Trends: The Return of Elegance

After an absence of some years, designers are rediscovering elegance and simpler surfaces.

Elegant coupes with classical proportions and beautiful surfacing seemed to be a new direction for many premium brands this year. Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and even Opel were all rediscovering this classic design recipe for recent concepts shown at Frankfurt show.

Volvo Concept Coupe (2013)

In stark contrast, the Japanese premium brands continue to explore ever-more baroque and aggressive design directions, with highly complex surfacing on their latest concepts, such as the Nissan Friend-ME, Infiniti Q30 or the Lexus LX-NF — the latter seen as unnecessarily brutal and immature by many designers we spoke to.


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