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Mustang Mach-E inspired by Detroit midcentury modern design

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Architectural design that shaped the Motor City has played a substantial role in designing the Ford Mustang Mach-E interior. The direction on the design was largely influenced by iconic architects in Detroit, which illustrated a lightweight approach.

Josh Greiner, an industrial designer who dedicated the Mach-E interior theme selected by Ford said that the Detroit midcentury design is the epicentre. He is a trained industrial designer who played a key role in the interior design of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.

Designing an all-electric car from scratch actually involves total freedom. This is because the vehicle doesn’t have a transmission or an engine that create constraints on design.

The modern design of the interior

The major priority of Mach-E is a commitment to simple and clean modern lines. Greiner said that the Frank Lloyd Wright homes inspired him. Wright homes are well-known for low-pitched roofs, open floor plans and overhanging eaves. Moreover, it also includes a prairie-style movement where all rooftops were cantilevered. So, the feel of openness is a major contribution to the design of the Mach-E.

It seems defied gravity to Greiner as he feels its super lightweight and almost impossible. Hence, he tried to incorporate as many floating elements in the interior as possible, to keep it looking airy and light.

Designer Josh Greiner created this early sketch of the Mustang Mach-E in 2016 for Ford Motor Company that shows the layered architecture inside the vehicle and the dashboard that includes the sound bar.

An early sketch of Mustang Mach-E in 2016 that shows the layered architecture and the dashboard that includes the soundbar.

Greiner said the armrest on the console of the Mach-E is totally floating where makes people feel light and spacious. “The top of the dashboard is the same way, to separate the dash into two halves — it appears like the top half is floating.”

Besides, the touchscreen in the middle of the SUV seems like it’s floating too, based on Mies van der Rohe qualities. He explained his floating design with walls of glass, curtain walls who used to let light in instead of providing structural support.

Designer Josh Greiner drew floating elements of the Mustang Mach-E interior in this early sketch from 2017. His direction on the project was heavily influenced by iconic architects in Detroit. This illustrates a clean and lightweight approach.

Floating elements of the Mustang Mach-E interior.

Moreover, the iconic Womb Chair designed by Saarinen in 1948 has inspired the design of Mach-E dashboard. It inspired the design and texture of the fabric soundbar on the Mach-E dashboard with honest and simple material.

 

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