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2018 June 13 07:39

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MINI LIVING Urban Cabin: a micro-apartment concept travels the world.

Big life. Small footprint.

2018 June 13 07:39

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MINI LIVING Urban Cabin: a micro-apartment concept travels the world.

Munich/Los Angeles. At the LA Design Festival from 7 – 10 June 2018, MINI presents the MINI LIVING Urban Cabin in Los Angeles. The micro-apartment concept was developed in an unused attic space in downtown LA in collaboration with local architect duo FreelandBuck.

The Urban Cabin in LA is now the third interpretation of a concept developed by MINI LIVING last year; there are to be five in all. The Urban Cabin provides temporary living space with a high degree of flexibility and lots of possibilities – on a surface area of just 15 m2. One particular design focus is the local identity and culture of the specific location in each case. After London, New York City and now Los Angeles, there are plans to implement the project in Beijing and Tokyo during the second half of the year.

In pursuing this concept, MINI is taking the first step towards a global network of creative apartment solutions in which the idea is to make residents feel at home, regardless of the city they live in. "We're working on our own very distinct interpretation of co-living. Our aim is to enable a genuine sense of community, opening doors and creating public space," explains Esther Bahne, Head of Strategy and Innovation MINI. "Our installations and visionary formats seek to explore a whole new range of possibilities in the creative use of space, and we're now putting what we've learned into practice in the form of real-life construction projects. In Shanghai we're currently working on our first hub with more than 50 apartments complete with shared and public space: this is due to open in April next year." The Urban Cabins anticipate the real-life MINI LIVING buildings in terms of their concept and design.

Big life. Small footprint.

The MINI LIVING Urban Cabins offer as much living quality as possible within a small space. They are made up of three formal elements. The two outer modules are the living and sleeping area on one side and the bathroom and kitchen on the other; these two elements are designed by the MINI LIVING team. The third part – an experiential space with the character of an installation – is defined by MINI as an empty space, and for each cabin, a local architects' bureau is invited to fill it out. The theme selected always has to be relevant to the specific location. The two living areas have a perforated metal facade on the outside. The transparency, lighting, spatial impression and character change during the course of the day. On the inside, the look is created by combining wood with surprising, modern materials. "Creative use of space" – the core MINI principle – is reflected down to the last detail in smart, space-saving solutions: push, fold, rotate and fold mechanisms enable various use scenarios for day and night. Portholes, windows and fold-out shelves also allow residents to make flexible use of private and shared space: the Urban Cabins open outwards – one of the fundamental principles of MINI LIVING.

The approach of the cabins not only seeks to address the decrease in available living space as well as the rise in prices and the drop in living quality that this involves but also provide a corrective for the global spread of more homogeneous architecture and the resulting loss of cultural identity and variation.

Next stop: Los Angeles
Los Angeles residents attach great importance to being connected to the natural environment.

The MINI LIVING Urban Cabin in LA addresses this in a downtown setting by providing an urban oasis. In the cabin's experiential space, architect duo FreelandBuck from Los Angeles created a hanging garden along with perforated areas to let in plenty of air and light. The duo also designed two nested cubes that produce a kaleidoscopic visual effect. The result is an atmospheric interplay of light refractions and visual illusions – a kind of trompe l'oeil. The outwardly protruding hanging garden combined with this suggestive play of light conveys to visitors the sense of being in the countryside – even though it is in the middle of the city.

Looking ahead: the global village
After the MINI LIVING Urban Cabins in London, New York and now LA, further stops are planned for the concept this year. The next ones will be at House Vision in Beijing and Design Art in Tokyo. In both cases, local architects will be contributing their individual perspective. The five Urban Cabins provide a foretaste of the various functions and spaces in the MINI LIVING building, the first co-living project in China which is due to open in Shanghai in 2019. Together these form a global village of MINI LIVING initiatives that map out a potential pathway to the future of urban living.

The MINI LIVING Urban Cabin is on show from 7 to 10 June 2018 at the LA Design Festival.

2018 June 13 07:45

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40th International Mini Meeting: THE Venue for Fans of the British Original.

A festival weekend characterized by driving fun and individual style awaits visitors to the International Mini Meeting

2018 June 13 07:45

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40th International Mini Meeting: THE Venue for Fans of the British Original.

Munich/Praia de Mira. A festival weekend characterized by driving fun and individual style awaits visitors to the International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2018 in Portuguese Praia de Mira. From 17 – 21 May 2018, fans of the traditional British brand from across Europe and beyond will descend upon the seaside resort, which is situated approximately 100 kilometres south of Porto on the Atlantic coast. The International Mini Meeting is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is taking place for the first time in Portugal.

Organizers at Clube Mini de Portugal expect several thousand to attend the anniversary event, most of whom will be arriving in their own vehicles – some in classic Minis, first introduced in 1959, and others in modern MINIs, conquering roads around the world since 2001.

The festival site, situated between a wide stretch of sandy beach and an upstream lagoon, will be abound with live music, sporting competitions, vehicle exhibitions and will also feature a part and accessory market. Further activities at the IMM weekend include group trips to the surrounding area and a convoy drive on the streets around the festival site.

The global and cross-class character of the British compact car original is particularly underlined at the International Mini Meeting. The event is a calendar highlight for the international Mini Club scene. Participants travel hundreds, if not thousands, of kilometres to present their carefully cared for classic Minis or individually styled MINIs to other enthusiasts and to enjoy the unique community experience.

Organizers of the IMM 2018 are dedicating each day of the event to a different classic Mini of historical importance. As well as honouring the Mini Moke, the Mini Clubman and the Mini Van amongst others, two important model anniversaries will also be celebrated at Praia de Mira.

The Mini Cooper S was introduced to the market by the British producer 55 years ago. Thanks to a more than two-fold increase in capacity to 70 hp, this model became the most powerful variant of the classic Mini. An improved braking system with servo assistance ensured that, similar to the sprinting power, the retardancy was also increased. The Mini Cooper S laid the foundation for a legendary motor sporting career culminating in three total wins at the Monte Carlo Rally.

25 years have passed since the premiere of the Mini Convertible. The production of an open-air variant of the classic Mini can be traced back to an initiative led by the German manufacturer, which presented the body reconstruction in 1991. Those responsible for MINI at the time in the Rover Headquarters were so impressed with the concept that they decided to build a series vehicle at the British plant in Longbridge. In the summer of 1993 the first vehicles were delivered to sun loving fans of the classic Mini.


For further details on official fuel consumption figures, official specific CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars, please refer to the "Manual on fuel consumption, CO2emissions and power consumption of new cars", available at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html. Manual CO2 (PDF - 2.7 MB)

2018 June 13 08:15

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MINI Scouting Menswear collection debuts at South African Fashion Week.

MINI South Africa and South African Fashion Week (SAFW) showcased their debut tonight at the 2018 Spring/Summer collection at a striking new venue on Sandton City’s rooftop.

2018 June 13 08:15

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MINI Scouting Menswear collection debuts at South African Fashion Week.

MINI Scouting Menswear collection debuts at South African Fashion Week

 

Midrand. MINI South Africa and South African Fashion Week (SAFW) showcased their debut tonight at the 2018 Spring/Summer collection at a striking new venue on Sandton City’s rooftop.

 

Earlier this year, MINI joined forces with SAFW to showcase MINI Scouting Menswear, in association with GQ Magazine. The competition, previously known as SAFW Scouting Menswear, is in line with the global MINI FASHION strategy that has seen the brand open itself to new ideas and areas of business.

 

In its element

 

The competition closed for entries in February, but was open to fashion designers intent on establishing their brands within the South African fashion industry.

 

“Since its creation in 1959, the MINI brand has always stood for ideas, inspiration and passion. That will not change,” said Thilosh Moodally, Head of MINI South Africa. “We want to support upcoming talent through the MINI Scouting Menswear competition, as well as celebrate bold, new statements within South Africa’s men’s fashion scene. We congratulate all the designers who supported this proud initiative.

 

“Inspired by its natural habitat – the city – MINI’s line-up includes the hatchback (three- and five-door), Convertible, Clubman and Countryman. This partnership again shows MINI raise the bar for a top-class design experience that now extends beyond the vehicles,” Moodally concluded.

 

Fashion forward

Congratulations to Sandile Mlambo, designer of Kumkani Bespoke, who is the 2018 winner of MINI Scouting Menswear.

 

Kumkani Bespoke brought the African Warrior to life on the SAFW runway and will be given the opportunity to showcase its collection at 2019 SAFW Autumn/Winter collection (scheduled for October 2018), as well as an all-expenses paid trip to Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence, Italy. Pitti Immagine is a fashion-centric show held annually in Italy. The Pitti Uomo fair, meanwhile, focuses exclusively on men’s fashion and has taken place in Florence twice a year since 1972. Both events promote young, aspiring and sometimes unconventional fashion labels.

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