It can be said that all design is rooted in the struggle of form and function. Each decision that a creator makes is a tug in one direction or the other. But good design never lies on linear scale. That is, success isn’t found in the ability to defeat one side or the other. Form at the expense of function is useless, an object d’art that can be discarded annually as the prevailing trends change. Function without the consideration of form, however, is nothing more than a tool or applicance. Good design, rather, is weaving these elements together in concert with one another, allowing each decision, regardless of purpose, to support one another. American architect Louis Sullivan writes, “Ornament and structure were integral; their subtle rhythm sustained a high emotional tension, yet produced a sense of serenity. But the building’s identity resided in the ornament. It was the spirit animating the mass and flowing from it, and it expressed the individuality of the building.” Form, therefore, becomes the eyes through which we are drawn into the function of the end result.
The innovative custom wheel choices available within the industry today has seen many different implementations with cars and their owners. The choices available in finishes and styles have almost become an extension of the driver themselves, illustrating the persona that lies beneath. For Alfa Rein, this is most definitely the case!
This week we bring you some crisp new wallpapers from the other side of the globe! PJ Moran is a talented young photographer based in Australia that I stumbled across in my daily browsing and he was excited to share these photos of two s2000’s he recently shot. These two gorgeous cars happen to reside under the same roof and belong to two cousins… how cool is that?
There are few experiences as amazing as stepping into a new car. Every sense is stimulated by the freshest in ICE technologies, the sounds of the newest engines, and that oh-so-distinctive, irreplicable new car smell. The cars that are being made today are faster, better-appointed, and more efficient than ever. And yet, the vintage scene is larger than it’s ever been before. Classic muscle car enthusiasts are currently spending tens of thousands of dollars creating Pro-Touring cars out of 35 year old Detroit iron, import fans are hunting down seemingly forgotten Japanese performance models, and wheel companies are re-releasing wheels that five years ago would have been easily found in a junkyard. Every time the scene delivers an unworldly 1000 HP GTR or LF-A, a mint condition Hakosuka or 2000GT rises up from the annals of history to remind us that newer doesn’t exactly mean better.
While I was over in Australia, I drove down to Melbourne for a couple days, and the owner of this beautiful Platinum Pearl White S2000, Vyet Le, was kind enough to show me around. He has owned the car for around 3 years now, and originally, it was supposed to be a clean, streetable car with the ability to hit up the track every now and then. After an accident though, everything changed. The insurance company wanted to just get rid of it, but Vyet felt a real connection to this car, and decided it wasn’t time to let it go. He bought it back, and repaired it.
Back at the end of June our good friend Jordan Donnelly was in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and got this gorgeous shot of Allen and Pierre’s S14s. We figured you guys were in need of a new desktop wallpaper too!
A few weeks ago our friends from Australia over at THE-LOWDOWN.com caught up with their friend Chook to check out his Mazda MX-5 that he has been modifying for quite some time now. This thing is slammed, static, daily driven and rocking a fresh set of Work Equip 03 wheels (15×8 -3). What a killer combo! A full respray for this beauty is on Chooks to do list next. This will not be the last time you see this thing on our site.
There’s the people you meet once and you’ll never forget, and there’s the people you might see every day and never know. The same can be said about cars. I like to think that every car has a presence, a personality so to speak, however lack luster or intriguing they might be, it exists. Out of the hundreds of thousands of cars out there only a few have that intangible character, that demeanor, THAT form that leaves a lasting impression in our memory.
It’s the middle of winter right now in Australia, but that will never stop enthusiasts from getting together. Canibeat affiliate photographer Jordan Donnelly has returned home from his quick tour of the land down under, and these shots came from a weekend meet in his last few days in Sydney. Local parts supplier, JDM Yard, hosted the event with a little help from JDM Style Tuning and THE-LOWDOWN.com. Despite the cold temperature and bitter wind, the sun was shining and a huge crowd of quality cars turned up.
Check out this super clean Vertex Ridge S15 taken by our friends over at THE-LOWDOWN.com. You can expect a full feature by Jordan Donnelly of this beauty right here very soon. Until then enjoy this shot!