Jan Rosenthal - Lexus LF-Zero


Is zero-waste production a reality?

The environmental impact created by the cars you see on the road begins long before the key is turned.  Car design, and in turn production, is shamelessly wasteful and it’s a problem that Jan Rosenthal, and his Lexus LF-Zero concept, have chosen to address.

Taking inspiration from the Cradle2Cradle concept, whereby materials used are either recycled as organic nutrients in biological cycles or circulated continuously as technical nutrients in closed-loop systems, LF-Zero is constructed only from wood and aluminium. The eventual aim is make cars 100% ‘C2C’-capable and these two materials represent both sides of the principle.

In addition to the materials used, the very process used in the design of LF-Zero is ecologically sound. Developed using a 0-sketch design process, the Lexus is made entirely from single rectangular aluminium and wood sheets.  Utilising an alternate process developed by London-based Robofold, panels are created by industrial robots that fold the sheet metal after it has been cut and scored. The result of this process is that there are no off-cuts and 100% of the material is used.     

Jan Rosenthal