"For me, a car is like cooking," says the Italian chef who covered the interior of this one in Penne. "It is a discovery, a movement, a journey to other people." In addition to this pasta car, there's one that's been filled with Louis XIV furniture and one that's been made into a library.

All these cars are part of an art project commissioned by Renault intended to show off how spacious its Twingo sub-compact is. The idea is to get you to reconsider your relationship with stuff like seats and steering wheel, moving away from the everyday and more towards the extraordinary.


David Scabin, the chef, wanted to create a detailed inventory of Italian cuisine. In addition to the centerpiece - the pasta seats - there's storage cabinets where the dash should be full of sun dried tomatoes, basil, spices and all the other ingredients you'd typically expect to see on a plate, not in a car.

My personal favorite is the car created by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. He takes the most democratic of French cars - the little Twingo is Renault's cheapest - and re-envisions its as a chariot of the Republic, complete with opulent candelabras, polished parquet flooring and elaborate furniture. Reference rather than repeat, that all sits inside a gangster-esque matte black exterior. A comment on the Sarkozy regime? Embroidered French flags are mounted to the front 3/4 panels presidential limo-style.

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