It seems like only yesterday that Chris Bangle stepped down as BMW's chief designer, but it's already been four years. Dutch designer Adrian van Hooydonk filled his shoes, until being promoted to the overarching SVP of BMW Group Design position. Now the task of heading up BMW automobile design has fallen to the relatively youngish (42) Canadian industrial designer Karim Antoine Habib.
In this video we not only get to see cool shots of Habib checking out the International Design Museum Archive (where I was surprised to see the TV collection supported on sagging, melamine-covered particle board shelves!), but we also hear him break down how he translates BMW's DNA into design work, as well as what it's like to manage and oversee a team of designers. It also doesn't hurt to see him whipping around town in that sweet 2002* with the Jetsons beltline.
*Hardcore classic Bimmer fans: Is that a '68?