Toyota‘s wooden Setsuna concept heads to Milan Design Week
Toyota has previewed a design experiment, the Setsuna concept, that will be headed to Milan Design Week.
Built mostly from wood, the open-top roadster is said to symbolize how cars transform in the eyes of their owners over the years. The name is a Japanese word that translates to ‘moment.’
“With the Setsuna concept, Toyota is expressing the notion that, as a family accrues time and experiences together with their car, lovingly caring for it and passing it on to the next generation, that car will acquire a new type of value that only the members of that family can appreciate,” the company says.
Designers chose a range of distinctive wood types for different pieces of the car, including the exterior panels, frame, floor and seats. Panels are joined using the okuri ari technique (dovetails), without the need for any screws or nails.
The two seater features open wheels and a curved exterior that resembles a boat hull. Toyota suggests the wood will eventually develop a complex character over the years, while a 100-year meter will “keep time over generations.”
The Setsuna will be on display at the Milan exhibition next month.