Although a bit of a sleeper concept here in Geneva, the Cambiano from Pininfarina has some delicious detailing that is certainly worth a mention. My particular favorite is the recycled wood used in the floor and door panels.
A gorgeous naturally stained oak, it’s full of character, including wormholes, streaks of color, and cracks from decades spent underwater in Venice harbor as piles. This lends them a rough quality that sits in stunning contrast to the immaculate leather and nubuck used in the rest of the interior. A beautiful and quintessentially Italian material that lends the Cambiano a human touch that many of the concepts at Geneva are lacking, and that shows Chief Designer Fabio Filippini’s experience in working on interiors at Renault.
There’s something endearing, romantic and entirely befitting of the ‘Italian way’ of crafting car design about a wooden buck. Fittingly then, Pininfarina will sell you a 10th scale one of either the Birdcage concept or a Dino for €500.
They sit alongside four of the coolest crash helmets we’ve seen recently.
Let’s just hope that when its Cambiano concept and the new Ferrari F12 are unveiled later on, they have the same ‘want one’ quality.
This might be a bit strong, but I’d say the Ferrari FF was a candidate for production car design of the show. Some don’t agree and see it as a missed opportunity, but it is undeniable that the FF is a far better proposal for a typology that sees the Panamera occupy a space in the garage.
Designed under the direction of Lowie Vermeersch, former Design Director at Pininfarina, work on the shooting brake concept initially started following the creation of the Sintesi show car of 2007. Ferrari bosses were keen on seeing the car developed from that initial premise, according to insiders, but the project eventually went to Guigiaro’s Italdesign. After Italdesign created an angular proposal, the project again landed in Pininfarina who picked up the ball took it down the pitch.
The result is quite a departure for Ferrari, but undoubtedly a better flagship than the outgoing 612. Though Ferrari purists may hate it, we feel the time is right for such a car from the Pancing Horse brand.