Developed by NIO and brought to London for the Design Centre's Asia Week 2018, NextEV's NIO EP9 supercar has been given a new look by David Collins Studio, who were invited to create a materials concept to celebrate the car's innovative design. Taking inspiration from their signature spectrum of blues, and the imagined sensation of freedom one would experience from driving the world's fastest electric supercar, The Studio has curated a pallette of eau de nile and peleagic blues for the EP9.
The car, of course, functions perfectly, and so by layering tonal colours, materials and textures, the design brings the focus to the sensorial experience: The Studio cocoons the driver in materials more usually associated with a luxury private home, rather than considered for use in car design.
The concept is an exercise in softness, utilising fabrics and specialist decorative finishes sourced from British brands including Tibor, Samuel & Son, Whistler Leather, and David Collins Studio's own fabric collection by Baker Furniture.
The concept's exterior has been wrapped in a teal satin and trimmed with dark grey shagreen and cream boucle panels, to tone with the interior scheme.
One may assume that supercars are designed for a male end-user, and the hardness of their design reflects this. Here the use of the tonal pallete and signature materials has been made consciously to allow the car a less masculine guise.