Marek motors back to town
MAREK Reichman graduated from the former Teesside Polytechnic 20 years ago with a first-class BA (Hons) Industrial Design and went on to work as director of design for the car manufacturer Aston Martin.
He returned to Teesside to spend the day sharing his expertise with current BA (Hons) Product Design students. And he also brought an Aston Martin car along.
Marek said: “I had no idea when I was a 19-year-old student here in the 1980s that I’d be coming back to meet a future generation of Teesside designers and give them advice. I love coming back here, it’s right that I give a little bit back from industry and show how education is the future. It’s also important as I’ll be old one day and will hopefully be buying these students’ future products. So I’d like to make sure they look good!”
Marek also gave a presentation to the students, entitled Aston Martin, A Timeless Design.
Mark Freary, subject leader in product design, said: “It was fantastic to have Marek back here. When he said he wanted to spend the day with our students it was an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
Marek Reichman was awarded an Honorary Master of Science from the university in 2006. His talents have been viewed by millions of cinemagoers worldwide, as Marek designed the DBS car for Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond, in Casino Royale.
MY MARTIN: Marek, left, shows an Aston Martin DB9 to students Chris Barker, Michael Snowdon and Michael Clough.