With every vehicle launched, a new series of BMW designers rise and leave a mark 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.
Our first episode brought you the designers of the new BMW 5 Series, Vision Concept and the new X1. Today, we’re looking at another page in BMW’s history and learn more about the designers of the recent Z4, 7 Series and 5 Series GT.
In the next few weeks, we’ll complete our series with some of the old school designers, many of them still with BMW.
BMW Z4 E89 Designers
Juliane Blasi (born 1977) Exterior
German designer educated at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Design, Technology and Business (Master from Transportation Design, Febr. 2003: A Design Scenario for an Interstellar Space Mission – with Marcus Wallmayer).
Directly after her studies with BMW in Munich, Blasi designed one of the most beautiful and most desired BMW’s of last years – E89 second generation Z4, which because of its price will most likely remain very exclusive; Blasi says: “If you look at the car you should not be able to see whether it was designed by a woman or a man”
Nadya Arnaut (born 1972) Interior
Nadya is a BMW DesignworksUSA employee based in Newbury Park, CA and she travels all the time between California and Munich. Also, she graduated from an Art School in CA and even more interesting, she is the one that designed the Nilfsik Extreme P Series vacuum.
Nadya has also designed the beautiful interior of the canceled CS Concept, one of the most beautiful interior designs in the BMW fleet.
BMW 7 Series F01/F02 Designers
Karim Antoine Habib (born 1971) Exterior
Canadian designer who designed the body for the last BMW F01 7 series, until March 2009 Habib was the Team Leader at The Advanced Design for BMW in Munich, where he designed the F01. Habib regrettably left BMW to work for Mercedes in Stuttgart, were he already is leaving his mark. Habib earned a degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University and shortly joined the famous Art Center College for Design in Switzerland. He eventually finished his studies at the US branch of the Art Center College, in California.
He was hired right out of college and joined the BMW Group where he worked closely with former BMW chief designer, Chris Bangle. He moved to Munich and joined the Advanced Design department. Habib has also designed the CS Concept.
Nader Faghizadeh Interior
Unfortunately no official information were released on Nader’s career.
BMW 5 Series GT Desginers
Christopher Weil (born 1976) Exterior
German designer, completed the high school at Ettal (1994) and later studied at Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences in Design, Technology and Business (Master in 2000, sponsored by BMW), later with BMW in Munich, Weil designed the body of the newest BMW 5 series Gran Turismo Concept.
Weil says: “BMW cars are defined by emotion. I think when you’re looking at the car, any BMW, you’re emotionally attached.”
Oliver Helmer Interior
Not much is being known about Oliver, but we do know that he designed the 5 Series GT interior, X5, X6 and the all new 5 Series.