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Renault awarded for its design already!

soz for teh long post but, i got this info meme poped on my desk today.

In recognition of his years of creative design at Renault,

Patrick le Quément receives the Designer Award from the

Raymond Loewy Foundation

The Raymond Loewy foundation was created in 1991 and aims to raise public awareness of design by making it an integral part of contemporary life. On November 14, 2002 at an award ceremony in Berlin, the foundation will present its Designer Award to Patrick le Quément, Renaults Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, for his lifes work.

The jury of the foundation and its President, Michael Erlhoff, cite that their reason for selecting Patrick le Quément to receive the Designer Award 2002 was that "Patrick le Quément has a very contemporary vision of design as both a coordination and cummunications skill, and as a form of teamwork in the very best sense of the term, which aims to fuse an economically motivated form of pragmatism with a utopian society or at least a justified vision of one, and in doing so lends new and realistic dimensions to design".

The Raymond Loewy Foundation was created in Hamburg in 1991 and aims to raise public awareness of design by making it an integral part of contemporary life. The Designer Award has been presented to a broad range of individuals from different fields, such as Karl Lagerfeld (1993), Peter Lindbergh (1996), Bruno Sacco (1997), or Ingo Maurer (2000).

If you ask Patrick le Quément which of his designs means the most to him, the response is immediate: "Renault Design". There is no doubt that since 1988 Renault Design has borne his unmistakable signature: different and ahead of its time. "Come up with a new concept wherever possible, and with a distinctive design in all cases" were the instructions of Louis Schweitzer, Chairman and CEO of Renault. Taking this as his source of motivation, Patrick le Quément has asserted the image of Renault Design and has thus enabled the automotive industry to move with the times and to evolve in line with its customers expectations, which have always been central to Renault Designs approach. As a result, several models have entered automotive history: Twingo (1992), Scénic (1996), Kangoo (1997) and more recently the new Renault luxury car range with Avantime (2001), Vel Satis (2002) and Espace IV (2002). Mégane II (2002) has also brought Renaults daring styling to the more traditional mid-range segment. A number of concept cars, which were both test beds for new ideas and showcases for the latest trends, will also remain engraved in peoples minds: Argos (1994) with its pure and simple design brought a breath of fresh air to automotive design. Initiale (1995) and Vel Satis (1998) also helped to launch the new visual identity of the brand and to inaugurate Renaults new top of the range. The Touch Design concept was unveiled on Talisman (2001), and has now been applied on production versions of Mégane II. The likeable Ellypse (2002) revealed a new way of designing cars with a view to sustainable development.

Renault Corporate Design currently has 350 employees, from 22 countries, including around 100 designers. It is based at the Renault Technocentre on the outskirts of Paris. A specific feature of Renault is that Corporate Design reports directly to the Chairman, which is testament to the overwhelming importance that the brand attributes to design.



Patrick le Quément receives the Designer Award from the

Raymond Loewy Foundation

After graduating from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design in 1966, Patrick le Quément started his career as an automotive designer at Simca. In 1968, he was taken on at Ford where he remained for 17 years, moving up through the ranks. In 1985, he founded the Strategic and Advanced Design Centre for the Volkswagen group and remained in charge of this for the next two years. In 1987, the Chairman of Renault asked him to take over as head of the companys Design department.

At the end of 1994, he became Senior Vice President for Quality and Corporate Design. In 1999, after the Renault-Nissan agreement was signed, Chairman Louis Schweitzer asked him to devote his attentions once more exclusively to design, both for Renault and Nissan in order to bring greater creativity to both brands in the shortest possible timeframe.

Patrick le Quément has received many honours, including the Grand Prix National de la Création Industrielle in France in 1992, a Doctorate from University of Central England in Great Britain in 1996, and became a Chevalier of the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in France in 1998.

In addition to this, he is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris.
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They love the ugly ones! Have you seen the coincepts? Everything will be looking like an Avantime before these guys are through!

yeah, i see all sorts of concept and internal releases workinf or Renault....some are cool, some are just as if teh designer was hitting weed killer in a bong!

actually, that aint a bad idea!!!!

i cant get twingos.........well, not from HK to you....but i could source one in France through Renault.

I think a twingo with a turbod B18 would be cool......