Reblog: Mini Strip sees BMW and Paul Smith pare EV back to the stylish essentials — SlashGear

BMW’s reinvented Mini was always larger and more luxurious than the classic original, but the Mini Strip co-created by designer Paul Smith pares the car back to the bare necessities. In the process, the small two-door raises some big questions about just how much in modern vehicles is necessary, and whether what we intentionally leave […]

Mini Strip sees BMW and Paul Smith pare EV back to the stylish essentials — SlashGear

Small Designs

Designer Paul Smith is best known for his fashion label, but that hasn’t turned him off from trying his creative skills in other areas. He’s now turned his attention to another British design icon, the Mini.

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Taking a stripped, back less is more approach – makes sense given the Mini’s modest physical presence – with as much as possible stripped away from the chassis, this design even exposes imperfections in the metalwork.

In these modest times, the design certainly fits the times, but if anyone is hoping to pick one up for themselves, they will be left disappointed as this version of the car is not expected to go into production.

Fashionable Impermanence

Tattooing is so ubiquitous that for the next generation, not getting a tattoo will be an act of rebellion.

Whether tattooing goes out of style remains to be seen, but the style of tattoo one may get is definitely subject to trend and popularity already. Which leaves the wearer at risk of looking out of date.

So what to do if you want to appreciate a tattooist great work, but also be mindful that as time passes you may be wishing it was possible to put that tattoo in the back of the bottom drawer?

Designer Paul Smith and renowned tattooist Mark Mahoney have come together to offer a solution.


Not unlike graffiti that’s made its way to clothing and art galleries, Mahoney has designed some prints to put on Smith’s clothing and accessories so the wearer can appreciate the artistry and skill while still being able to set it aside as time and occasion may dictate.

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Sure it doesn’t quite have the sense of endurance and commitment of a conventional tattoo, but the wearer is still able to show endorsement.