The Playboy Land Yacht Concept by Syd Mead (1975)
... you'll see that the yacht's pointed nose serves two functions: It provides the aerodynamic styling that a machine of this size demands and it allows for the four lounge seats up front to be arranged at a 45-degree angle to the axis of the vehicle, thus saving considering interior space.
For night driving, the yacht's front lighting consists of two swing-down iodine quartz lamps, plus four normal high/low/intermediate lights, which are folded back when off, swinging out against adjustable stops (for proper aiming) when the sliding cover door is activated. In addition, a front-scanning infrared lamp produces a wide-angle fan of radiation, for pickup on the yacht's console-mounted TV screen. What you see in the monitor is an infrared-filter view of the roadway.
The nocturnal view — through the rear window — shows the expandable bathroom wall. Atop is the sun deck; when traveling, a bubble of air arches over the space so that the deck can be open. Obviously, the couple pictured here couldn't care less about all of this.
Conversation format - When our land yacht is parked, its brain box (front center) can be closed and pivoted to double as a cocktail table. The bath is shown with its door cut away; to its left are the food-prep unit and audio-video center. At rear, you see the open-air skylight with its electronic sun deck partially lowered.
Sleeping Format - This is the rear lounge — and that bed, gentlemen, measures seven feet by six feet. In the center, below the TV and the movie projector (a screen rolls down over the rear window, foreground), is the bar capsule; it's lined with crushed velvet, like the phone container to its right.
“There are more people in the world who make things than there are people who think of things to make.”
- Syd Mead
Для всех ценителей ретро футуризма - концепт 1975 года, разработанный Сидом Мидом (Syd Mead)
в космическом стиле, для журнала Playboy.
Привлекательная идея для любого мужчины - тусовочная яхта на колесах, на которой можно закатить вечеринку в стиле Плэйбой! Тут и верхняя палуба с кожаными диванами для приема солнечных ванн, настоящая ванная комната, аудио-видео центр, кухня, бар и даже чилаут. Но самое интересное - это кабина управления, достойная космического корабля: множество приборов, джойстики, камеры внешнего вида для лучшего обзора, радары, рации, инфракрасное освещение и приборы ночного видения.
Передняя часть автомобиля, для лучшей аэродинамики, выполнена в виде носа лодки - здесь расположены 4 кресла, повернутые, для экономии пространства, на 45 градусов относительно продольной оси автомобиля.
The swinging 60s stoked the fire for Hugh Hefner’s bathrobe and tobacco pipe aesthetic. The 70s witnessed the ascension of Playboy to the zenith of popular culture, and Hefner became the envy of every red blooded American male; beautiful women, wild all-night parties, and a lenient attitude toward drugs. The magazine came to represent the culture of the 70s, with Hefner branding himself as a bon vivant and man about town. If Playboy became Hefner’s platform for promoting his hedonistic lifestyle, then the design of the Playboy Land Yacht was his chariot.
In 1975, Playboy magazine commissioned futurist designer Syd Mead to illustrate the Playboy Land Yacht, a self-driving futuristic bachelor pad on (six) wheels. Mead has thought of everything in the design of this ‘great american dream machine’ concept, from a rooftop padded sun deck to a retractable movie projector screen to a crushed velvet interior to a ‘bar capsule’ and more. If you take a look in the rear window, you can see a gentleman making use of the giant 7′ X 6′ bed.
Concept artist and “visual futurist” Syd Mead is most famously known for his studio work on the science-fiction films Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron; but his creative work has spanned the realms of architecture, vehicle design, and interiors. Mead’s emphasis on blending the unique ideals of futurism and believability helped to set him apart and he attributes his success in the creative realm to an assertion that imagination and the idea supersede technique.
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