A roadster is made of a material that allows it to absorb its record of use

‘What’s old is new again’ is a phrase fitting of Toyota’s latest concept car to debut at Milan Design Week 2016. The Setsuna or “moment” in Japanese is a roadster concept that explores personal connection to a product over time. In this case, many of the Setsuna’s components are crafted from wood which is intended to age and take on a unique character.

The choice of wood is in a way a nod to vintage cars of the past that used to be built from wood. One property of wood is that it can last a long time if cared for and acquires a unique patina. The change in color, scratches and wear marks record the use of the vehicle over time and leave a unique use recording of each owner.

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