History: BMW car designers – Episode 1

Interesting | October 23rd, 2009 by 8
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With every vehicle launched, a new series of BMW designers rise and leave their footprint in BMW’s car design history. Since over the last tens …

With every vehicle launched, a new series of BMW designers rise and leave their footprint in BMW’s car design history.

Since over the last tens of years there were numerous designers, we will break down the impressive and long list of “automobile artists” giving you a series of short episodes.

But, we’ll do it differently this time around. Instead of going in chronological order, we would like to teach you the BMW car designers history backwards.

So, let’s begin with the yet to be unveiled 2011 BMW 5 Series.

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

Jacek Fröhlich (born in 1966)

The new 2011 BMW 5 Series F10/F11 has been penned by the Polish born German designer who studied Architecture at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland (Master 1989) and at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Design, Technology and Business (1989-1993).

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Exterior Design by Mario Majdandzic

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

The young designer(born 1979) who created the Vision Concept is Mario Majdandzic, a German designer of Croat descent, educated at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Design, Technology and Business (Master from Transportation Design, 2003, title of the diploma work: “Oxygene”).

He created the first Vision Concept sketches in 1997. BMWBLOG has interviewed Mario last month and the article will go live on Monday.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Interior Design by Jochen Paesen (born 1976)

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

Born in Opglabeek in Belgium, Paesen spent his youth living in different countries, he moved with his parents across Europe and to South Africa; he was educated in England at Transportation Design Dept. of Coventry University and at Royal College of Art in London (Master 2001); he became known for his exceptional drawing skills – his automotive images are recognized as pieces of art and sold as limited edition prints; during his studies in London, he designed for the contest of Helen Hamlyn Research Center a taxi of the future called SW7; it was meant to ride safely almost like a golf car through London pedestrian streets with a driver and two passengers. Directly after his studies, Paesen started his designer career at Volkswagen (2001), before moving to BMW in 2006, where he works as a car interior designer; he designed the interior of the new BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car using innovative layering technology.

BMW X1 by Richard Kim (born 1981)

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

History: BMW car designers   Episode 1

Kim, an automotive designer, finished Art Center College of Design (BS, 2004). Created the BMW Hydrogen Powered Salt Flat Racer – a concept of the racing car built reusing ordinary materials like used oil barrels and old barbecue lids as the main building material of the car chassis and wheels.

Kim also designed the body of the BMW X1, the new entry level Sports Activity Vehicle that launched last year as a prototype in Paris and it has been recently revealed in its production form.

In our next episode we will talk about the BMW 5 Series GT, CS Concept and some yet to be revealed BMW models.

[Source: bmwism ]

  • Doug

    You know, I’d love to see other things they’ve designed, what they’ve written about design (and how they articulate their style and values). It would be cool to see how they’ve developed and what traits and themes have followed into the BMW designs.

    I tried googling wuzzhername (Z4) when you posted the original interview but there wasn’t much material along these lines. Maybe they have online portfolios?

    Btw Horatiu… are you syndicated? Your article appears on collisionconcierge.com (with credit), maybe others.

  • BmwM5Fan

    please show info about the x5 designer (the new one). If Frank Stephenson had been designing the new one, it would much cooler, and looked like the old one….. which i really prefer to the new one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    great article…

  • AiRit

    I really want to know who designed the 3er coupe e92!

  • KidrauhlM5

    Great article!!! Thanks for this Horatiu :)

  • http://www.autocritical.com/blog AutoCritical

    I’ve done design reviews on two BMW’s so far, the X1 and Z4. There are also reviews on the designs of other cars!
    I’d be keen to know a bit more about the Z4 designer!

    BMW X1 http://bit.ly/VGyfa

    BMW Z4 http://bit.ly/1OExrW

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