Ex-Jaguar designer Ian Callum launches independent design firm

Ian Callum

Ian Callum left Jaguar after 20 years as its design chief

New Warwick-based company comprises 18 experts and will undertake a diverse range of commissions

Ex-Jaguar designer Ian Callum has launched a new business venture, just weeks after his high-profile departure from the company’s styling department

Named after its founder and design director, Callum is an independent design and engineering firm that will create bespoke products for clients across a variety of industries, including lifestyle, travel and design. 

The new company is headquartered in Warwick, not far from where Ian himself once penned pivotal Jaguar models such as the XF and I-Pace, and comprises a team of 18 audio, art, fashion, motorsport and lifestyle experts. 

Ian said: “In today’s modern world, collaboration is the catalyst for new ideas, and this is our ethos and inspiration, both within our team and as we look to work with partners in the future.

“Callum is an exciting new chapter that will focus on ‘Journeys to Destinations’, and all that encompasses.”

Like Ian, the three co-founders of Callum have already had a significant impact on Britain’s motoring landscape. 

David Fairbairn is the new company’s programme director, and was partly responsible for Jaguar’s recreation of the iconic Lightweight E-Type, revealed in 2014. He said the new company “brings together highly experienced, skilled and enthusiastic people that share the same want – the opportunity and freedom to create and produce products that excite”. 

Other members include engineering director Adam Donfrancesco, ex-Noble and Aston Martin engineer, and commercial director Tom Bird, who helped to orchestrate the Jaguar C-X75 concept’s appearance in James Bond: Spectre. 

The company is set to release official details of its first project in the coming weeks. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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