Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, has been declared Interior Designer of the Year in the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards. Hosted by the Automotive Interiors Expo 2013, the second Automotive Interiors Expo Awards was a ceremony that honored the world’s finest designers, innovations and products in the automotive interiors arena. With a judging panel that boasted some of the world’s leading automotive journalists, the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards promise to become one of the most sought-after accolades within the automotive industry.
The list of nominees for designer of the year was created by automotive designers and interior specialists worldwide who were asked to nominate the designer who they believed had not only made the largest contribution to improving cabin quality, innovation and environment over the last 12 months, but whose efforts on a subjective and aesthetic level were judged to be industry leading or indeed changing. They were not allowed to nominate themselves or a colleague employed by the same company. Under his stewardship, design director Ian Callum has helped realize an all-new interior styling direction for the legendary British car maker, with a dynamic and vibrant sporting-style interior adopted for the groundbreaking new F-Type, which drew inspiration from fighter airplane cockpits. The controls, for example, are ergonomically grouped by function and further aeronautical inspiration can be found in the joystick-shaped SportShift selector controlling the eight-speed transmission. The air vents on top of the dashboard are a particularly neat styling touch and only deploy when instructed to by either the driver or complex control algorithms.
Commenting on the news, Callum said: “It’s an honor to receive this award. I find it hugely gratifying that I and Jaguar Design are being recognized for interior design.
“The interiors of Jaguars have always been very special places for me personally, and so it has been essential to create new, fresh ideas, while maintaining the warmth and fun that is true to the brand. We set out to create interior environments that not only work well, but create a sense of theatre and occasion. I am very proud of my team, having achieved this with such conviction and clarity in all of our current products: the XF and XJ saloons, the XK and, of course, the new F-TYPE sports car.”
Born in Dumfries, Scotland, Ian studied Industrial Design at Glasgow School of Art and tailored his talents with a two-year course in Automobile Design at the Royal College of Art. His outstanding performance at the Royal College of Art led to him being recruited by Ford in 1978 and he spent 12 years working in the company’s design studios, before going on to work at Ghia, TWR and Aston Martin. Ian joined Jaguar in 1999 and under his direction, Jaguar Design have taken the brand into an exciting new era. Following concepts including the R-Coupe, RD-6 and Advanced Lightweight Coupe, within the space of just three years the Jaguar production range changed completely. The first of the new era of Jaguar cars was the aluminium-bodied XK, this being followed by the XF and current XJ saloons – each representing a further iteration of the marque’s bold new design language. That new design language has been further defined with the recently launched F-TYPE two-seater sports car.