“My inspiration was the wing of an aeroplane”

- Michel Glenisson (33), Creative Interior Design Manager at Hyundai Motor, belongs to the young team of designers responsible for the design of the New Generation i30.

He grew up and studied in Paris before moving to Germany in 2006 and has been working for the Hyundai Motor’s European Design Center for nine years.

Michel Glenisson (33), Creative Interior Design Manager at Hyundai Motor

Michel, please tell us how you became a car designer.

For as long as I can remember I have been crazy about activities like drawing, sculpting and creating things. So after I finished high school, I started to study design in Paris. During that period I realized that cars were incredibly complex and challenging to draw, but that the effort involved was also extremely rewarding.

I mean, which other area of design gives you the opportunity to create an object of this size that will ultimately be produced in such huge numbers. I then specialized in interior car design, because I find it fascinating to bring together so many pieces in a single cohesive, practical and emotional "sculpture".

In your view, what are the highlights of the new interior design?

The dashboard is the focal point of the New Generation i30’s interior. Therefore, we made it slightly negative on the top, creating a sleek body that emphasizes the width of the car. The instrument cluster and air vents are integrated seamlessly and the display unit floats proudly on top. These elements create a very spacious and sporty feel inside the New Generation i30 that is unique in this category.

Can you explain the approach used for the interior design of the New Generation i30?

We wanted to move away from the verticality that dominates the dashboard of the current i30 and to create a more horizontal layout for the new car. As form follows function, there were practical reasons for this. We wanted to further improve the i30’s functionality, human interface and ergonomics. At the same time, our goal was to achieve a fresh, straightforward – yet iconic – look for the New Generation i30’s interior. 

What was your inspiration?

My inspiration was the wing of an aeroplane. The whole dashboard looks like a plane if you look at it from the front. I think you can see this in the dynamism and lightweight feel that the top of it expresses with this long piece connecting the air vents and the instrument cluster.

The New Generation i30 is the new people’s car. How did you make sure that the interior has the right appeal and ergonomics for everybody out there?

For us it was very important that people who sit in the car for the first time feel immediately at home and can therefore handle all the features intuitively. So we spent a lot of time looking for the right place for each of the components – for the best possible ergonomics. That’s why the display unit, for example, is positioned on the same level as the instrument cluster. All the air-conditioning controls are grouped in a separate unit underneath. The same applies to the door openers and window controls, which are also grouped. So yes, the New Generation i30 really is the new people’s car, since we designed it to meet everyone’s needs.

Thank you for your time, Michel.

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