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Polestar team at a Nadasq event
Swedish automotive brand Polestar was established in 1996 and recently listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange

A design contest for aspiring designers, both professional and students, is now accepting entries.

Launched in 2020, the annual Polestar Design Contest, powered by the Swedish electric performance car, will award winners – one for interior and one for exterior design. Following the previous two themes of ‘Pure’ and ‘Progressive’, the 2022 Contest brief is to design a Polestar that is the antithesis of the classic idiom of high-consumption performance rooted in the 20th century. It must visually show a new form of ‘Performance’ and tell the advanced technical story that enables this in a sustainable way.

“For a design to be presented on the world stage in much the same way as one of Polestar’s own concept cars is a money-can’t-buy opportunity for any designer. We want to encourage, support, and celebrate innovative design, and the people who realise it. What better way to do that than to present a full-size model of their creation on the centre stage at one of the largest automotive shows in the world?” – says Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.

Since the start, the contest has featured a variety of vehicles and cutting edge concepts, and draws entries from students and professional designers across the globe. The ground-breaking designs have previously included a car which tackles local pollution with on-board and externally visible air filters, an electric-and-helium airship, prosthetic springboard blades for walking and a luxury yacht that exuded Polestar’s minimalistic design tonality.

This year, Polestar plans to produce the winning design as a full-size 1:1 scale model, expected to be showcased on the Polestar stand at Auto Shanghai in April 2023. Deadline for initial design submissions is 31st August and 10 professional and 10 student designers will be shortlisted after initial submissions of 2D design material.

More information on how to enter the Polestar Design Contest can be found here.

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