Welcome to the 29th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.
This month | Focus | features Toyota’s unique “Setsuna”
Toyota’s Setsuna is the most unique car to debut this year and this classic styled car is made almost entirely of wood. The car was called Setsuna, meaning “moment” in Japanese, to reflect that cars contribute to the lives and memories of people. The Wood used to craft this little roadster was Japanese Cedar, Zelkova and Birch. It was crafted by using only traditional Japanese carpentry techniques that don’t involve the use of nails. The body of the car is made of 86 bespoke handmade wooden panels, each of which are secured tightly together by traditional Japanese interlocking techniques called Okuriari and Kusabi. The exterior panels are made of Japanese Cedar due to its flexibility, while Japanese birch is used for the vehicle’s frame because of its rigidity. On the inside the seats are made out of Japanese Zelkova, which is a wood often used for the crafting of ornaments. The craftsmanship of the Setsuna is more of a work of art than it is a car. This is a car you’d want to pass down to the next generation, not as a beat up first car but as a family heirloom. A very special feature of this car would be the dial on the dashboard that counts time in hours, days and years, this is a tracker for your grandchildren or even your great-grandchildren to know exactly how old the car is. This adds more sentimental value to the vehicle for the next generation of the family tree. The company has said that the wood’s characteristics will change over time, depending on how the car is looked after. Factors that would cause the change in characteristics would be the temperature and humidity levels it is exposed to. The idea is that as the Setsuna ages, it’ll change and pick up the personalities of its owners and the everyday lives they lived. Considering the extraordinary and ever-growing market for classic cars and renovations this is a timeless piece not to be missed.
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“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell