Irvine, California, USA
Southern California-based luxury electric automaker Karma Automotive has launched a glimpse of the first results of its partnership with the iconic Italian luxury design and engineering house Pininfarina.
The result is the Pininfarina-designed car, along with a next-generation luxury electric Revero and an all-electric Karma Vision concept.
The Karma GT designed by Pininfarina SpA respects the Revero’s recognizable proportions, but its exterior is drastically different.
Most notably, this is a two-door coupe, which required Pininfarina to build new body sides from the ground up.
The car expresses its unique personality through choice modifications made by Pininfarina.
Surface language is simplified, with relaxed shoulders and a softer feature line, and the Karma GT designed by Pininfarina has flush door handles in order to keep body volumes as pure as possible.
A tasteful contrasting black roof complements bone gray paint, and trim work is finished in either piano black or smoked gun metal gray.
Karma GT designed by Pininfarina’s front end is more aggressive, with a symmetrically slatted grille and squinty LED headlights.
The outside corners of the front fascia kick upward to match the dramatically styled, cross-cutting rocker panels that ground the GT. A pair of boomerang-shaped LED taillights frame an elegant, powerful rear end.
The Karma GT designed by Pininfarina’s seductive, sucked-in waistline looks best in plane view, but its proud stance is better appreciated from a crouch.
White and off-white leathers blanket the bright, inviting interior, and elegant burgundy piping underlines the main shapes of the cabin and contrasts nicely with the creamy leather.
The seats feature a new quilting scheme to emphasize the sensation of comfort. Bits of soft, velvetlike nubuck hide and satin aluminum trim create a modern atmosphere with a hint of old-world sophistication.
Multi-tone stitching adds to the atmosphere of the carefully elevated interior, and a small, embossed Italian flag on the seat backrests is a playful reminder of the Karma GT designed by Pininfarina ’s providence.
“Karma is united in spirit with Pininfarina through our shared commitment to stunning design, and we are excited about the reaction we anticipate the end result of our partnership will generate,” said Karma CEO, Dr. Lance Zhou.
Perched on the upper levels of Gardenhouse, the Sky Villas boast abundant natural light, beautiful
gathering spaces, and expansive views across the city. Each of these two-story, three-bedroom residences feature soaring ceiling heights, floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom-designed sculptural staircases connecting lower and upper floors.
The Sky Villas are appointed with spacious interior living spaces of up to 2,900 square feet that open to generous outdoor living areas and private terraces. The exteriors, clad in a stunning architectural façade of aluminum composite panels, reinterpret the classical proportions of each residence in a contemporary aesthetic.
“Gardenhouse represents a unique opportunity to impact not only the architecture of Los Angeles but to introduce a new paradigm of living on the West Coast where humans are more emotionally connected to nature, particularly in high-density cities like Los Angeles,” said Ma Yansong, Founder and Principal Partner, MAD Architects.
“The world-class architecture and interiors at Gardenhouse offers residents a signature custom home with airy, contemporary design that offers the perfect backdrop for a serene way of life that has never been available in the heart of the city before,” states Ken Simpson, Vice President at Palisades, the developer of Gardenhouse.
Designers: Pininfarina SpA
Manufacturer: Karma Automotive LLC.