INNOVATION ENVY T W O L U X U R Y L E G E N DA R Y AU T O M O B I L E B RA N D S UP THE DESIGN QUOTIENT ON THE SUV
BENTLEY BENTAYGA If you are looking for an SUV that packs more power than a Ferrari 550 and can be customized from a palette of over 100 shades with an option for a quilted-leather retractable tailgating bench and picnic hamper, look no further. Bentley Motors—the British automotive manufacturer known for sports racing and for winning six Le Mans competitions—has entered the luxury SUV game with the Bentley Bentayga, a vehicle more like a cocoon with the ability to off-road and reach 187 miles per hour. Perfect for driving the kids to soccer practice or camping, as a custom tent is also an option. Starting at $230,000. RANGE ROVER VELAR This fall, Range Rover will roll out its new Velar series, which debuted at the Geneva Car Show and champions design driven by “reductionism”— a belief in design purity that results in the stripping away of complexity to emphasize quality. The interior has been designed as a calming sanctuary, complete with luxury finishes and a new industry concept—sustainable, premium textile seat material as an optional alternative to leather. The Dapple Grey woolen upholstery material was developed together with Kvadrat, a leading European textile manufacturer, and is complemented by suede cloth inserts in Ebony or Light Oyster. This sleek, performance-driven SUV would be right at home on the set of a 1960s Stanley Kubrick sci-fi flick. Starting at $65,000.
As part of the Innovation and Design Building’s commitment to salute the brands in our industry that strive to make a difference either globally, locally, or in their workplace culture, Boston Design Market (October 11–12, 2017) will include a keynote panel devoted to the topic.
BDC SHOWROOMS GIVING BACK
Participants include Merida CEO and owner Catherine Connolly, who, more than twenty years ago, made the decision to manufacture in Fall River, Massachusetts, a historic mill town that was once America’s leading textile center. This move helped revitalize the town, bringing jobs to tradespeople and expert craftspeople who deliver superior products to the industry while also ensuring goods are manufactured in the United States. A challenge, but one Connolly believed was worthy of meeting. “Today, our 40,000-square-foot workshop hums to the rhythms of heritage and modern looms. Committed to a rigorous design process and an innovative approach to manufacturing, our talented team of designers and craftspeople continue to build a distinguished portfolio of products that honor timeless tradition with inventive design,” says Connolly. Joining Connolly will be Jakub Staron, founder of the preeminent rug company J.D. Staron, to discuss their recycled saris program. More than half a billion women in the world wear saris and J.D. Staron is committed to seeing them repurposed and using handspun silk yarn from the regeneration process. Olivia Lord of Jewett Farms + Co. will discuss her company’s sustainable practices and Philip Bershad of Phillip Jeffries will share insights on the corporate culture they have built and their program for planting a tree for every order placed. They are hoping to reach a goal of 25,000.