Many of you have repeatedly asked what is currently Mr. Padian doing. I don’t know if it is a good or bad thing, but Mr Padian started working for a Swedish Design Studio from June 5.
But it is not only Simon Padian. I get the impression that the Saab design is clustering around this design studio that based in Gothemburg, which means that those former Saab employees may work on projects for Volvo, but it also means that they are there and any new owner of Saab Automobile could have access to them as well as they could have access to those former Saab engineers that have been clustered around engineering consultancies based in Trollhättan.
On June 5, Anders Gustafsson, a former senior designer at Saab Automobile, joined Einar Hareide’s Gothenburg studio.
Anders Gustafsson started his career at Saab on 1991. During his time at Saab he worked on different Saab concept cars like the 9x, the 9-3x and the AeroX. Regarding the production cars, he worked on the 9-3 Sports Sedan and the interior of the NG 9-5.
From 2000 till 2005 he was assigned to Saab Advanced Design in Pixbo, Sweden, and from 2005 till 2009 he was part of the Saab design team.
On the same day Simon Padian also started his work at Hareide Design as design director – Sweden.
This is how his new employer describes him
Simon started his career as a designer in 1987 and got employed by Saab in 1989. During his time at Saab Simon had been working on all the major cars from Saab like the 9-5 estate, 9-3 Sport Combi, 9-7x including a number of great concept cars.
The most unique period of Simon’s career started in 2005 when he was asked to establish and run the Saab Brand Design team, this was partially formed from the original Saab Design department, which at this time became fully integrated into the GM global design organization. While still maintaining design responsibility for all Swedish produced Saab’s, the focus was to lead the only permanently brand specific design team within GM, developing the Saab Product Pillar (Progressive Design) and feeding the GM design organization with Saab relevant design trends, strategy and conceptual proposals. This not only covered mainstream products but also included the task of developing and being responsible for the design of Saab Expressions merchandising. The design strategy and many of the ideas from this work were realized in the new (2010) 9-5 as the first of Saab’s next generation products. The work also targeted a longer time frame working on defining and visualizing the Saab portfolio for 2020.
And why am I saying that Mr Padian works for Mr Hareide again?
Einar Hareide is not only the CEO and founder of Hareide Design he, for the ones that did not know it, was also chief designer at Saab Automobile.
Einar Hareide, began with Saab as a designer in 1985 and worked until 1989 before he decided take a job with Mercedes Benz briefly, then returned to Saab in 1991 as a designer until 1994. In 1994, he was appointed design director until 1999. It is important to note that Hareide worked alongside Björn Envall on the new generation 900 designs (Envall-Hareide era).
Einar Hareide was also responsible for the early introduction of the 9-5 until the first modification was made in 2002, the 9-3 which was the successor to the new generation 900, as well as the 9-3 Sport Sedan designs from 2003 until 2006, and exterior design until 2007.
On what kind of project will Simon Padian be involved in the future?
It looks like the Gothenburg studio has done some projects with Volvo Trucks and Volvo cars. One of the latest project they did for Volvo cars is the V60 PHEV. Hareide Design worked on the rims and the instrument cluster for the V60 PHEV (that will also be used in the V40), changing the typical 2-gauges Volvo Instrument cluster, to a more saabish 3-gauge instrument cluster with a central speedo.;-)