SEPTEMBER 2017 – NOW HIRING – JUNIOR DESIGNER |

Astheimer is a world class design studio that works with forward thinking clients in a collaborative way to develop the products of the future.

Pushing the boundaries, we work in varied sectors including automotive, marine, furniture, interiors, FMCG and technology. This diversity gives us a deep understanding of market trends, customer needs and desires, the latest materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.

Our advanced design facility in Warwick, UK features state of the art hardware and software, and a fully equipped workshop.

We are currently looking for a highly talented junior designer to join our small but growing team.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ROLE PROFILE

For more information contact:
Carsten@Astheimerltd.com

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THE FUTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE |

There is no doubt that the future of the automobile will be dominated by electric vehicles, Volvo has announced that by 2019 all their cars will be electric or hybrid, Porsche has stated that their future is electric, full stop, and electric power is increasingly used in motorsport because of its performance advantages.  There is also an inevitability of autonomous vehicles, although the speed of adoption and type of integration is less certain. The main factors effecting the success of these technologies will be their cost, infrastructure, legislation and most importantly the reaction of the market and how willing it is to adopt them.

At Astheimer, our experience, continual research and talented designers help our clients shape the automotive solutions of the future and we are working on numerous projects in this area, including several autonomous vehicle solutions, vertical take-off planes and boats, most of which are confidential.   One that we can share with you is the Deliver-E prototype, an electric commercial vehicle designed for the increasing need of inner city mobility solutions to deliver online shopping, mail and food etc.

We designed and developed this prototype in collaboration with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), which will use the prototype to showcase their advanced propulsion systems.

CLICK HERE to read the full case study

 

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BRITISH DESIGN SHOP – DESIGN AND CRAFT HAND IN HAND |

 

The Astheimer team have been working on two new collections for the British Design Shop.  The first samples have started to arrive……

Each individual piece that is created for the British Design Shop is shaped by the here and now, bringing distinctive style to everyday living. But created to last by blending enduring elegance with a respect for time honoured methods and carefully chosen, quality materials.

Designers and craftsmen working intuitively together to make classic designs of the future.

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CES LAS VEGAS 2017 – A DESIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE |

50 years of CES, my 5th consecutive year, lots of cool stuff, but no stand outs, this year was a year of transition – a bit like the world we live in!    It is always exciting to see the technologies that will change our lives:

Voice controlled everything, autonomous vehicles, robots, drones, 3 screened laptops, holographic head up displays, super thin TV’s and smart everything – hairbrushes, beds, toothbrushes, dog collars and even smart breast pumps!   CLICK HERE to view the full article

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It is fascinating to get a glimpse into the future and to the fantastic opportunities technology can bring to our lives, VR assisted medical devices, software that optimise materials and shapes to minimise material use and maximise strength.
However there were too many examples,especially from the large corporations, where every possible technology was applied to every device they make, and it leaves you asking the question – is this technology really a help or is it making the appliance and our lives more complicated?
I hope you enjoy what I found interesting…

Carsten

THE FIRST DRIVERLESS CARS |

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UK – MILTON KEYNES, 12th October, 2016. The first driverless two-seater cars carried passengers on a three-quarter-mile loop along a pedestrianised street in Milton Keynes. This was the first time in the UK the vehicles have been used outside tightly controlled test zones.

Oxbotica – linked Oxford University – provided the software which allowed the cars used in Milton Keynes to understand their surroundings. Astheimer design are proud to have designed and supplied enclosure parts to Oxbotica that were used to house the hardware installed into the cars.

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POLE POSITION – ASTHEIMER DESIGN NURBURGRING 24 HOUR RACE TROPHY |

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Nurburgring, Germany – 27th May 2016. A new addition to the Nurburgring 24 Hours this year was the ‘Glickenhaus Trophy’, donated by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, proudly designed by Astheimer. Team Owner and über-enthusiast James Glickenhaus presented the trophy to the Maro Engel, who set the fastest lap time in the top 30 qualifying session, which included the involvement of Glickenhaus’s own SCG 003 #702 car.

 

ASTHEIMER FEATURED IN NEW DESIGN MAGAZINE |

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Making it Count – Carsten Astheimer shares the story of Astheimer design consultancy as it goes from strength to strength.  Established in 2009, Astheimer works in partnership with global brands and emerging companies. Click here to download the full new design article from issue 122/2016.

 

NEWMAR 2017 KING AIRE LUXURY MOTOR COACH |

 

 

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Indiana, USA – we are delighted to announce the launch of the new Newmar 2017 King Air Luxury Motor Coach. Designed by ASTHEIMER.

Designed and engineered to represent the pinnacle of luxury travel, King Aire showcases the very latest in style, comfort and technology. For 2017, King Aire boasts a reimagined exterior, led by dynamic pair of front and rear caps dressed with full LED head and tail lights. Inside, you are greeted by a cockpit that further separates King Aire from its already distant competition. Contrasted cross stitching works its way across the dash, which houses a wireless non-slip charging pad, full LCD driver display and two 12.1” touch screens that can provide 360-degrees of outward visibility.

“When your goal is to build the very best, you will stop at nothing to deliver the greatest the world has ever seen.”
– Matt Miller, President, Newmar Corporation

www.newmarcorp.com

Koverton Ella wins IIDA Product Design award |

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Las Vegas, USA. We are proud to announce that the Ella outdoor lounge collection, designed by ASTHEIMER for Koverton, is the winner of the 2016 International Interior Design Assocation Product Design award. (Shown here with lemon upholstery) It was awarded at the prestigious Hospitality Design Expo 2016 at the Mandalay Bay hotel, 4th May 2016.

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Astheimer Open Day |

Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Day last week at our new studio and workshop in Warwick.

More than 70 visitors, friends, colleagues, and partners were welcomed throughout the afternoon. They were treated to a tour, demonstrations, and lots of home-made Italian food and refreshments. Everyone also left their mark paint balling onto canvases that will be hung in the reception area as a reminder of the great day.

We hope those of you who were unable to visit will drop by to see us soon.

Thank you to you all for making our day most memorable.

Russell Gillott (centre) demonstrates tech design to visitors
Russell Gillott (centre) demonstrates tech design to visitors
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Tim Moore (left) reviews Astheimer’s impressive work in the marine sector with a guest
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Visitors from Epson view display boards of design projects
Visitors enjoy refreshments in the design studio
Visitors enjoy refreshments in the design studio

 

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CES Las Vegas 2016, Technology Trends |

CES is the biggest Consumer Electronics Show in the world, and it is where you will see how technology will shape our world and what it will bring to our lives in the future from Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, the smart house, the autonomous car, everything connected to everything and everything wireless.

It is an intoxicating mix of new ideas from small start up companies like the Bluetooth key less padlock from Noke, to some ground breaking ideas from the major players like the transparent TV from Panasonic, and the launch of new companies like Future Faraday with a spectacular concept car.

See the full report via LinkedIn

New Studio opens for Business |

January 2016 saw the ASTHEIMER studio open and fully functional. We have refurbished a light industrial unit with 200 metres square of studio space, and 200 square metres of workshop space.

Light and space define the studio giving the creative team a comfortable and inspiring environment to work in.

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New Premises |

 Warwick, UK – ASTHEIMER  invests in new premises

 ASTHEIMER has bought new offices in Warwick at St George’s Business Park, and we expect to be calling it home by mid-November.  The premises will host 200 square metres of studio space and 200 square metres of workshop which will allow us to expand as a team and to expand our services from concept development to final prototyping in-house. As a result of this we have hired a further two talented team members:

Sina Rahmani is an extraordinary concept designer and technology expert – have a look at his thesis project here
Alex Stewart is a meticulous and passionate design engineer – have a look at a fully developed project of his here

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CAT S40 |

Reading, UK – we are delighted to announce the launch of the new CAT S40 refined yet rugged smart phone. Designed by ASTHEIMER in partnership with the Bullitt group, The S40 is water, dust and shock-proof, boasts a large capacity battery and has glove-on and wet-finger tracking technology. Featuring 4G ultra-fast data, NFC, GPS, a 4.7”qHD screen and a dedicated, industry relevant app store, the S40 sets the bar for rugged smartphones

“The 4 x 4 of mobile phones: Caterpillar’s S40 rugged handset is made to withstand sun, water, dust and shocks” – Daily Mail

www.catphones.com

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February 2015 |

Tampa, USA – sees the launch of the 2016 American Eagle luxury Motorcoach

A fusion of bespoke elegance and progressive design, the 2016 American Eagle sets a new standard in luxury motorcoaches that is nothing short of magnificent. The evolutionary exterior design features a dramatic, artistic style complemented by a full-body, high-gloss finish. Modern design meets impeccable quality, power and technology to inspire every adventure.

http://americancoach.com/eagle

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January 2015 |

For the fith time in seven years, we are proud to win one of Europe’s top design awards; ‘Motorboat of the year’. The Sealine F380, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd,  won the award for ‘The best Flybridge under 55 feet’ 2015, and was presented by the editor of Motor Boat and Yachting at the annual awards ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in London.

“To call the F380 a return to form undersells this boat massively. Sealine and Hanse have created something genuinely exceptional here.” – MBM

https://www.sealine.com/news/single/article/sealine-win-top-award-for-their-f380-flybridge.html

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Cat S50 Android Smartphone |

Berlin, Germany – sees the launch of the Cat S50

Flagship Smartphone for Caterpillar, designed for outdoor sports enthusiasts and workers who demand both high-end performance and protection from the elements.

The S50 is waterproof and the screen can be used even with wet fingers. It’s scratch-resistant, dustproof and can withstand more than just a few bumps and scrapes. It also has a quad core (1.2Ghz) processor running the latest version of Android (KitKat) with access to Google Play meaning there is no compromise between performance and protection. Whether it’s being used on the slopes, on a bike, up a mountain or on a building site, the S50 copes with anything that’s thrown at it. No matter if it’s wet, cold, dusty or dirty, nothing compromises the S50’s high-endSmartphone performance…not even a drop onto concrete.

“The Cat Phone S50 is designed to take a serious beating ”www.androidcentral.com

IP67 (waterproof) and Mil Spec 810G Compliant

www.catphones.com

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July 2014 |

Steve Olney Memorial Design Awards 2014

Carsten Astheimer gives keynote speech at a successful Steve Olney Memorial Design Awards 2014 –“ one of the most appreciated automotive designers, Carsten Astheimer gave an emotional presentation of his experience as a designer, inspiring Coventry University’s talented pupils.”

The speech outlined Carsten’s experiences – designing and managing studios including world renowned consultancy Pininfarina, Directing Design for the Brunswick Corporation, and opening up his own design studio ASTHEIMER Ltd. He then concentrated on the 3 main attributes a designer needs moving from University into the professional work environment – Professionality, Personality and Creativity.

He then awarded prizes to the 3 chosen students from Coventry University.

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February 2014 |

Dusseldorf, Germany – We are pleased to announce Sealine has launched the F380 Flybridge, the exterior design and architecture by ASTHEIMER, at the Boot 2014 Boat show in Dusseldorf.

The innovative and modern design features maximise the use of space and light throughout whilst also providing complete flexible living areas above and below decks.

www.mby.com

www.sealine.com

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January 2014 |

Las Vegas, USA – we are delighted to announce the launch of the new CAT B100 rugged feature phone at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Designed by ASTHEIMER in partnership with the Bullitt group, The Cat B100 is a practical and tough mobile phone, designed for people who demand ultimate reliability. Its rugged features, long battery life and talk time make the B100 an ideal choice for tough conditions.

www.catphones.com

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November 2013 |

Beijing, China – We are pleased to announce that Edinburgh Instruments has launched the FS5 Fluorescence spectrometer, designed in partnership with ASTHEIMER at the BCEIA exhibition in Beijing.

The FS5 has been designed to be easy to use, with an unmatched range of plug and play sample cassette options. It is a fully integrated steady state spectrometer with single photon sensitivity, designed for the research and analytical market. The FS5 has a number of features that are unique in its class of fluorescence spectrometers they include: Ultimate single photon sensitivity throughout the specified spectral range, high data acquisition speed, comprehensive yet easy to operate software.

www.edinst.com

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October 2013 |

Chicago, USA – We are pleased to announce ‘Bella’ outdoor furniture collection, designed by ASTHEIMER has recently won the ‘Design Excellence’ award at the International Casual Furnishings Association awards ceremony, at the Field museum in Chicago.

We’re even more delighted to have won the overall ‘Lilian B. Winchester – Best of Show Award’ at the same event.

The award recognizes products for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, colour, construction and imaginative use of materials.

More information on Bella is available in our PORTFOLIO section.

www.gloster.com

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September 2013 |

Paris, France – Gloster Furniture Limited has launched ‘Vista’ a new outdoor lounge collection designed by ASTHEIMER, at the Masion et Objets show.

Wallpaper magazine has already called it a ‘stand out collection’.

Please see visit our PORTFOLIO to view the collection, or the Gloster website for further information.

May 2013 |

This month brings more great news as CAT B15 Smartphone, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd, won the award for ‘Best Product Design’ at the 9th annual DISTREE Middle East in Abu Dhabi.

The CAT B15 is a new rugged Smartphone that is dustproof, waterproof and impact resistant.

Visit our portfolio to view the full CAT B15 gallery.

www.distree-me.com

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April 2013 |

We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Bella’ designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd – a ground breaking new range of outdoor furniture for Gloster.

Elegant, sleek powder coated aluminium frames are combined with shaped laminated teak slats to produce a unique form, pure in both its concept and its execution.

A preview of the collection was shown at the Milan Furniture fair, with the full launch later in the year.

Gloster Furniture Limited is the leading brand of upmarket outdoor furniture worldwide.

www.gloster.com

March 2013 |

We are pleased to announce the Uttern D57, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd, has won the Motor Boat of the Year 2012 Award at Stockholm boat show.

The Motor boat of the year award is hosted by Swedish motor boat magazine Vi Batagare, and is chosen from all the boats tested in 2012.

www.uttern.com

February 2013 |

We are pleased to announce in partnership with the Bullitt Group, the launch of the new CAT B15 Smartphone, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd.

Launched at the Mobile World Congress 2013 to universal acclaim, it’s waterproof, dustproof and impact resistant.

“An essential tool of progress” – true to the values of Caterpillar.

www.catphones.com

January 2013 |

For the third consecutive year, we are proud to win one of Europe’s top design awards. The Quicksilver ACTIV 705 Cruiser, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd, has won ‘Motorboat of the year 2013’ at the Motor Boat of the Year awards.

“Quicksilver’s first cruiser from its all-conquering ACTIV range has delivered more knockout blows than a tornado full of boxing gloves.” – MBM

www.quicksilver-boats.com

October 2012 |

We are pleased to announce, in partnership with the Bullitt Group, the launch of a range of CAT phones designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd.

First to arrive are the B10 and B25 rugged phones, which are shock resistant, scratch and water proof. The phones will be available worldwide.

www.catphones.com

September 2012 |

Expanding our global marine presence, Sealine is re-entering the American market with a range of models especially tailored for the American market. Designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd, they include the SC42, C48 and F42.

www.sealine.com/us

January 2012 |

We are proud to announce that the Quicksilver ACTIV 645, designed by ASTHEIMER Ltd, has won ‘Motorboat of the year 2012’ at the IPC Motor Boat of the Year awards.

The judging panel granted this award for:-

‘Intelligent design and attention to detail’

‘Versatile usage and easy convertibility to sun lounge and dining area’

‘Beautiful styling’

This follows the success last year of the Quicksilver ACTIV 675 winning the ‘European Powerboat of the year 2011’ award.