioned.
Namely, that the car, which was to be shown during an intimate press interview, was finally shown to the public in Rubelle Museum.
“Our thoughts go to Virgil’s family and teams. As we open up the world of our collaboration and Virgil’s unique vision to the public, we want to respectfully celebrate the work of a truly unique design talent, who has created endless possibilities for collaboration through his unbridled imagination and inspired everyone who met their work,” said the brand, through a statement.