• Feb 13, 2009
For those who have been wondering when and where lightning-rod designer Chris Bangle will surface again, Automotive News has some scuttlebutt for you. According to the industry publication, the controversial BMW stylist has some plans of his own – for a new design studio.

While Bangle has not yet gone on record as saying anything, BMW's development head, Klaus Draeger has reportedly spilled the flame-surfaced beans, saying: "He's going to make his own dream come true. He's going to open his own design studio."

It isn't yet clear whether Bangle's next project will have an automotive focus or take his talents to other disciplines, but early reports (and a likely non-compete clause in his Bavarian contract) would probably indicate that he will move on to other things. If Bangle does make room for automotive consulting at some point, his design influence could well spread beyond BMW.

[Automotive News - subs req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      As a thought, how could it be cars? You could not even expect the auto industry to be in such termoil, nonetheless leave your job during it. Be curious to see what he does, one thought I had was designing aftermarket accessories so his styles could be on countless cars or opposite direction of painting. Oh well, hes doing the press hype well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Say what you will about Bangle, but BMW hired him to do a job; move BMW's styling in a new direction. At first I did not particularly care for his designs, but they were different. Now BMWs look pretty sweet and Bangle's touch is still visible. I say give the guy a break.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Fast Eddie: To add some context to what you said: In the beginning, when Chris Bangle, Adrian van Hooydonk, etc, went all out with the full-blown flame surface fad at BMW, you didn't like their cars that much. Now that BMW has wised up and toned down on flame surfacing, you think they look pretty nice. If that is really what you meant to say, then we can agree the flame surface fad was a failure, and the guy deserves the criticism he receives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well, it would be really easy to spot his new work
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that's a cool name.... Axel... Axel Ganz
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that the bangle treatment could actually work pretty well on electronics or appliances.....just definitely no more cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the flame-surfaced iPhone
      • 5 Years Ago
      "It isn't yet clear whether Bangle's next project will have an automotive focus or take his talents to other disciplines, but early reports (and a likely non-compete clause in his Bavarian contract) would probably indicate that he will move on to other things."

      Bangle-ized airplanes?
      Bangle-ized buildings?
      Bangle-ized boats?

      Actually, I could see myself buying a Bangle-ized computer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bangle-ized buildings already exist in the form of Frank Gehry's work.. Frank is a big influence on Bangle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If Bangle does make room for automotive consulting at some point, his design influence could well spread beyond BMW."

      As has already been pointed out here and many other places, his design influence already has spread beyond BMW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "USS Kitty Hawk this is recon team Alpha. Request air-strike on target BAngle Studio, over"

      "Alpha team this is Kitty Hawk, we copy. In-bound, strike team. Transmit co-ordinates and clear the area ASAP"

      • 5 Years Ago
      "His design influence may spread elsewhere,,,,,,,,". What? Like the Plague? Lord help us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is really cool. I wouldn't mind working for the guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Horror of horrors, Bangleized bikinis
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