Published on June 28th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar is ‘Interior Designer of the Year.’
The Automotive Interiors Expo Awards has named Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, as ‘Interior Designer of the Year.’ Callum said on receiving the award that he finds it “hugely gratifying” that he and Jaguar Design are being recognized for interior design. He added that the interiors of Jaguar cars have always been “very special places” for him personally, so it has been essential to “create new, fresh ideas, while maintaining the warmth and fun that is true to the brand.” Callum remarked that they aim to create interior environments that does not only work well, but also create a sense of “theatre and occasion.” The Automotive Interiors Expo Awards celebrate the best designers and innovations as well as products in the field of automotive interiors. Nominees for the Interior Designer of the Year are selected by auto designers and interior specialists around world. A panel of world-renowned journalists is tasked to decide who will receive the award.
Callum took up Industrial Design at Glasgow School of Art and furthered his knowledge and skills by studying Automobile Design at the Royal College of Art. He was recruited by Ford in 1978, and stayed at the carmaker for 12 years working in its design studios. After his stint at Ford, Callum went on to work for Ghia, TWR and Aston Martin.
He joined Jaguar in 1999, and became responsible for taking Jaguar Design and the carmaker into new heights. Under his guidance, Jaguar was able to unveil a number of excellent vehicle concepts like the R-Coupe, RD-6 and Advanced Lightweight Coupe. He was also instrumental in implementing Jaguar’s new bold design language from the concepts to production models like the new-era XK, XF and XJ models. This design language was further reiterated with the F-Type two-seater sports car.