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Announcing The Top 25 In Our Porsche Next Design Challenge: Part 2

The final 13 short-listed candidates are pretty impressive.

  • <p>David Schultz’s bike was the most original of the many, many we received.</p>
  • <p>Allen Zadeh’s Ice Boat--a skiff on gliders that uses wind to sail across frozen ice.</p>
  • <p>Evan Knudsen’s P9 chair is meant to react to your own weight, responding to you like a 911 on the road.</p>
  • <p>Keigo Harada’s flashlight.</p>
  • <p>Scott	 Newlin’s Headlamp, inspired by the headlamps of the very earliest 911's.</p>
  • <p>Andy	 Kikta’s flashlight.</p>
  • <p>Obviously, Rochus Jacob’s pendant lamp was partly inspired by the 911's headlamps. But the ceiling mount was also inspired by its distributor cap.</p>
  • <p>Pablo Eduardo Charosky’s speakers are actually a timeline of Porsche references. The base evokes the spokes in a 1972 model; the dimmer in the middle, the lights from 1984; and the top, the current headlamps.</p>
  • <p>Guy Ceder submitted a speculative design: His Power Source would function as a drop in battery for a 911.</p>
  • <p>Ahmad Bittar’s record player.</p>
  • <p>According to Andy Andresen, who created this shelving system, the Porsche inspirations were conceptual, and involved the user of materials and colors that echoed the 911.</p>
  • <p>Phillip Bodum’s sound system, which is based on the interiors of recent 911 models.</p>
  • <p>Of the many, many surfboards we got, Thomas Ivey’s was the best.</p>
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    David Schultz’s bike was the most original of the many, many we received.

  • 02 /25
  • 03 /25

    Allen Zadeh’s Ice Boat--a skiff on gliders that uses wind to sail across frozen ice.

  • 04 /25
  • 05 /25

    Evan Knudsen’s P9 chair is meant to react to your own weight, responding to you like a 911 on the road.

  • 06 /25
  • 07 /25

    Keigo Harada’s flashlight.

  • 08 /25
  • 09 /25

    Scott Newlin’s Headlamp, inspired by the headlamps of the very earliest 911's.

  • 10 /25

    Andy Kikta’s flashlight.

  • 11 /25
  • 12 /25

    Obviously, Rochus Jacob’s pendant lamp was partly inspired by the 911's headlamps. But the ceiling mount was also inspired by its distributor cap.

  • 13 /25
  • 14 /25

    Pablo Eduardo Charosky’s speakers are actually a timeline of Porsche references. The base evokes the spokes in a 1972 model; the dimmer in the middle, the lights from 1984; and the top, the current headlamps.

  • 15 /25

    Guy Ceder submitted a speculative design: His Power Source would function as a drop in battery for a 911.

  • 16 /25
  • 17 /25

    Ahmad Bittar’s record player.

  • 18 /25
  • 19 /25

    According to Andy Andresen, who created this shelving system, the Porsche inspirations were conceptual, and involved the user of materials and colors that echoed the 911.

  • 20 /25
  • 21 /25
  • 22 /25

    Phillip Bodum’s sound system, which is based on the interiors of recent 911 models.

  • 23 /25
  • 24 /25

    Of the many, many surfboards we got, Thomas Ivey’s was the best.

  • 25 /25

When we laid out the guidelines for our Porsche Next Challenge, we asked that entrants incorporate three elements from Porsche 911s, past and future, in their designs. Among the 428 entries, we received 428 interpretations. Some people took the literal shape and line of the 911 as their inspiration. Others took engineering principles and user experience into account. It was that openness of interpretation that made the contest interesting. We accepted them all, and gave each entry careful consideration, before compiling the short list you see here and here. That was the only way that was fair to everyone involved.

What we were looking for was nuanced and involved many qualities: We looked at beauty, functionality, originality, and "Porsche-ness" to judge each entry. Some entries in the short list you see above contained a lot of one quality, but were weaker in other areas. Others hit each category equally. The point is, there were many different ways that these Top 25 distinguished themselves from the rest of the entries.

We noticed a few trends. For one, perhaps the most quoted detail of all was the rear window of the 911, which has remained a part of its design since its very first iteration in 1963. The second most quoted detail was the headlamps. Many people wrote in to describe the first time they ever saw a Porsche, and many times it was those lamps that made a lasting impression. So perhaps it was no accident that we got a slew of flashlights and lamps. Boogie boards were also weirdly popular, as were couches, none of which quite worked out.

The Top 25 you see here aren’t winners, by any means. Their merely a short list, from which we’ll draw the Top 7 entries. And as we judge those Top 7, we’ll be giving careful thought to which entries best embodied the spirit of what we were trying to create with this competition.

One final note: We’d like to give our sincerest thanks to everyone that entered. If you’re disappointed that you were not selected for the Top 25, we feel for you. We appreciate your effort. It made the competition what it was. And we attempted to honor that hard work by giving each and every entry careful consideration. Thank for you stopping by, thank you for entering. And for everyone: We hope you enjoy all the entries. On to the next round!

Click here to see the rest of the Top 25.

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