What if a car was made out of wood?
That’s the idea behind the Toyota Setsuna, a recently revealed concept car. The car’s doors, walls, and exterior paneling are made from different types of wood — and it looks gorgeous.
The car is fully functioning. Under the hood, you’ll see a normal, gas-powered metal engine. But, it’s too beautiful to be regularly used.
The pieces are joined together with a traditional Japanese technique called okuriari, which means that the pieces hook into holes in the car without using nails or screws.
The car was designed by the Milan-based Japanese architect Naohiko Mitsui, who wanted to make a concept for a car that can be passed down within a family, across generations.
Different types of wood are used for different parts of the car. The seats and steering wheel, for example, use darker wood.
Practically speaking, the Toyota Setsuna isn't very useful: It doesn't go faster than 45km/h per hour. But it sure looks cool.
The car was shown off at Milan Design Week in April. The facade of the display room itself was made from aged cedar wood panels.
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