It took two brave designers to get this thing out.
When the Buick Avista concept was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, we were amazed at what the automaker was able to create. We thought that it was a no-brainer that GM would actually build the car. Now we have learned more about the Avista's less than likely birth thanks to a great bit of reporting from Mashable. It turns out that this stunning piece of rolling artwork almost wasn't created at all. GM designers John McDougall and Aaron Stich had to perform an act of mutiny just to get their bosses to green light the project.
McDougall and Stich (29 and 28 years old respectively) were asked to sketch out the interior for the Avista. They weren't given charge of the project, just asked for some designs. When GM builds a concept, the normal process is to gather ideas in the US and then hand the idea off to the global team, which either rolls with the idea or throws it away and starts over. The two designers wanted to contribute more than just a few sketches, so they worked in secret to design the entire interior in just two weeks. Car designs for GM typically take months because each sketch is sent up for approval and usually requires input from dozens of people. McDougall and Stich skipped this process entirely in the two weeks they spent feverishly working.
The duo filled the walls of their design studio with sketch after sketch of the interior. Then-chief of Buick design Andrew Smith saw the sketches and eventually relented when the pair pleaded to let them continue working on the project. Of course he wasn't overly excited at first. Smith told the designers that "You two have pulled a mutiny." Luckily others at GM liked what the pair had come up with and were stunned with the end result, which was completed in just a month. They ended up showing the car at the Detroit Auto Show and the rest is history. Now all Buick has to do is actually build it. Even if the Avista never goes into production, we know that GM does still have designers who can create revolutionary interiors and exteriors.