The world lost an icon this January, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor, David Bowie. While Bowie is most noted for his accomplishments in the performing arts, he also studied design (among other things) before embarking on his music career in 1963.
In 1999, London’s Design Museum honored another icon, the quintessentially British classic Mini. On the 40th anniversary of the Alec Issigonis design, the museum ran a celebrity design contest featuring entries from Designer Paul Smith, model Kate Moss, and The Thin White Duke himself. Bowie’s entry was a Mini which is completely covered in mirror plating, including the windows.
When asked about the design, Bowie explained ““I wanted to make something that could not be distinguished from its surroundings. It’s the Emperor’s new clothes. It becomes very hard to see as the viewers own image becomes the interface.”
Today, the Bowie Mini resides at the BMW Museum in Munich.
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