It may be just about the last place you’d logically expect to see a futuristic supercar – or at least designs heavily influenced by one – but the Salone del Mobile furniture expo in Milan, Italy is playing host to the creations of some of Ford’s most creative global designers.
In fact, Ford Europe has maintained a presence at the expo for several years; this is the first year that Ford’s global design team has participated, using the sweeping, organic design language of the Ford GT as an underlying motif.
For this year’s Salone del Mobile, the Ford GT influenced the designs of all 130 global design staff who submitted proposals. Most of these exist as drawings or computer renderings only, but the top ten were given physical models at the show, as well. These range from a futuristic racing boat, to a chair, a foosball table, and even a sandwich.
Yes, a sandwich.
A massive, Ford GT-inspired installation (pictured above) also rests in a plaza outside the show, titled: “FLAVILLA, Every Light a Voice.” Designed by architect Attilio Stocchi, in collaboration with Federlegno Arredo Eventi, the installation combines an animation of a Ford GT produced by the automaker’s own in-house studio, and a dazzling, larger-than-life light show.
As to why Ford participates in the famous Salone del Mobile furniture expo in Milan, Ford Vice President for Design Moray Callum explained that they “have an incredible amount of talent in our global design studios. Salone del Mobile is the perfect forum to share some of that creativity, while also offering our designers an opportunity to get exposure to new ideas that will inspire future Ford design.”
You can see some of the Ford global designers’ top designs in the gallery below.