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1975 The Playboy Land Yacht Concept by Syd Mead

For all fans of retro-futurism - a 1975 concept designed by Syd Mead in space style for Playboy magazine. An attractive idea for any man - a party yacht on wheels, on which you can throw a Playboy-style party! There is an upper deck with leather sofas for sunbathing, a natural bathroom, an audio-video center, a kitchen, a bar, and even a chill-out. But the most exciting thing is the control cabin, worthy of a spaceship: many instruments, joysticks, external cameras for a better view, radars, walkie-talkies, infrared lighting, and night vision devices.


For better aerodynamics, the front part of the car is made in the form of a boat's bow - there are four seats, rotated 45 degrees relative to the vehicle's longitudinal axis to save space.


The swinging 60s stoked the fire for Hugh Hefner's bathrobe and tobacco pipe aesthetic. The 70s witnessed the ascension of Playboy to the zenith of popular culture, and Hefner became the envy of every red-blooded American male; beautiful women, wild all-night parties, and a lenient attitude toward drugs. The magazine came to represent the culture of the 70s, with Hefner branding himself as a bon vivant and man about town. If Playboy became Hefner's platform for promoting his hedonistic lifestyle, then the design of the Playboy Land Yacht was his chariot.


In 1975, Playboy magazine commissioned futurist designer Syd Mead to illustrate the Playboy Land Yacht, a self-driving futuristic bachelor pad on (six) wheels. Mead has thought of everything in the design of this 'great American dream machine' concept, from a rooftop padded sun deck to a retractable movie projector screen to a crushed velvet interior to a 'bar capsule' and more. If you look in the rear window, you can see a gentleman making use of the giant seven ′ X 6′ bed. Concept artist and "visual futurist" Syd Mead is most famously known for his studio work on the science-fiction films Blade Runner, Aliens, and Tron. Still, his creative career has spanned the realms of architecture, vehicle design, and interiors. Mead's emphasis on blending the unique ideals of futurism and believability helped set him apart. He attributes his success in the creative realm to asserting that imagination and the idea supersede technique.


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