The Buick Avenir may only be a concept, but we can almost guarantee you many attributes from the car will trickle down into the rest of the Buick lineup. This may include the interior materials and styling, which the automaker says were intended to “work in harmony and provide an upscale environment that feels natural and holistic to all passengers.”
Interior designers working on the Avenir drew inspiration from water washing upon a shoreline, a fact evidenced by the flowing, curvy lines on the dashboard, doors and seats. Buick says the instrument panel is carved in a way that replicates three-dimensional wave patterns, however the texture of the panel is flat as it sits beneath a smooth, high-gloss outer layer.
Buick said they wanted to use materials in the Avenir “that would complement the surfaces within.” Premiuim leather and suede covers the seats, dash, doors and more, while wood, chrome and acrylic is used to accent the warm and inviting interior. Special oiled, low-gloss open-pore wood was used on the dash, the same kind you would find in high-end furniture, which adds a natural airiness to the interior, according to Buick.
Designers were sure to make the Avenir’s interior as warm and welcoming as possible, due to the cooler exterior paint tone. The light cream leather, referred to by Buick as ‘Lyric’ adds to the warm aura of the cabin, while the darker ‘Coastal Mist’ tone on the instrument panel and arm rests provides some stylish contrast.
“The attention to detail within Avenir is outstanding,” said retired automotive designer Charles Allen, who served as a chief judge for the 2015 EyesOn Design Awards. “What stands out to me is how well everything is integrated – all of the materials and elements work together seamlessly to provide a sensation of understated elegance that fits the Buick brand perfectly.”