Aston Martin car tech inspires interior design range

Aston Martin car tech inspires interior design range


FIRST it was powerboats, next property development, then submarines became part of the mix. Now Aston Martin - the British marque best known for its high-end sports cars - is trying its hand at furniture. Actually, Italian interiors and accessories  maker Formitalia makes the furniture itself, but the new range is the result of a collaboration with the British sports car maker and inspired by its famous automotive range.

The Formitalia collection, described as unique and contemporary yet timeless, was previewed at Milan Design Week and features dark textured timbers, brushed brass, velvets, leathers and open-textured hand-woven linens. The handmade range, to be crafted in Italy, will be available from September. 

'The furniture collection is the latest example of what the carmaker’s new design/engineering arm, Aston Martin Consulting, is capable of.'

Seen here are a few highlights of what’s to come, including a signature sofa made from a blend of fabric, leather, wood and metal. A series of coffee tables will be crafted from Sahara Noir or Breccia Medicea marble, or smoked and clear glass. The futon-style cuoio leather bed is covered in cashmere and two cashmere-upholstered cushions.

The furniture collection is the latest example of what the carmaker’s new design/engineering arm, Aston Martin Consulting, is capable of. In October, it made its first foray into real estate development, turning the first dirt to start development of a 66-storey residential tower of curved glass and steel in Miami, Florida. The condominium tower, housing 391 apartments including seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse – all with private pools and spacious terraces - is scheduled for completion in 2021. Ranging in size from 700 to 19,000 square feet (65 to 1765 square metres), the residences and penthouses carry price tags ranging from $US600,000 ($A785,430) to more than $US50 million ($65.5m). 

At September’s Monaco Yacht Show, Aston Martin also announced plans to partner with US submersibles manufacturer Triton to make a limited number of submersibles which would “redefine luxury for a select few”. The vessels will reportedly carry up to three people and are rumoured to cost about $US4 million ($A5.2m).

Speaking about the furniture partnership with Formitalia, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, says they’ve used the design language from the company’s cars, showrooms and furniture to create a luxurious feeling which emphasises the marque’s quality and detailed execution. 

“When you create a product that flawlessly combines design, technology and style, the result can be most rewarding,” Reichman says.