Designs on the garage of the future

This is where we take close look at what the students at the Royal College of Art are doing in the garage category for the Toyota iQ competition.

We previously took an overview of all the impressive designs across the four categories, including bedroom, living room and kitchen.

The four category winners, along with an overall winner are set to be announced on January 15.

In some ways the garage is the obvious place to start for a competition inspired by the iQ, but what did the students make of it?

Vehicle Design student Augustin Barbot’s My iQ Cinema asks the question “If you love your car, why leave it empty when you are not driving it?”

For him the inspiration for the 360 degree screen and four video projector system came from headrest-mounted DVD players in the rear seats, common in cars to keep children quiet on long journeys.

“I thought – what can I do in my garage?” Augustin said.

“It is very important for urban living to use this private space of the car so you enjoy the time you spend in your car – not only the driving.

“My vehicle can be like my living room.”

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old cliché goes, as this was very much the case for Dominic Hargreaves.

Dominic, who is studying Design Products, used his experiences of more than once being on the receiving end of opportunist bike crime to inspire Out of reach, out of harm, which hoists bikes out of the reach of thieves.

“It got to the point where you thought ‘how big does a chain need to be?'” Dominic said.

“I thought that if the bike could be out of reach then that would be a good way to go.”

The design can be used to mount bikes on the side of a house, saving space as well as meaning thieves can’t get their hands on the machines.

“It’s like closing the door on a garage, but it’s a design for people who don’t have garages,” Dominic added.

Former RCA Vehicle Design student Filip Krnja looked to combine two ideas into a new product which maximises space.

Reclaim Your Space was born out of Filip’s busy lifestyle and the pressures of space inherent in modern living.

He said: “Here in London, most people don’t have that much space.

“I have to travel a lot, and when I come home I put my suitcase away under the bed and it is absolutely useless.

“I took a suitcase and furniture and just combined them, and through that combination a new function emerged.”

And for Filip inspiration came not just from real life, but from the wider sphere of art.

“It is a very postmodern idea to take things that are already there and combining them to make something new,” he added.

“In terms of art, there is not much which is new, it is about taking things and putting them together to find a new approach.”

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