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Bangle butts out


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 )

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