Philippe Holland - Biography
Make no doubt about it Philippe Holland is a car-guy, but not your typical Stylist.
Born and educated in the UK to a French mother and British father, Philippe was one of the first graduates from Art Center College of Design (Europe).
Starting off as a freelance Product Designer in 1991, firstly in London and then in France, Philippe later developed a radical 'West Coast Lifestyle' Pickup version of the Renault Twingo to showcase his ideas. Presented to Renault in 1996, the prototype is still being used as a support vehicle for the Tour de France.
Professional opportunities saw Philippe head to Germany in 1999 where he joined JCI, before returning to France in 2003.
Having held Senior Design Management positions for ten years at PSA Peugeot-Citroen and having worked as a Senior Designer and Design Manager on projects for many prestigious brands for JCI, Philippe has in-depth knowledge and understanding of both the creative side of car design and production design requirements.
In charge of a PSA production studio, his team was responsible for developing the styling models of a number of vehicles into fully feasible production ready cars, for two very different brands.
He fully understands the production design process, the associated tools, A-class surfacing sign offs, 3D prove out models and 3D virtual models.
As a creative Design Manager at Style Citroën he was in charge of a large (37 designers) multi-national design team, looking after both interior and exterior projects.
His role also included, hiring the best talent, organising internships and sponsored projects.
Before leaving his last position, he developed as Chief Designer, the face-lift of a compact MPV that went on to gently introduce the new face of the brand.
Working very closely with internationally renowned design schools, Philippe has run projects looking at future vehicle solutions and new styling directions.
Earlier in his career whilst running his own company he also taught vehicle design in Paris and years later came full circle and managed some of his ex-students.
Still very closely linked with design education, Philippe has been a Jury President for both Transportation and Product design courses and has worked with schools in the UK, France, Japan, India, Germany and the USA.
His new company EMD was a finalist in the prestigious Spark Design awards in 2013 and their unique business model still maintains close collaboration with design schools.
Passionate about real design (content as well as styling), Philippe and EMD are developing new vehicle types and specialise in Alternative Mobility Solutions, Automotive Design and Design Management.
He has just returned from Shanghai where he was the General Manager and Design Director for Technicon Design.
With his dual nationality British/French and perfect mastery of both languages, Philippe is both well travelled and internationally experienced.
A car-guy with a stacked desk and occasionally grubby fingernails, when time allows, you will find him elbows deep into the engine bay of one of his classic cars or working on his Hot-Rod.
A keen amateur cook, with a taste for spice, Philippe thrives in a positive atmosphere, greatly appreciates working with professionals but somehow rarely suffers fools.
Married with a young daughter and son, Philippe and EMD are now based on the West Coast of France.
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