Polestar Design Competition
9:00 PM | July 26 2020

Polestar launches global design competition

Both budding and professional designers could see their creations come to life with a new annual competition started by the Volvo Car Group’s electric performance brand.
As a design-focused car brand with a designer as its CEO, Polestar has announced an annual Design Contest.
Running this year until 26th October, the unique contest will see Polestar designers coaching shortlisted contestants, and modellers assisting them to bring their creations to life.
The contest is inspired by the wealth of creativity shared by designers with Polestar’s @polestardesigncommunity Instagram page – another initiative of the Polestar Design department.
The contest requires entrants to design a new type of Polestar that stretches the boundaries of imagination – looking ahead 20 years without stretching into the realm of fantasy, with “Pure” as its theme.
It could be a car, or something else, as the designers behind the contest are keen not to limit future directions for Polestar.
The contest has both student and professional designer categories, with initial designs submitted in the form of sketches or digital images.
Shortlisted contestants will then develop their designs as digital models, with remote coaching and guidance from Polestar’s designers and its head of design, Maximilian Missoni.

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Above: Polestar’s head of design, Maximilian Missoni, with fellow designers Juan Pablo Bernal (centre) and Nahum Escobedo (right).
The winning student and professional designers will get their designs modelled in the same way as all Polestar designs – in the Gothenburg-based design centre, as highly detailed hard models.
With a different theme to the design brief each year, Polestar Design Contest winners and their models will be presented at a Polestar design exhibition – an annual event curated by Polestar Design that will tour the world in an art gallery-style environment.
“We have experienced fantastic creative interpretation of the Polestar design philosophy from a wealth of aspiring designers all over the world,” said Juan Pablo Bernal, senior interior design manager at Polestar, who also curates the @polestardesigncommunity Instagram account.
“It was clear that Polestar, as a new brand with a strong design focus, presents a broad, blank canvas for design exploration. With this contest we officially invite designers to flex their creative muscles with a view to gaining real experience and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in this field.”
Maximilian Missoni said: “As a designer, I recognise the extremely valuable experience that can be gained by being able to work so closely with a new brand like Polestar – especially since we view this opportunity as a way we can give back to the design community and help up-and-coming designers excel.
“With this contest we aim to challenge talented designers to push boundaries and think in new directions – much like we do. I look forward to seeing some amazing designs that promote design expression in a new modern landscape.”
The deadline for 2020 submissions has now passed, but if you missed out get ready for the 2021 Polestar Design Competition.

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