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Bangle butts out

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Chris Bangle, the enigmatic designer who got people talking about car design again and put his name to some of the most challenging surfaces and proportions this side of a collision between the Bilbao Gugenheim and the Titanic, has left BMW to  “to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry”.

Although many will applaud his departure I can’t help admire a man who shook up a stuffy old brand like BMW and could hold forth so passionately on so many topics. Hearing him give press interviews in Paris last year was a treat. I’m looking forward to seeing what he puts his mind to next.

As an extra treat, here’s Chris giving a great lecture on cars as art at TED. Well worth a watch:

(Source: Automotive News,Image: © Andrew Philip Artois Smith 2008 )

Category: Car, Design

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