R. David WilkieDavid Wilkie

Designer, Mindset AG, Switzerland; Former Design Director, Stile Bertone

A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Glasgow-born David Wilkie spent four years working for French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën before he landed at Ford’s Advanced Design Studio in Turin, Italy in 1988. Wilkie then spent the next 15 years at Ford following many projects, from the Zig and Zag concept to the interior of the Lagonda Vignale. In 2003, Wilkie became the interior design director for Stile Bertone in Italy, where he oversaw interiors for cars, trucks and yachts. In 2006, Wilkie became Stile Bertone’s overall design director, where his projects included the 2007 Fiat Barchetta concept and the 2008 Bertone Bat 11 concept. Last year, Wilkie moved to Swiss automobile upstart Mindset AG to collaborate with designer Murat Günak on a reliable, zero-emission automobile for everyday use. An aerodynamic commuter coupe powered by a lithium-battery and an optional solar roof, the Mindset is set to launch in European metropolitan areas this year.