The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is changing gears. After decades of focusing on vintage bikes, the museum is now launching an Advanced Design Center, hoping to inspire the next generation of designers.
The Advanced Design Center will be integrated to the Barber museum, integrated into the facility’s latest addition.
The Barber Advanced Design Center (BADC) was created to inspire new generations of creative thinkers. It will function as a high-tech workspace for Industrial Design exploration that includes a multimedia hub for visiting designers to collaborate with other designers from around the world.
The BADC consists of 11,000 square feet in a minimalist style driven by concrete and glass and mixed with abstract paintings and contemporary and classic mid-century-modern furniture. It’s located on the top floor of a recent expansion of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
Leaving the corporatespeak behind, what’s really going on here? This seems to be a similar idea to the artist-in-residence arrangement, with Brian Case (designer of the Motus V4 motorcycle) designing the Center, and serving as director. Currently, the Center is working on a new Supermono project. The original Ducati Supermono was an extremely successful track-only single-cylinder sportbike of the mid-’90s, with design by Pierre Terblanche.
Now, Terblanche is working with Barber’s new design center to create an updated version of the bike, called a Mono.
“It’s a ‘director’s cut’ of the Supermono, 30 years in the making,” says Barber’s press release.
“The layout and construction of the bike will be new,” Terblanche explains about the non-running but technologically fully resolved prototype.
“Advances in systems designed on CAD, the latest CNC machining, and improved Additive Rapid Prototyping (3D printing) have streamlined and sped up the design process. These technologies allow us to achieve design solutions never possible before.”
The new project will once again be built around a Ducati-based single-cylinder engine. We’ll know more details when Barber unveils the bike on Friday, October 8.