Concept Car of the Week: The Kar-A-Sutra (1972)

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In 1972 the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York held an exhibition: Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. A number of avant-garde Italian architects and designers were invited to submit work for what would become one of the seminal exhibitions of the decade, and included Mario Bellini’s Kar-A-Sutra

In 1972 the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York held an exhibition: Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. A number of avant-garde Italian architects and designers were invited to submit work for what would become one of the seminal exhibitions of the decade.

When Milanese product designer and architect Mario Bellini was approached by curator Emilio Ambasz and asked to submit an entry, it didn’t take him long to find a subject to explore. Bellini was increasingly alarmed at the damage being wrought on his hometown of Milan by the thousands of smoke-belching cars crowding the city centre each day. It was an unsustainable situation, one that Bellini hoped to overcome by rethinking the car.

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