Designer and influencer Sean Wotherspoon is fashionable streetwear with a bold color palette and unusual materials.
The 32-year-old teamed up with Porsche to design his own personal Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, and the striking exterior painted in color block styling was one of the highlights at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March.
Today, Porsche reveals the interior of the art car for the first time: the vivid color blocking continues with Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple and Ashley Green.
Cork on the dashboard, steering wheel and center console creates visual contrast, while corduroy adds another distinctive feature. The headliner, seat centers and sun visors are covered with this material in Atacama Beige. The convinced vegan also wanted the interior to be leather-free, an option that other Taycan customers can also choose from.
The art car is featured by Wotherspoon himself via Porsche’s Instagram channel, where he also participates in a live Q&A session.
“From Janis Joplin’s psychedelic 356 in the 1960s to the 2019 911 RSR designed by Richard Philips – the list of iconic Porsche art cars is already long,” said Porsche Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Robert Ader .
“Art cars suit Porsche very well. Creative design work with artists inspires and motivates us to continue to develop the brand without fundamentally changing it.
“Creativity thrives on interaction,” continued Porsche Styling Manager Michael Mauer.
“As a designer, it is important to question everything and always aspire to see ideas in a new light. Working with young designers like Sean helps us find new impulses in very different product areas.
Wotherspoon added that wondering how to change and elevate in terms of design is his “personal challenge,” whether he’s working on sneakers, cars, a workflow, or any new material.
“The search for innovation motivates me and I was fascinated from the start by the unusual materials with which the Porsche designers from Weissach work. We inspired each other again and again throughout the project and have finally created a whole new kind of vehicle design.
Wotherspoon first rose to prominence with the Nike Air Max 97/1 sneaker he created in 2018.
Besides the design, what was unusual was the use of corduroy as the upper material, and it became Wotherspoon’s trademark. He has been working with Adidas since 2020.
In 2013, he opened the first Round Two Store in the United States (US), a vintage streetwear and sneaker boutique. The designer previously worked with Porsche on “The Art of Drive”, an interactive online mentorship program that invites personalities to share how they achieved their dreams and inspired others along the way via a series of short films , articles, interviews and digital videos. events.
CREATION OF THE CAR
The partnership was initiated by a marketing communications team from Porsche. Communications experts brought Wotherspoon together with designers from Style Porsche and worked with him to stage the car’s world premiere on Instagram.
Wotherspoon visited the Porsche Design Studio in Weissach on several occasions, and he also oversaw the physical creation of his art car on site, spending time in the concept car workshop and the trim workshop in Weissach, for example.
Initially, virtual reality technology was used to try out and discuss many exterior color options on a car model.
Style Porsche Color and Trim Manager Volker Müller said: “Inspired by a visit to the Porsche Museum, Sean came up with the idea of circular elements on the doors. His idea echoes the roundels of the starting numbers of historic racing cars. At the same time, this inverted color breaks up the large area.
To ensure that the colors were precisely what he wanted, Wotherspoon sent the corresponding Pantone reference codes to Porsche. The mixing bench in the workshop’s paint shop for the concept cars was used to recreate them and the colors were then applied to what are known as ‘paint frogs’ so that the sneakerhead can see them in person and professionally evaluate them under a range of different conditions.
The lighting cabin in the Porsche Design Studio can switch between daylight and artificial light at the push of a button. The unusual names of the paintings have a personal origin.
“After explaining the importance of having unique names, Sean named the paintings after his family members,” Müller said. This is how Nash Blue, Sean Peach, Loretta Purple and Ashley Green were born.
The idea is for the interior to continue the color blocking concept of the exterior. Corduroy and cork, which he also uses for his streetwear, were the materials Wotherspoon sought out.
Corduroy has a long tradition at the sports car manufacturer, with the soft, ribbed material adorning the seat centers of the Porsche 356 as early as 1952. In the new art car, this woven material was added in Atacama Beige , which Porsche used in the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Edition in 2020.
“Working with cork, however, presented a number of challenges to our trimmers,” Müller said.
In the end, the laminated material, which comes in the form of rolls, had to be adapted to complex shapes such as the dashboard.
The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo designed by Wotherspoon is completed with elements from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, including the 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels and the rear wiper cover – both painted in black (gloss finish) – as well as the strip lamp with Porsche lettering in black.
Customers can implement comparable projects under the Sonderwunsch program of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, a reinterpretation of the legendary service of the same name from the late 1970s, launched in 2021. An example is the use of the Paint option to Sample Plus to allow for Wotherspoon’s four exterior colors. color blocking exterior to be offered in the future.
As a versatile electric sports car, the Taycan Cross Turismo has all the strengths of the Taycan, such as superior power and a long range. Added to this is more headroom for rear passengers and a maximum luggage compartment capacity of over 1,200 litres.
The standard all-wheel-drive chassis, with its air suspension, has height adjustment. Off-road design cues include wheel arch covers, distinctive front and rear lower sections and side skirts.
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