Balancing Premium, Performance, Luxury and Social Responsibility
  • Andre de Salis Andre de Salis BMW Group Designworks Creative Director, Industrial Design

    Andre has worked with Designworks for 16 years, starting in Los Angeles. He has completed projects in Munich, Singapore and is currently working in Shanghai.
    Andre has built design solutions for a wide range of clients including: HP, MINI, BMW, Audeze, Corsair, Stratasys, MCI and Virgin Hyperloop One. He is an extremely versatile designer with expertise in industrial design; environmental design; design strategy; design languages; vision and innovation; and ID/UI/UX combined projects. Most recently, Andre led the teams responsible for designing the interior and exterior of Alaka'i Technologies' Skai hydrogen powered eVTOL and the BMW Rival Rig Gaming Station. Andre has worked for other leading consultancies and multinational corporations including Frog Design, Hauser, Inc, and Technicolor, SA. His strong conviction is that each project is an opportunity for making a quality of life improvement in the built environment. His team was awarded countless Red dot and IF awards over the years, most recently including IF Awards for the Skai craft (2020), North Face camper (2020), Orbital tide generator (2021) and Stratasys J55 color 3D printer (2021).

Balancing Premium, Performance, Luxury and Social Responsibility

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Session S7
Meeting room 腾讯会议
Time 11/19 14:00-18:00
Type Speech
Language English
Direction Design Thinking
keynote content
Content Introduction

Our speech will showcase projects from Designers working for premium and performance brands.
Creatives who have long been mindful of the apparent contradiction between social responsibility and exclusivity. Most recently, extravagant consumption of resources for lifestyle activities or experiences have garnered more scrutiny.

For example, we now think of space tourism very differently than ten years ago. Prioritizing scientific discovery and the common good are considered more valuable than experiencing a simple thrill ride, considering the sizeable energy expenditure and carbon footprint involved.

Premium buyers today define “the best” as not only the best for themselves, but also the most thoughtful and carefully considered. For the wellbeing of humanity, society and for the preservation of our resources. The best is inclusive and aware, it is “good” in the true sense.

At this point in time, many new technologies capable of mitigating the ills brought upon us by older ones exist. Yet because they are not fully ramped up, they often come with a price premium. Their adoption therefore relies on the part of the population willing to pay a premium price for something special, provided it delivers a premium experience. Once this new “responsible premium” category has been established, the aspirational quality (and its relative scarcity) draws in new adopters and sufficient investments to ramp up. This scenario is now playing out with battery electric vehicles, however this is only the starting point.

As designers, we control the experience and have the opportunity to elevate and innovate in many more categories. Growth and ultimate success depends in very large part upon the design solution, since the technical solution is already here.

In the selected case studies we see examples of design and innovation providing alternatives, expanded choices, as well as new solutions addressing or mitigating problems stemming from the use of technology in the fields of transportation and E-sports.

Participants Benefit

1、Get exposure to evolving perceptions of value and quality
2、Understand how to steer designs with a positive social vocation toward premium and early adopters
3、Identify opportunities for premium / performance products to include a positive social influence

Work Case
  • MCI D45 CRT LE commuter coach
  • BMW E-Sports The Rival Rig
  • Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Skai Hydrogen Powered eVTOL, launched at BMW Group #NEXTGen Event 2019
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  • MCI D45 CRT LE commuter coach 14
  • BMW E-Sports The Rival Rig 24
  • Virgin Hyperloop One 34
  • Skai Hydrogen Powered eVTOL, launched at BMW Group #NEXTGen Event 2019 44
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