Know Your Designers: A Q&A with Frank Stephenson, Legendary Designer for McLaren, Ferrari and Mini

Know Your Designers: A Q&A with Frank Stephenson, Legendary Designer for McLaren, Ferrari and Mini

Frank Stephenson is the prolific designer who brought back the legendary Mini Cooper in 2001, and established the look of McLaren Automotive with the MP4-12C, P1 hypercar and others. He also found time to lead Ferrari’s design department, creating the F430 and FXX, and pen the Maserati MC12, and even draw BMW’s first ever SUV, the X5.

Oh, and recently, Stephenson has been doing some of our favourite, must-watch YouTube videos in which he honestly appraises and breaks apart the design of vehicles like the Tesla Cybertruck, BMW 4 Series and Ford Bronco. Prolific is an understatement.

We caught up with Stephenson at his stunning home studio in the Buckinghamshire countryside. We were only meant to talk for 30 minutes or so, but it ended up being well over an hour. Anyway, we think you’ll enjoy what he has to say on jeans, watches, cars, good design, the Mini, how supercars are like haute couture and one terrifying moment at McLaren.  Click here to read more…..

 

Written by: Matt Bubbers, December 21, 2020

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