Louis XV – During the early 18th century Louis XV or more likely, his talented and cultured mistress, Madame de Pompadour, sculpted this heavier style into something considerably more delicate and feminine, introducing the most French of attributes – the curve. From 1723 – 1760 these curves took on a rather frivolous manner of their own resulting in the style called Rococo, where symmetry was lost and nature took over as branches, leaves, icicles and waterfalls were the favoured decorative motifs.
The trunk of the new Astra has also been redesigned. There is now an extra compartment where you can put a warning triangle or first aid kit. The floor of the trunk can also be lifted and set at different levels so that some things can be stored below the floor and others above, depending on your needs.
Louis XIV – In the middle of the 17th century, the king of France, Louis XIV, favoured a very grand style of interior. Furniture was heavy and finishings were fussy. Gilding was everywhere – on doors, furniture, mouldings – and yet more decoration was added with boule marquetry on furniture, (using tortoiseshell and brass) and detailed paintings on ceilings.
Complement the dashboard dials and plastic makeover with a new sporty steering wheel, gear knob and pedals. Drilled aluminum pedals go with most car interiors but again all types are available and choosing pedals with a wider footprint opens up the possibility of heel and toe gear changes to most car types (and foot sizes).
There are several upcoming business models in which it is not the designers that are stars, it’s all about machines and new innovations that steal the client’s attention. This shows the level of digital revolution around the world. Designers have to think beyond emerging technologies to enhance the quality of living and culture, adhering to their codes and regulations.