smart mobile disco by Konstantin Grcic: smart ready to party

smart mobile disco by Konstantin Grcic: smart ready to party

Apr 13, 2018

Stuttgart/Milan. smart has revolutionised urban mobility and pioneered innovative services that stand for joie de vivre in the city. The same now goes for night-life, too: with the smart mobile disco, the brand has developed an unusual workstation for DJs – with DJ booth, mixer console, fog machine and various light effects. The show car was created by product designer Konstantin Grcic. JBL, smart's long-standing audio partner, provided the professional sound equipment. The unusual smart was one of the highlights at the preview of "Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today" at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein on 16 March. The exhibition will run until 9 September 2018. The show car will make its next public appearance at a smart party during the "Salone del Mobile Milano" (17 to 22 April), the world's largest furniture trade fair, which draws some 350,000 visitors each year: a smart party featuring the smart mobile disco will take place in the centre of Milan on 17 April, beginning at 7 p.m.

"The smart mobile disco is a great symbol of the smart brand's links with club culture – a scene that draws people together, forges bonds and brings joy," says smart boss Dr Annette Winkler. "The many different facets of club culture all embrace a departure from given norms, a different way of looking at things and the courage to try out something new. This is what links the club culture with smart. Visionary thinking and a passion to keep questioning the status quo encapsulate smart's aims and its essential attitude."

The smart mobile disco is based on a smart EQ fortwo (combined power consumption: 13.0-12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km[i]). The interior now accommodates the equipment for operating the lifting platform on which the DJ's booth is installed. The booth can be raised and is fitted out with various items of equipment, including a mixer console and gooseneck microphone. Laminated side supports stabilise the smart mobile disco when in use for deejaying.

A fog machine located behind the radiator grille blows smoke onto the dance floor. A host of different light effects are on board to conjure up the ultimate disco fever: the smart is fitted with LED headlamps, which project an animated light show onto the dance floor. A stroboscope inside the vehicle sets the smart flashing at the push of a button. There is an LED matrix on either side of the boom, and a spotlight which can be turned in any direction is also part of the show. The smart mobile disco's alloy wheels are back-lit, and the show car’s underbody is also illuminated.

smart is a global sponsor of the exhibition "Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today", which will be on show from 17 March to 9 September 2018 at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The exhibition has been designed by Konstantin Grcic. The smart mobile disco was evolved in the course of this collaboration.

Back in 2015, smart and JBL produced arguably the world's smallest mobile concert location in the guise of the smart forgigs study.

Club sound for production vehicles, too: JBL sound system

The smart mobile disco is a one-off model and not for sale. But with the JBL sound system a unique sound experience is possible in all new-generation smarts. The JBL sound system develops impressive sound volume and incorporates a 6‑channel DSP amplifier (240 watts) in the fortwo and an 8‑channel DSP amplifier (320 watts) on board the forfour. A total of eight (fortwo) or twelve (forfour) high-performance loudspeakers provide for outstanding sound quality: one broadband centre loudspeaker, two tweeters in the mirror triangle, two lower mid-range speakers in the doors (on the forfour additionally in the rear doors), two broadband rear-fill loudspeakers and in the fortwo a removable woofer on the left-hand side of the luggage compartment. The woofer is simple to remove without needing tools, should more space be required in the luggage compartment.

About Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic (*1965) learned cabinet making at the John Makepeace School in Dorset, England, before going on to study design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since establishing his own design studio, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID), in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lights for a number of leading companies.

Many of Grcic's products have won international design awards, and some works are included in the permanent collections of leading design museums (including MoMA, New York and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris).

He has curated a number of design exhibitions, such as DESIGN-REAL for The Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), COMFORT for the St. Etienne Design Biennale (2010) or black2 for the Istituto Svizzero in Rome (2010). He is currently responsible for the design of the exhibition "Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today".

Vitra Design Museum

As one of the leading design museums worldwide, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein focuses on design and architecture in the past and the present. A further key area of work at the museum centres on exploring and presenting design-related topics. This gives rise to up to ten exhibitions annually. "Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today" at the Vitra Design Museum is the first comprehensive exhibition tracing the history of club design over six decades. As a global sponsor of the exhibition, smart is promoting the worldwide "Night Fever" tour. The exhibition will be open to visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until 9 September 2018.

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[1] The figures stated were determined according to the prescribed measuring process. They constitute the NEDC CO2 figures in accordance with Art. 2, no. 1 of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures.

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