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Jaguar's Legendary Designer Isn’t Ready To Retire Yet

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Good news: Ian Callum will continue to design stunning cars.

Last month, legendary automotive designer Ian Callum announced his retirement from Jaguar Land Rover after 20 years. Callum was responsible for establishing Jaguar's new design language and penning stunning designs for models including the F-Type two-seater sports car, the XE, XF and XJ sedans, as well as the F-Pace and I-Pace SUVs. But this doesn't mean Callum is ready to retire from automotive design work just yet.

When announcing his retirement from Jaguar Land Rover, Callum said he is leaving to "explore other design projects," but didn't provide any other details. But now we know what the legendary designer's future plans are.

It turns out Ian Callum is starting a new company, much like former McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray. Launching today, Callum's new design and engineering business, simply called 'Callum,' will create bespoke and limited-edition products for the design, lifestyle and travel sectors, with a focus on "Journeys to Destinations".

"I wanted to get back to the essence of creativity; the challenge of producing something wonderful and personal," design director Ian Callum explains. "To design the alternative has always been my mantra, but always the beautiful alternative and something to enjoy. 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."

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That doesn't give us much to go on, but things get more interesting when you find out who else is working with Callum. Based in a 20,000-ft facility in Warick, UK, the company comprises of 18 people with experience in the art, audio, automotive, fashion, lifestyle and motorsport industries. Along with Ian Callum, the founding members include program director David Fairbairn, an auto industry veteran who helped recreate the iconic Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

Other founders include engineering director Adam Donfrancesco, who worked on road and race cars for Noble, the Aston Martin GT8 and GT12, and the Jaguar F-Type GT4, and commercial director Tom Bird, who was responsible for the Jaguar C-X75 concept's appearance in the James Bond film Spectre. Details surrounding Callum's first project will be released in the coming weeks. We'll be keeping a close eye on the company's future projects.