Renault's tiny Twingo autos reborn as big art exhibit

Paris has one more must-see art exhibit with the unveiling of the Renault Twingo "Cabinet of Curiosities" along the Champs-Elysées. The exhibit takes the tiny cars — just able to fit down Europe's tight alleys or impossible parking spots — and gives them some big makeovers courtesy of celebrity designers.

We get to see what happens when a Michelin-starred Italian chef, a French fashion designer, a British pop star and a German interior designer are given free reign to transform the cars, inside and out. Their mission was to show off the car's versatility, as well as add personality via their unique vision.

The results were pretty surprising. What once were some low cost, super compact become some pretty luxe looking renos. There was everything from chef Davide Scabin's pasta treatment, to fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's gilded dashboard and French royal furniture, and much more.

The makeovers are the start of Renault's lead up to the 2012 release of the redesigned Twingo. The car was originally launched in 1993; subsequent models have received criticism for becoming too anonymous. The soon to be unveiled model will reportedly have an updated front end and a little more style.

While the 2012 Twingo will presumably be on the streets of Paris for years to come, the "Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibit will only be on the Champs-Elysées until January 21, 2012.

Via Autopia

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