Daedalus Concept by Jonathan Punter

in: New Designers 8 August 2006
Daedalus Concept by Jonathan Punter

The Daedalus Concept is a futuristic vehicle with a design inspired by natural systems. It has received the Royal College of Art’s Best Overall Concept Car 2006 award.

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Jonathn Punter is a 24-years old student at the Royal College of Art’s Masters Vehicle Design course. For his final year project he designed a concept vehicle focusing on a futuristic family car with an interior optimised for social interaction between family members.

Daedalus Concept interiorHis creation, the Daedalus Concept, has won the Royal College of Art’s Best Overall Concept Car 2006 award and the ‘Best Design Interpretation Award’ at The Pilkington Vehicle Design Awards.

Jonathan, who is a Bentley Motors-sponsored student, took four months to perfect the design of his concept car entry which was modelled using Maya from Autodesk and rendered using ARTVPS’ leading edge technology, RenderDrive.

Commenting on the ideas behind his design, Jonathan Punter said: "The aesthetics of my design were based around the idea of natural systems."

"The resulting vehicle is meant to represent the way a flower reacts to environmental conditions. I included seats in the vehicle which rotate to facilitate a family environment and which also maximise an individual’s personal space. Child mobility was also considered with the incorporation of seats that can be removed and used independently of the car."

In order to optimise the demonstration of his design, Jonathan chose animation. Without access to the technology required to render and animate, he approached his contacts at Bentley Motors, for assistance. With additional support from ARTVPS, the team were able to render around 1,000 frames in less than two weeks and add a further dimension to the student’s entry.

Richard Stevens, exterior designer at Bentley, said: “Having worked with Jonathan during his placement, it was great that he approached us to help with his end of year show. The ideas and design of the car were completely down to Jonathan, we just helped him add some extra magic to his entry. We’re over the moon that Jonathan went on to win what is a truly deserved award.”

Brian Tyler, CEO at ARTVPS comments: “Congratulations to Jonathan on an exceptional design. Photorealistic rendering is becoming integral to a number of industries, particularly in automotive design and visualisation. It’s great that students are gaining hands-on experience and developing the skills they will later require in their chosen profession. We are delighted for Jonathan and pleased that ARTVPS technology enabled him to bring his design to life and create an award winning entry. We wish him all the best for his career.”

According to Telegraph.co.uk, David Wilkie from Stile Bertone, one of the judges and a former RCA pupil, said: "What struck all of us was the overall effect of the development and research Jonathan had done, creating a new environment for a family. "

It isn’t just a car but a space to be in. We were also impressed with the use of a full glass panel down the side using electrochromic technology for both privacy and tint."

(Source: ARTVPS, Telegraph.co.uk)

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