RIP the creator of the Porsche 911 and my kettle
Hardly any fifty year-old car designs have endured continuous production, evolving into icons that outlast not only their competitors but also their inventor. Sadly, on the 5th April, the Porsche 911’s designer, Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the grandson of the Stuttgart company’s patriarch, became survived by his most celebrated creation.
At the age of 23 years, F.A. Porsche joined the company’s design office, became the Head of Porsche Design four years afterwards and, barely 12 months after that, the Porsche 911 was unveiled. The iconic model has survived through seven successive generations and remains one of the most recognisable, timeless and elegant of sports cars.
When Porsche became a limited company in the early 1970s, the Porsche family stepped down from the company’s business operations but F.A. Porsche did not allow his talents as a designer to be wasted and he established the Porsche Design Studio. His conviction of “good design should be honest” was applied to a host of men’s accessories, consumer goods and even household appliances, all of which reflected the designer’s additional repute as a functionalist.
Aside from the numerous honours and awards for his work as a designer, F.A. Porsche became the car company’s Supervisory Board Chairman from 1990, a role that was handed to his son, Ferdinand Oliver, in 2005, prior to him taking the position of Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Porsche AG may mourn F.A. Ferdinand’s passing but it is certain that the iconic 911 dynasty that he founded will continue for many decades to come.