Automotive meets interior design in the Rinspeed Oasis concept car

03 January 2017
The making of the Oasis marked the second time that Stahl partnered up with Rinspeed, the leading innovator when it comes to creating inspiring and forward-looking mobility concepts. Based on the premise that people spend a considerable amount of time in their cars, the theme of the Oasis concept car was ‘the 3rd living space of the future’. Interior design was pivotal in this regard and that’s where Stahl came in. Our innovative and sustainable solutions are used in the entire interior of the concept car. From sustainable tanned leather car seats, comfortable armchair seats to a special crystal effect solution in the color Mystic Jungle.

Sustainability, comfort and haptics lead the way
As the car interior material surfaces expert, we are inspired by working together with leading brands from various fields. We did it with the Rinspeed ?tos and now again with the Rinspeed Oasis. Sustainability and haptics were leading in our interior design. We used various top-notch solutions for the seats, door-trims, dashboard and the steering wheel - all fitting Rinspeed´s revolutionary vision of the 3rd living space of the future. With mystically glittering surfaces that respond to changing ambient lighting and viewing angles as one of the key highlights.

Furthermore, we took on the challenge of creating a long-lasting, snow white colored leather interior with a lush atmosphere that will maintain its luxurious appearance over time. Extra attention was paid to the coatings in regard to noise reduction. As cars are getting more silent every year, all the more so since the introduction of – and change to - electric cars, the importance of non-squeaking materials was paramount. As was a pleasant touch of the car seats. After all, we were working on the 3rd living space of the future. 

The interior of the Rinspeed Oasis concept car is all about innovative and sustainable solutions that inspire and surprise the user. For Stahl, this was a great challenge as we could do what we do best: push the boundaries for achieving better end-products and helping to create a better future at the same time.

Our premium solutions
The ultimate eye-catcher is the small garden on the sideboard, which adds the element of nature to the car to make it a true third living space. With our next-gen car interior technologies, we contributed significantly to a sustainable car interior with reduced emissions, smell and, consequently, clean and fresh air for the passenger. 

How? All leather used in the car is tanned with a technology called Stahl EasyWhite Tan™. This technology is free of metals and improves sustainability credentials regarding water usage, energy and chemicals. Furthermore, the tanning system gives an intrinsic whitish color to leather, the ideal starting point for white and very pale-colored natural looking leather. Along with this alternative tanning method, we used other sustainable products such as bio-based PolyMatte®. A bio-based finishing creating long-lasting matt surfaces with a warm feel and pleasant touch. This makes the concept car a perfect co-operation between nature and innovation: ‘Good for me, good for the world.’

Design freedom
To improve the driving experience even further, we added a special crystal effect solution in the color Mystic Jungle. This revealed new design freedom: mystically glittering surfaces that respond to changing ambient lighting and viewing angles. Along with sustainable and surprising elements, we took on the challenge of creating a long-lasting interior with pure white colors. That is why we used our best-in-class technology Stay Clean to protect the car upholstery from dirt and stains. This way we created a pure white high-performance cover material, bringing the long-desired design intent “snow white” closer to automotive reality than ever before. 

These innovations are only a glimpse of the possibilities, which can be created with excellent partnership and the urge to search for the unknown. 

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