• Oct 20, 2010
Inframe interviews Chris Bangle – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you've ever wondered how former BMW design guru Chris Bangle's mind works, you're in luck. Inframe has rolled out a special documentary on the man behind some of the more controversial design elements in the BMW stable, and the site has even been so kind as to roll out a teaser video to give us an idea of what to expect from its documentary on Bangle.

Over the course of the quick five-minute clip, the designer touches on everything from his time with General Motors to the inner workings of the separate companies under the BMW banner when he arrived at the German manufacturer at age 35. Bangle also shares what he has tucked away in his own personal garage at the moment, including one very special classic. We won't spoil it for you. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Chris A!

[Source: BMW Blog]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am really interested in watching this, tried a few times... it buffers every 3 seconds and pauses... can't sit through that :-(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I grew to really appreciate Bangle when I saw him present him at Art Center's first summit on Sustainable Mobility.

      First, it took me a short while to notice that he was the only design executive of that level to be attending (in Pasadena, at that, a long way from his office).

      Not only that, but he didn't just give a presentation (one of the best on corporate commitment to sustainability, at a number of different levels, I've ever seen & that I wish I had to stream on my computer as a screen saver) or sit on a panel discussion, but he attended all of the speakers' presentations in the audience and took part in all of the break-out sessions, democratically sharing time, ideas with a wide range of people (professional & student alike).

      Between sessions? He wandered around and sought out students to discuss the issues of design & sustainability, as well as made himself absolutely approachable.

      What I learned? The guy has no fear of risk or failure. He has a wicked sense of humor, seemingly only exceeded by his commitment to solving problems as much as to creating a different-looking luxury car. He presents ideas, even the most intangible and subjective, most creatively, yet most clearly.

      Really, if there's a company out there that needs a guy to run product development (not just "styling"), this is the guy for you. Incredible... and coming from someone (me) who really despised the 7 the first time I saw it, this may be the most incredible thing about Mr. Christopher Bangle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Highly intelligent and highly interesting person. I am sure it would be a pleasure to have an in-depth talk with him. Not sure about the design, tho...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris Bangle is an amazing designer I can say that it is 10 years a head of any design trend of this moment, because of this sometimes people think that his BMW is too futuristic for this moment but in the future you will have a great BMW design that will last too many years like a new car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Accidentally, he did start some trends in car design. Remember the back of the previous 7series? Every car jounalists ridicule them. Then it start to appear behind Mercedes, Lexus & Toyota, to name a few. Now that he's gone, other car designers will get back to the old safe flat design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never had a problem with Bangles' styling. In fact that generation of BMW got me more interested in the brand. Now the most recent Bimmers are turning me off of the brand. They look wrong somehow, and like everything else they're getting too big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's big "Z" if you look closely. Subtle design cues, but I still think the Z4 is horrendous looking overall.

        Check out the base of the "A" pillar where it meets the door of an E90 3-series and tell me that clusterf* wasn't a design afterthought.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naggs

        It's difficult to discern in that shot you posted, but the crease in the fender actually lines up perfectly with the a-pillar and creates a very nice visual effect when you stand back and take a good look at it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like Bangle's design as well, the cars that he designed are interesting. I think that the newer cars look a little too bland.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the crease is supposed to represent the extension of the A-pillar into the body as a skeletal element; visibly pushing against the taught exterior skin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have no idea, I'm not a designer. From my view I'd say it's just a bit of complexity added. Those Z4's are some of my fav BMW's. Does it really hurt the design that much to you? If so why?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new 5 series and 7 series finally are starting to look good again. Bangle basically ruined them for many years. They are still overly complicated, but at least the new versions look like they are next step in evolution from the pre-Bangle editions. Bangle may very well be intelligent, but that doesn't mean he's not inept at what he does. Kudos to BMW for restoring class and sanity to their design philosophy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the cars are starting to look like BMWs again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean kudos to BMW for restoring the notion of "same sausage different size"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did "a peek into [Bangle's] mind" reveal a steaming pile of crap? Because that's what his designs were. (And this is coming from a VP, creative director with a wife who is also an art director--and she hates his stuff even more than me).

      I think Bangle must have seen just how good BMW's previous designs had gotten and figured he couldn't possibly do better, so he just had to do different. But the problem is, different isn't necessarily good. And his stuff wasn't good.

      Sorry, I realize everyone here is being polite and giving him props for being different, but let's be real... nothing he designed will be timeless like the stuff that came before him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad interview.....Sorry but not all cars should be appreciated, although I get his point.......I wonder what he thinks of the JUKE
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably that its more tasteful then the back ends of most of his work. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chris Bangle's E46 M3 is what got me into bmw. Thank you Chris your style is timeless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I respect Chris Bangle. He revolutionized BMW for the better. The current BMW designs have no creativity and they all look the same. Compare Bangle's 5 series to the current one that looks like a larger 3 series. All his designs were good, even the Z4 looked nice ( It looks nicer now), i have always loves the 6 series's rear end with the duck tail. maybe it's just me but i feel like Bmw is dead without him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I for one really liked his styling. As others mentioned, I think if falls squarely in the 'postmodern' category, something not everyone can appreciate. It was unique, ballsy, and despite what so many say, not ugly-just atypical. I think the divide here is mostly generational; younger, more modern people like it while traditionalists and frumpy old baby-boomers hate it because they can't wrap their heads around it, preferring more bland and conservative styling in all things, not just cars. One of the earlier posts even said the newest direction was 'making a traditionalist happy' or something along those lines, which illustrates my point perfectly...
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