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Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan

Tej Chauhan designs car tyre based on Nike's Air Force 1 sneaker

London industrial designer Tej Chauhan's latest projects include a car tyre imprinted with the Nike swoosh and a smart speaker phone that links up with Amazon Alexa.

Chauhan created the Nike tyre in response to a brief from luxury car manufacturer Lexus and advertising agency TeamOne. It asked him to put an artistic spin on a set of tyres for Lexus' first crossover vehicle, the 2019 UX.

Called Sole of the UX, the result was formed as a collaboration between Chauhan, Lexus, and Los Angeles streetwear and athleisure designer .

Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
Chauhan modelled the tyre on John Elliot's Nike Air Force 1 sneaker

Envisioning them as the "footwear" of the car, Chauhan took cues for the tyres from Elliot's NikeLab Air Force 1 sneaker, a white on white, high platform sneaker that features Nike's signature 'swoosh' logo across the sides.

"I wanted to combine classic AF1 details and John Elliott's signature elements with our emotive industrial design approach," said Chauhan.

Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
The tyre features different 3D-printed patterns and textures including Nike's swoosh logo

"But as an art project it did also carry serious engineering demands, having to carry the full weight of the new Lexus UX."

The outsole of the Air Force 1 sneaker features a ribbed circular pattern that look like wheels, a design Chauhan loosely applied to the tyre's 3D-printed design.

Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
The tyre's white tread brands the new Lexus UX crossover car

The tyre's tread designs include rubber imprints of the Nike logo, and swirls and waves in multiple textures and patterns. The tyre's metal air valve is intended to evoke the metal lace tip that Elliot designed for the sneaker. Also featured are the Lexus logo in the centre of the wheel, and metallic black spokes.

Chaujan's team worked in collaboration with manufacturing company to produce the decorated tyres.

They first created the internal structure that could support the weight of the Lexus UX, using a CNC (Computer numerical control) machine. Exterior elements were then formed using a mix of 3D printing and hand craft, and pieced together over the top.

"There were different material combinations – we used specialist rubberised paints, specially sourced premium tumbled leathers, and metal accent details," the team told BestDealStore2Buy. "Each tyre consisted of 60 parts."

Chauhan revealed Sole of the UX at 2019's New York Fashion Week, which took place 7 to 15 February.

His other recent project, the Smart Speaker Phone called Deuce, debuted last month, and was commissioned by telecom company .

Deuce Smart Speaker Phone by Tej Chauhan
Chauhan has also created a new handheld smart speaker called Deuce

The Deuce is a handheld device that combines SGW's new landline technology and Amazon's Alexa voice command system, while also acting as an audio streaming speaker. Chauhan describes the two-in-one product, which resembles a large phone, as a "new archetype".

Other home tech products like the standalone Google Home and Amazon Echo are currently not able to make calls, nor are able to be picked up freely.

Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
A blue light notifies the user when Amazon's Alexa is activated on the phone

Deuce's sleek front is wrapped in an acoustic fabric for comfortable use on the ear. Its ergonomically curved body comes in a matte black or white finish, and features only four buttons on its side.

"Like all of our products, Deuce has been designed to invite an interaction," said Chauhan in a project description. "It's an example of our emotive industrial design approach, using simple visual gesture to make a connection."

Deuce will be available for purchase starting in October.

Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
The model comes in matte black and white with a charging stand

Chauhan, who has previously designed products for Nokia, established his practice Chauhan Studio in London in 2005. His work ranges from mass-produced consumer technology to modern, futuristic homeware.

Other designs by Chauhan include an Android tablet in collaboration with British supermarket giant Tesco, and a wearable camera in collaboration with Oxford technology business OMG.

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Deuce Smart Speaker Phone by Tej Chauhan
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Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
Sole of the UX for Lexus by Tej Chauhan
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