Pierre Gonalons x Renault
Photo Courtesy: Pierre Gonalons/ Instagram
Arushi Sakhuja
The Renault 5 launched in 1972, an ultra-compact hatchback that was designed by Michel BouĂ© and quickly became France’s best-selling car. And now it’s back, and it’s pink!
Long gone are the days when hues of pink were dismissed as suitable for the nursery. If there’s one thing we can place our bets on when it comes to the politics of colour, it has to be the power of pink.
Making its way as the colour of the year to taking the lead in a gender-neutral fashion, pink is a colour that has won hearts the world over. Bringing to life a pink car with cutting-edge features and technology is French interior and product designer Pierre Gonalons in collaboration with Renault. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5, these two creative forces have created a modern, futuristic iteration of the 1970s original – Renault 5 Diamant.
Pierre Gonalons x Renault
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Starting with a 1970s-era Renault 5, the designer worked alongside Renault Design’s colours and trims team to replicate the style and stance of the car.
In a matte pink finish with gold accents, the Renault 5 Diamant draws on Gonalons’ expansive knowledge and love for the decorative arts, exceptional savoir-faire and high-end finishes. A bold three-layer matte pink paint job is varnished with gold pigments to create a sparkling gold finish during the day and a dark blue sparkle at night.
As the name suggests, the car takes inspiration from fine jewellery. From the jewel-shaped headlights to the button-shaped door handles that are inspired by earrings, this custom show car draws from the decadent world of jewellery.
Pierre Gonalons x Renault
Photo Courtesy: Pierre Gonalons/ Instagram
Pierre Gonalons x Renault
Photo Courtesy: Pierre Gonalons/ Instagram
Pierre Gonalons x Renault
Photo Courtesy: Pierre Gonalons/ Instagram
While the silhouette is identical to the 1970s original, the interiors and finer details are noticeably different.  While the twisted steering wheel design is made of French marble, the dashboard is covered in woven horsehair and the lights offer a contemporary take. You will also find Pinton mohair wool carpets, a custom seat fabric made by Métaphores, and gilding on various touchpoints by Bertin-Aubert.
Speaking about the unconventional steering the designer says the twisting form evokes winding city streets or the diagram of a racetrack.
Renault’s logo has been a diamond since 1925 and for this Renault 5 Diamant, the logo incorporates Pierre Gonalons’ initials into the geometric form, with gold letters intertwined into the silver.
Pierre Gonalons x Renault
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Flamboyant, unconventional, striking, compact and visually appealing the Renault 5 Diamant comes in an extraordinary pink and gold dress, showcasing exquisite french craftsmanship.

 

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