棺魚 – COFFINFISH
Koi (a Korean orphan) was adopted by a billionaire, ‘Cento Corp’ founder and head scientist Yuri Nakamoto when she was 3yrs and 2 months old. Nakamoto selected Koi based on her hypersensitive reactivity and abnormal visual memory and raised her in secret away from his family. Nakamoto only had one destiny in mind for Koi, he was going to nurture and build the greatest F1 female racing driver in the world.
Yuri named Koi after the Nishikigoi, (Carp) a symbol of luck, and visited her only once a week at a special facility he had built in Tsukuba, 60 kilometres north of Tokyo. Yuri was a biological father of eight, 6 girls and 2 sons. None of his eight children possessed what he thought were the right attributes for racing and blamed his wife for her bad genes, on her father’s side of the family.
Yuri Nakamoto was a perfectionist and Cento Corp rose to fame on account of their groundbreaking male contraceptive pill ‘Xaikamin’ or ‘Xaika’. More so than anything else Yuri Nakamoto loved racing, it consumed him and Koi was merely an extension of his obsession. Koi wasn’t a daughter, she was an experiment and her life never ventured outside of the facility, nor did she ever integrate with the outside world. A specially selected team monitored, taught and tended to Koi at the facility, vigorously conditioning and training her, for what she was programmed to call ‘her chosen path’.
Koi began karting aged 4 and half years old and quickly became junior champion. Yuri would visit her every Tuesday at precisely 6:00 for an evening meal of exceptional Blue Fin Tuna sashimi and Uni. Koi only knew Mr. Nakamoto as Moto and spoke only to him when she was asked a question.
Upon having her first period, Yuri instructed the male staff employed at the facility to take Xaikamin. All but one agreed, the one who didn’t disappear. Yuri Nakamoto’s experiment was moving from strength to strength and at the age of 18, Koi was placed in pole position to race in her first Grand Prix. Shrouded in mystery, Koi had attracted a lot of media attention and although tightly controlled, rumours began to circulate about Yuri Nakamoto’s estranged involvement.
Koi however had been harbouring her own secret. A secret that she had nurtured within herself since starting puberty. It was that she would commit suicide by driving into the track wall on the first lap of her first Grand Prix.
Koi followed through with her secret and upon leading the race struck the track wall at 211MPH. Much to her disappointment she survived and spent the following two years in intensive care. She suffered severe burns to 72% of her body.
Enraged, heartbroken and sure that Koi would never race again, Yuri Nakamoto hung himself 6 months after the accident. He left the entirety of the company’s estate to Koi.
Upon making a full recovery, bar severe scarring to her body, Koi liquidated Cento Corp and descended into a deep depression. She had no friends, no family and was equipped with only one skill set. She had never functioned as a free individual in the outside world and the lights of Tokyo swept her up into a whirlwind of debauched and destructive drinking.
Koi for reasons she has never disclosed never tried to end her life again and now at the age of 24 years and 8 months has returned to racing. However, the races she partakes in now are a far cry away from the squeaky clean world of Formula One she was raised in.
They now consist of high stake illegal head to heads, in cars that need not adhere to any safety checks or specifications. They take place underground in secret and are referred to by clientele as ‘The Rings’. Those who can gain access are unsavoury, sordid and powerful. They have a taste for adrenaline, money and blood and will blow incomprehensible fortunes on seeing drivers risk it all in the highest spec cars money can buy.
Koi races for XENOMAT, a team of her own creation, built with the money she inherited from CENTO CORP. Koi is an outsider in this dark egotistical world but her talent and melancholy are unparalleled. She fears no one and embraces death.
In ‘The Rings’ they call her, COFFINFISH.
Coffinfish is a speculative design project that aims to explore and develop various design languages centered around the world of Formula One. The intention was to take a deep dive into legacy F1 aesthetics, then through these investigations isolate ideas that could then be evolved to create an alternative F1 visual landscape.
We would like to thank our talented collaborators once again for believing in this project and joining us on the journey to flesh out this speculative F1 mirrorworld.
Concept / Design / Animation - Tomorrow Bureau
Andries van Overbeeke
A racing car and movie vehicle designer from the Netherlands.
Steering Wheel Design:
An industrial designer born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1993, currently based in Mexico City. His career started in the world of furniture-making before shifting focus in recent years into consumer tech, product visualization and experimental projects.
Creative Concept / Script
London based creative consulant, writer and director.
Contour & Thomas Lachèze
CONTOUR Is a Paris based sound design studio founded by composers and music producers Jules Dasseux and Gaspard Caens. Through research in both traditional music forms and experimental sound studies. For this particular project, Techno artist and sound designer Thomas Lachèze was also involved into collaboration.