Back in 2012, I published an exclusive interview with then newly-appointed Ferrari Vice President of Design Flavio Manzoni. In it, we covered his entire career to date: his childhood, his influences, and the future of Ferrari, which had only recently taken design in-house. The collaboration with Pininfarina would continue, Manzoni explained, but the team was growing, and the desire for customers to have their own, bespoke creations and the collaboration with engineers (not to mention Ferrari’s own windtunnel) meant that it was easier to handle the workload within the new studio in the Maranello headquarters. If you haven’t already, the interview is well worth a read…
Now, in an update of sorts, the Design Museum in London, UK, has published a video (above) of Manzoni’s speech from the opening night of the museum’s ‘Ferrari: Under the Skin‘ exhibition. Though the video is over 30 minutes long and it doesn’t go down to the level of depth as my original interview, it was an interesting presentation nevertheless. Manzoni presented the latest work undertaken at the Ferrari studio — including the new FXXK Evo, which was first publicly shown a few weeks prior to this presentation — and the LaFerrari Spacecraft speedform project, which we first published in 2015.
What the video above fails to capture, however, was the fact that Manzoni brought nearly every member of the design team to London with him to share the occasion, and he introduced each one of them to the audience, one by one. That in itself shows the kind of man (and boss) he is.
The Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition, presenting the company’s 70-year history of passion, glamour and design innovation, is open at the Design Museum in London, UK, until April 15, 2018. That’s well worth a visit too.
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