This brief post serves to notify readers that at Lexus the designers have finally separated form and function.
This image shows the interior of the Lexus UX concept car. There are functions and there are forms and there is no apparent bridge between them. I don’t believe the person who created this image had any idea how these forms would be realised in production. I think it’s okay to do free-form sketching in the initial stages of a design programme. It’s essential, even. Usually then the “feeling” of the first loose sketches get transferred to the structure of the likely interior components with changes made to both as the iterations are iterated.
What has happened here is that a very experimental and largely meaningless impressionistic drawing has been given the full-on Photoshop treatment to look as if it’s a real interior. It’s thus confusing to see all the graduations of shade and texture as well as the absence of clues as to how it fits together or what any of it might be. Usually by the time someone gets to the labour intensive rendering stage the details have been or are being resolved. This drawing is heavy on graduations of shade (as you’d expect of a very realistic picture) but very deficient on detail. It makes little sense.
There’s an exterior to go with this which you might want to look at on your own time. I am not going to link to it though.