More news from Garage Italian Customs: the brand founded by Lapo Elkann will be present (from July 30 to September 10) in the Venus gallery of Los Angeles as part of the exhibition Piston Head II: Artists Engage The Automobile. In this review, Garage Italian Customs will exhibit an exclusive one-off Alfa Romeo 4C Hokusai and the BMW i8 Futurism Edition, two unique examples made to pay tribute to a couple of artists.
The GIC 4C Hokusai, as example, wants to be the celebration of the meeting between the Japanese and Italian culture, with a body on which it was airbrushed by hand Japan’s best-known work in the world, Master Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave”. This work dominates the entire rear part of the side panel and the entire surface of the roof, following the shapes of this particular “canvas.” The interior is also a tribute to Japan: The Japanese denim fabric Kubaro and Foglizzo leather fact recall the scales of carp, as well as the special processing of the steering wheel rim and handbrake lever which is inspired by the Tsukamaki, the art of dressing the hilt of Katana.
The BMW i8 Futurism Edition, however, is a unique model designed to celebrate 50 years of BMW history in Italy, with a livery inspired by oil painting “Street Light” by the Futurist Giacomo Balla. This work (1909), has thus become the starting point for the creation of a “tailormade” film then applied over the entire body of the BMW i8 by the wrapping technique. The interior is upholstered in Solaro, an elegant and sporty fabric used in the making of clothes and characterized by iridescent reflections when hit by light.