Not long after losing Luc Donckerwolke from Bentley, SEAT has lost Stefan Lamm who had only been there for seven months.
CDN reports that Stefan Lamm has left for Mercedes’ advanced design studio in Carlsbad, California. That will be some bill for MB’s HR department when Lamm packs up from SEAT and I imagine SEAT have only just finished processing the expenses.
Lamm has had a remarkable career at Opel and Ford, with his characteristic manner of treating light and shadow as a design element on cars. Presumably he will be bringing this approach to Mercedes Benz production cars in due course. Quite possibly he will also take Ford’s and GM’s more disciplined approach to shutlines and exterior detailing to his new employer where it is most needed.
The other question is why VAG has lost two distinguished designers in a short space of time. While I admire the strength of VAG’s attention to detail, there is a corporate look to their cars which suggests that it might be difficult to impose a more individual design character on their cars.
What one notices about the work of Lamm and Donckerwolke is that none of the cars associated with them have a “Lamm” or “Donckerwolke” look but also they were quite clearly different from the cars done by others. Did VAG’s uniformity discourage them?