The car industry and the way in which cars are created have changed beyond all recognition over the last half-century. Whereas automotive styling was once the grudging afterthought when the engineers had finished their work, it has today evolved into sophisticated design carried out by multitalented in-house teams honing carefully crafted brand identities. One of the visionary designers at the forefront of that revolution has been Patrick le Quément. Most widely acclaimed for his 22 years in charge of Renault Design, resulting in such standout models as the Twingo, Scénic and Avantime, le Quément has enjoyed a 50-year career that has also taken in Simca, Ford and Volkswagen-Audi. Some 60 million cars across the world now bear the unmistakable stamp of le Quément. In Design: Between the Lines, le Quément charts his journey through five decades of thoughts, actions, failures and successes. He offers fascinating commentaries on design and the creative process, and on some of the extraordinary automotive brands that make up our shared cultural heritage. On a broader, more philosophical level, he also shares his views about life in general and that remarkable contraption called ‘the automobile’, which has so influenced the lives of millions of people the world over from the late 1800s to the current day. Presented as a series of 50 brief essays or ‘perspectives’, le Quément’s astute observations from the street, from the design studio and from his seat in the boardroom give the reader a penetrating and often amusing insight into the high-level workings of a global industry, its triumphs and tragedies, and the foibles of the decision-makers responsible for running it. A lively complementary text by the automotive journalist Stéphane Geffray accompanies each of le Quément’s perspectives, and illustrations are provided by the automobile designer Gernot Bracht.
‧A unique, witty perspective on car design, written by one of the most influential figures in the automotive industry
‧Presents a series of 50 brief essays on subjects ranging from classic motors and le Quément’s personal memories of Detroit to the fundamentals of good design
‧With specially commissioned illustrations and a foreword by the ‘design guru’ Stephen Bayley