Infiniti has partnered with world-famous furniture maker, Tendo Co., to help shape a hospitable interior rich in natural detail and perfect for relaxation.


When Infiniti started work on the 2019 QX Inspiration concept, designers prioritised the creation of a stunning handcrafted, lounge-like cabin. To this end, Infiniti partnered with world-famous furniture maker, Tendo Co., to help shape a hospitable interior rich in natural detail and perfect for relaxation.

A hospitable interior, rich in natural detail and perfect for relaxation, was the goal for the QX concept Infiniti designers were clear from the outset that the interior of the QX Inspiration concept should feature organic materials and subdued colors, in homage to Japan's unique appreciation of nature and craftmanship.

Tendo and Infiniti decided upon the use of Japanese Cedar for the sense of warmth attributed to its soft light grain. The wood used in the car was grown in Yamagata Prefecture.

Tendo's artisans produced the striking woodwork found throughout the concept's cabin, and even created matching door panels, using traditional production methods and inspired by modern Japanese interior design trends.

Adhering to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, Tendo deliberately left the knot and grain of the cedar wood in place Adhering to a typically Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, the notion of finding beauty in imperfections, Infiniti and Tendo deliberately left the knot and grain of the cedar wood in place.

Expressing the strength and life of the raw material at its heart, the QX Inspiration concept offers an experience unlike vehicles from many other car makers - embracing what nature has created, rather than planing, carving and polishing out any natural imperfection. 

The result is an exquisite cabin replete with natural serenity, representing Infiniti's approach to developing human-centric, lounge-like interiors for its next generation of cars.