The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery

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  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    British designer, Paul Smith has collaborated yet again with MINI, to create the MINI Strip. This is their second project together, the last one was in 1999.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    As the name implies, their task was simple - to show everything that's excess in the modern automobile.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    The team used a barebone MINI Cooper SE electric as the base for this project. Pretty much everything in the car was stripped out.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    The bare metal was given an anti-corrosion coating and a stunning shade of blue.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    This MINI on first appearance might appear stock, but look closer and you'll spot a distinctive grille.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    And aerodynamic elements on the hubcaps, all made of recycled Perspex.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    The MINI Strip though really stands out when viewed from above, where the structural elements of the vehicle stand out due to the blue color, all enclosed under a Perspex roof.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    Step inside and you really have a take a minute to appreciate what Paul and their team have achieved here. There is no wood, leather, or carbon fiber anywhere.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    Instead, the dash is covered with sustainable materials like cork.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    And the plastic on the door cards has been swapped out for mesh. Notice the contrasting orange strips instead of traditional handles.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    The same goes for the seats as well, which have been made from recycled material instead of leather.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
    Although the MINI Strip is only a design exercise, it demonstrates the amount of excess there is in modern cars today. Swipe up to read more.
  • The MINI Strip by Paul Smith Illustrates Just How Much Excess There Is in a Modern Car - gallery
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