The craftspeople at the heart of the restoration and creation of luxury cars
Discover how the skills of European master artisans contribute to the automotive world in this fascinating exhibition. Whether assembling a 12 cylinder engine, hand painting bodywork, hand stitching car seats or customising interiors, the hand of the artisan has always been essential to the creation of luxury cars. Visitors can see how the master restorers from the Italian workshop Cremonini Classic breathe new life into magnificent vintage cars. At the other end of the spectrum, Lamborghini will reveal how fine craftsmanship is synchronized with 4.0 technology to create a state-of-the-art supercar. Special attention will be given to a young generation of artisans, designers and engineers, who will be called on to collaborate on a unique project.
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Simon Kidston is a world expert on cars. He began his career in the car auction department at Coys in London, before co-founding Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva, spending the next decade staging high-profile car sale events. In 2006 he set up an independent consultancy for motor car collectors around the world. He has been involved in several heritage events for historic cars including Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance at Goodwood, UK, and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa Este in Italy. He also writes a monthly column for Classic Cars magazine.
Nicolas Le Moigne is a designer and professor at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. For more than ten years, he has headed the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship. This unique course allows the students to work in close collaboration with prestigious maisons, which can draw on a heritage of a hundred years or more, and to further their design education in areas of excellence as varied as fine watchmaking, tableware, fashion, gastronomy and the métiers d’art, or to learn particular techniques with regards to the use of noble materials and craftsmanship.