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Chan Park, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, will take on the role of head of interior design and will implement a minimalist approach with an emphasis on aesthetics and functionality. Park previously worked for Pininfarina, Kia and Mercedes-Benz. At Nio, he was responsible, in particular, for the interior decoration of the ET9 model, which aims to compete with Maybach and Rolls-Royce. Park will replace Peter Olah as Head of Interior Design, who will handle art direction.

Chan Park, a former stylist for the Chinese Nio, has been appointed head of the interior design department at Skoda. His minimalistic approach will soon become the hallmark of the Czech brand and will affect not only the aesthetic perception of the interior decoration, but also the functionality. Park’s predecessor Peter Olah, in turn, will be in charge of 360° art direction, that is, he will be responsible for the overall design strategy and studying new trends.

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Chan Park is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art with a degree in Transport Design. He began his professional career at Pininfarina, then moved to Kia’s European office, where he was responsible for several interior projects. From 2013 to 2021, Park worked as a Senior Designer at Audi, and since 2022 he has held the position of Chief Designer at Nio. In addition to cars, the new Skoda designer is interested in photography.

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The way in which Chan Park works can be seen in the example of Nio ET9. The electric car is aimed at competing with Mercedes-Maybach, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac, so the interior focuses on the second row. Separate chairs can be moved longitudinally and the angle of their backrests can be changed within a range of 45 degrees. In addition, there are ottomans, a massager, ventilation, electrical adjustments, 14.5-inch tablets, a refrigerated minibar, tables and holders with charging for gadgets.

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