Chris Bangle to oversee the design of notebooks and phones at Samsung

News | March 12th, 2011 by 10
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According to Autoblog, Chris Bangle, the controversial former head of BMW design, has joined forces with Samsung to oversee the design of notebooks and phones. …

According to Autoblog, Chris Bangle, the controversial former head of BMW design, has joined forces with Samsung to oversee the design of notebooks and phones. The talented American designer left BMW back in 2009 after 17 years, and after two years of non-compete agreement and focusing on teaching, he returns to industrial design.

After leaving BMW, Bangle has also setup his own firm, Chris Bangle and Associates, and has been working on designing yachts and electronics.

The South Korea-based Samsung says Bangle is operating as an outside influence on the design of their phones and laptops and will still work on his own projects outside of the company.

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“This is an investment to secure a famous global designer in order to make our designs more luxurious,” said a senior Samsung official. “We will set up a design research center for Bangle in a European location, such as Italy, and have about 10 researchers from Samsung work with him.”

Hyundai Motor was also known to be aggressively trying to recruit Bangle as its new head of design. But Bangle declined the offer. There was speculation that Hyundai was not able to match a reported $8.9 million salary required to snag Bangle.

Although details have not been officially announced, it is said that Bangle will receive several million dollars from Samsung Electronics and will hold the rank of one of the company’s presidents.

[Source: JoongangDaily ]

10 responses to “Chris Bangle to oversee the design of notebooks and phones at Samsung”

  1. John says:

    I wish him well and Success with his new career. 17 years that is a darn respectful a long time in which BMW has trusted in him and he been loyal to the Brand.
    Let haters hate but without Bangle Audi Q7 wouldn’t have seen delight and many other nice cars which aren’t BMW related.

    With Bangle design talent, Apple Inc. design days are marked as being the Fashion icon.

    Hopefully people will wakeup and see what true designers can archive soon.

  2. bob says:

    Interestingly, the article cites former VW designer, Peter Schreyer, who is now at KIA. In the February 2011 issue of CAR, Schreyer had some nice things to say about CEB.

  3. Doug says:

    I for one wish he had never left. BMW designs are now so conservative it’s hard to tell the difference between front and rear. Not bad just so boring. If I wanted an Audi, I’d just buyone…. :-)

  4. mohamed amine assalihi says:

    I AMINE from morocco i am very like bmw and my father also and i am not trust any design because i have a reason one car in the world arround in my mind is bmw and to being once like christopher he is very important for me and hope to study in america same he is job i am very like

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