Variability is paramount
In Daniel’s vision, the new 1203 stands on the Transporter platform that is also used by Volkswagen Group. But it could easily be all-electric as well. “An electric car would allow for an even better use of space,” he says. The interior is dominated by a minimalist dashboard, which also features distinctive horizontal articulation, and a horizontal two-spoke steering wheel.
The shelf in the shape of an upside-down wing in the lower part of the dashboard is also a nod to the historic 1203. This shelf contains storage space and, interestingly, is retractable. “A slide-out shelf could get in the way in a normal car, but in a van it’s practical.”
As far as infotainment is concerned, at first sight it might seem that Daniel failed to capitalise on his special skills. As a designer of user interfaces, his work deals with the appearance and functioning of infotainment systems, but his 1203 doesn’t actually have one. “The idea is that the driver uses his own device, like a smartphone or tablet, to access this information,” says Daniel, adding that he could, of course, design a special app for these devices to control the vehicle’s functions. The dashboard only has a small information display behind the steering wheel and next to the ventilation vents. The display is mirrored by a plate bearing the model's name in front of the passenger seat.
Daniel sketched his 1203 with a biro and finished it off on the computer. “It’s my favourite way of working. What’s more, I always have a biro with me. Using it leaves no room for mistakes, and a felt-tip makes a fairly characteristic line, so my sketches are a bit different: less dynamic and more illustrative,” he explains.