NYT interviews the BMW Z4 Designers: Juliane Blasi and Nadya Arnaout

BMW Z4 | April 7th, 2009 by 10
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Back in January, Detroit Auto Show had the honor to host the world premiere of the new 2009 BMW Z4 roadster. What many people, including …

Back in January, Detroit Auto Show had the honor to host the world premiere of the new 2009 BMW Z4 roadster. What many people, including journalists did not know back then, was that the new Z4 is the first BMW designed by two females, Ms. Juliane Blasi, Exterior Designer and Ms. Nadya Arnaout, Interior Designer.

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Since we participated at the official launch, we can tell you the surprise that many journalists encountered when they found out who the two ladies entertaining the people around the car really were. Being the huge BMW addicts that we are, of course, we knew them months in advance, especially after watching them on camera talking with passion about their “baby”.

We even engaged in a less formal discussion with the two of them, looking to find out more information about the new Z4. New York Times took also the time to interview them and to clarify this once and for all: did the new Z4 get a feminine look?

Mr. van Hooydonk would listen politely, tell them they were exactly right, and offer to introduce them to the designers. Then he would bring out the women most responsible for the car’s masculine swagger: Juliane Blasi, 32, the exterior designer, and Nadya Arnaout, 37, who did the interior.

He says the reporters were surprised. “I guess still a lot of people think that women can only design round shapes and soft shapes and fluffy stuff,” he said. “And I know that’s not true.”


No one was more surprised by the outcome than the two German women: Ms. Blasi because it was the first full-size clay model she had done since she was hired at the Munich studio in 2003, and Ms. Arnaout because she had just switched to interior auto design at DesignworksUSA. Previously, as a product designer since 2000 at the California studio — which also does designs under contract for other companies — she had worked on things like vacuum cleaners and sports equipment.

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10 responses to “NYT interviews the BMW Z4 Designers: Juliane Blasi and Nadya Arnaout”

  1. Gord says:

    Well cars made by Fiat Group (Ferrari, Alfa etc.) use curvy lines, and I don’t think they were designed by women. So I think it’s hard to determine which gender designed a car.

  2. Kubica says:

    Thats why I dont like the car at all…

  3. Andreas says:

    What does the gender of the car designer have to do with whether you like the car or not.

    Sorry for being so blunt but if this is really your opinion you are nothing more but a sexist asshole.

  4. okeribok says:

    Pity they didn’t do a new coupe. It was devastatingly beautiful, but the dashboard sucked…

  5. Gil says:

    Hrmm…. personally (emphasis on *personally*), I don’t really care who design a vehicle. Some are downright breathtaking, some are beautiful, some are yucky. I buy and own BMWs for the fun driving pleasure. Sure, some of them are designed nicer and more pleasing to the eyes… but eh, whatever. Just give me something fun.

  6. Alvin Wong says:


    If you don’t like it, then you don’t like it. Don’t be such a sexist prick. It’s unnecessary.

    • XC says:

      lol, that idiot must have been born from a man… who is better than a girl to know what looks masculine or not?

  7. nizer says:

    I think BMW made the right decision going with this team as the car is clearly targeted at women. It’s small, cute and elegantly executed. What it lacks is an aggressive, substantial presence, which is what hits the male hot-button.

  8. this is why the z3 will stay a classic roadster with clean lines, and this monstruosity looks like a bad womens purse with lots of lines that dont connect. stop putting a woman to do a men`s car.

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