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MINI' Lead Designer Has Left The Company

Anders Warming, the chief designer of the MINI brand, has decided to leave the company.
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Warming has led the MINI design department since late 2010, and is considered responsible for moving the British brand upmarket. Among his creations are the MINI Vision Next 100 concept, the current generation of the Clubman, the second-generation Countryman, and the Superleggera concept. The very first five-door MINI was launched under his helm, marking a significant change for the British brand.

Anders Warming was appointed the head of design for MINI after Gert Hildebrand, his predecessor, stepped down from his position at the end of 2010.

The design of MINI models was not Warming’s only concern while he worked for the BMW Group, as he had the privilege to work both under Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk as the lead exterior designer for BMW. In case the names Bangle and van Hooydonk seem unfamiliar, they are two artists that have changed the face of BMW cars at the time.

While working with the two famous designers, Warming was involved with the second generation of the BMW X3 and Z4, along with the corresponding 5 Series (E60) and 6 Series (E63/64) of the moment. Previous employments for Warming involved a two-year run at Volkswagen, just after leaving BMW’s Californian design studio in 2003.

Anders Warming was born in Denmark and educated at the Art Center College of Design in Vevey, Switzerland, as well as the institution’s equivalent in Pasadena, California. As GT Spirit notes, his former boss, Gert Hildebrand, left MINI in 2010 to head the design of Qoros, a Chinese brand with global ambitions.

The British brand owned by the BMW Group has confirmed the leave of Anders Warming, but has yet to describe his motives. The successor of Anders Warming at the helm of MINI’s design department has yet to be revealed, but we expect a press release soon to clarifiy matters.


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