“A formally harmonious product needs no decoration, it should be elevated through pure form.” – Ferdinand Porsche
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was the head of the Porsche Design Team, when the classic 911 was created in the early 1960s. The car is now in it’s 7th generation and still remains recognizably brand-defining the same classic vehicle.
Recalling the design process, Porsche said: “Right from the start the specification was that the car had to be instantly recognizable as a Porsche from its silhouette.”
Porsche was the son of former Porsche Chairman Ferry Porsche, who died in 1998. Born December 11th 1935 in Stuttgart, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche started spending time in his grandfather’s workshops as a little boy. He studied at the “Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm” and joined the company in 1958.
In 1972, he founded Porsche Design Studio, where the elegant functionalist created eyeglasses, watches and pens.
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria, at the age of 76. He was put to rest in a private ceremony in the chapel at Schuettgut, the Porsche family’s estate in Zell am See, Austria.