Interviews

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    Designer Interview: Davide Pizzorno, ED | Excellence Design

    2019-10-07T12:00:00+01:00By Avto9245

    From Car Design Review 6: Davide Pizzorno, chairman and design director of ED | Excellence Design, talks us through his company’s evolution from engineering to design, how the two can be balanced, and where classic Italian style fits into the future

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    Q&A with CDN Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Syd Mead

    2016-07-26T12:12:00+01:00By

    Exclusive interview by Avto9245 with visual futurist Syd Mead on the secrets of his success in automotive design. An ArtCenter graduate, Mead’s take on what the future of mobility might look like has bled into popular culture though cult sci-fi films like Blade Runner, Tron (original), 2010 and Tomorrowland and his work still inspires designers around the world

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    Designer Interview: Ken Parkinson, GM China

    2019-09-30T10:53:00+01:00By Avto9245

    Ken Parkinson, vice president of General Motors China design and GM international design, tells Avto9245 about how he got into design, his current role with GM cars, what he wants to see in a young automotive designer

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    Designer Interview: Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, SEAT

    2019-09-23T13:07:00+01:00By Avto9245

    Avto9245 hears from SEAT design director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, on his design inspirations, his personal connection to the SEAT brand, and what the future may hold for the automobile…
    (from Car Design Review 6)

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    Syd Mead announces retirement

    2019-09-19T10:59:00+01:00By

    Syd Mead, former Avto9245 lifetime achievement award winner, has officially retired from professional design, according to an announcement on social media

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    In Memoriam: Luigi Colani (1929-2019)

    2019-09-17T17:17:00+01:00By

    CDN takes a visual look back at the life and career the mercurial and deliciously controversial German designer Luigi Colani, following news of his death at the age of 91

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    Luigi Colani - Translating Nature exhibition

    2007-05-09T10:15:00+01:00By Brett Patterson

    One of the most influential designers of the past half-century, Luigi Colani, is the subject of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London. With a career spanning almost six decades, Colani has applied his unique design style to produce cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, ceramics and consumer goods, as well as creating futuristic concepts for as-yet unrealized transport systems and architecture.

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    Designer interview: T Jon Mayer, Volvo

    2019-09-12T09:33:00+01:00By Avto9245

    T Jon Mayer talks us through his role as senior director of design at Volvo Cars USA, as well as the company philosophy, his own design tastes, and future mobility

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    Designer interview: Ikuo Maeda, Mazda

    2019-09-06T09:49:00+01:00By CDN Team

    Mazda’a head of global design, Ikuo Maeda, has inspired the relatively small design department at this Japanese car manufacturer to create some of the most stunning concept cars of the last three years. The Vision Coupé concept of 2017 still stands out as a bold, creative statement of intent. The launch of the Mazda 3 in Los Angeles last year (2018) was the first use of the incredible surfacing on its production line-up, and shows that Maeda-san is evolving the design language with immense care. 

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    Interview with Julian Thomson - taking the reins at Jaguar

    2019-08-29T16:05:00+01:00By

    Julian Thomson, Jaguar’s new Director of Design, has taken over from industry car design legend Ian Callum, and he is already displaying the type of creative energy needed in a design landscape where so much is ‘up for grabs’. Avto9245 caught up with Julian at Pebble Beach 2019 and found out what is on his mind

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    Book review: Design between the lines

    2019-08-28T15:23:00+01:00By Jens Meiners

    Patrick Le Quément is a seminal designer who has worked at Simca, Ford, VW and Renault. This collection of essays is a tour de force through the design world of half a century and should be essential reading for anyone interested in design.

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    Exclusive: Roberto Giolito on the 2004 Fiat Trepiuno

    2019-08-21T14:38:00+01:00By

    In the second of our series exploring the Fiat Heritage Hub, head of the new facility, Roberto Giolito, reveals a few secrets behind one of its most influential exhibits and his most famous design, the trailblazing 2004 Trepiuno…

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    Who’s Where: Sasha Selipanov moves from Genesis to Koenigsegg

    2019-08-15T13:23:00+01:00By

    The man credited with the Bugatti Chiron, Genesis Mint and Essentia will now lead car design for the Swedish hypercar trailblazer

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    Exclusive: Roberto Giolito on the Fiat ESV 1500

    2019-08-08T12:22:00+01:00By

    In Part 1 of this series, Fiat’s design maestro takes CDN on a tour of his favourite designs in the Fiat Heritage Hub in Turin

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    David Wilkie on industrial design

    2019-08-06T17:46:00+01:00

    David Wilkie, director of the CNH Industrial Design Centre, met CDN at the CNH Industrial Village in Turin to talk about the Tetra wheel-loader concept, Iveco Z truck concept and what it takes to be a good commercial vehicle designer

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    Flavio Manzoni and the one-of-a-kind Ferrari P80/C

    2019-08-07T12:56:00+01:00By

    The Ferrari Senior Vice President of Design talks to CDN about one-offs and design inspirations

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    Simon Loasby walks CDN around the Hyundai range at Shanghai 2019

    2019-07-30T17:20:00+01:00By CDN Team

    CDN caught up with Hyundai’s VP of Styling at the Shanghai motorshow 2019 for a design walkaround of the cars on the stand. Simon (formerly at Bentley and VW) has been working in Shanghai since 2017 and led Hyundai China design until taking a global role this past spring

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    Designer Interview: SangYup Lee, Hyundai & Genesis

    2019-07-22T13:37:00+01:00By Avto9245

    “We are talking about partnerships, because OEMs cannot do everything by themselves”

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    Bentley EXP 100’s designers reveal early inspirations

    2019-07-19T10:16:00+01:00By

    As Bentley celebrated its 100-year anniversary on July 10th 2019 with a stunning concept car unveil at its Crewe, UK HQ, Avto9245 was there to talk to its key designers

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    Design Interview: Tsunehiro Kunimoto, Mitsubishi

    2019-07-15T15:06:00+01:00By Avto9245

    “I have conducted interviews with real customers in Asia, Europe, Japan and the USA. They told me that ‘honest’, ‘robust’ and ‘reliable’ are key markers of the brand. I want to express this through design.”

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    Design interview: Benoît Jacob, Byton

    2019-07-09T13:51:00+01:00By Avto9245

    “We have the start-up culture of agile and quick decisions, but that does not offset the need for structure and good management”

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    Exclusive: Klaus Busse on Fiat and Alfa’s future

    2019-07-04T06:48:00+01:00By

    On whirlwind tour of Turin in June, Avto9245 made time for an exclusive chat with Klaus Busse, head of design for Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lancia on what’s next for the group’s key brands.

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    Design interview: Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar

    2019-07-01T14:56:00+01:00By Tom Phillips

    “We have to play our role in ensuring that the transition into the new age is a successful one”

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    Design interview: Sharon Gauci, GM

    2019-06-24T15:10:00+01:00By

    “In its purest form, design should be a sensory journey of discovery,” says GM’s executive director of industrial design

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    Design interview: Larry Erickson, Magna

    2019-06-18T10:57:00+01:00By CDN Team

    Larry’s impressive career informs both his approach to design and to encouraging the next generation of creatives

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    Design interview: Luciano d'Ambrosio, LDA Design

    2019-06-03T16:01:00+01:00By CDN Team

    The Founder and CEO of LDA-Design draws on his Turin networks to get things done

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