CDN Milan Design Night 2024 (Maserati Rossocorso lockup)

Rethinking Luxury in Automotive Design

16 April 2024 |
Rossocorsa Milano Centro –
Maserati Official Dealer,
Milan, Italy



CDN Milan Design Night 2024 (Maserati Rossocorso lockup)

Rethinking Luxury in Automotive Design

16 April 2024 | Rossocorsa Milano Centro – Maserati Official Dealer, Milan, Italy



Rethinking Luxury in Automotive Design

16 April 2024 | Rossocorsa Milano Centro –
Maserati Official Dealer, Milan, Italy



The ideal opportunity for car designers to explore beyond the automotive industry

Join us in Milan for the second exclusive design night at the Maserati Showroom on 16 April 2024. Taking place during the Salone del Mobile, we will discuss the evolving definition of luxury in the automotive design world. As we navigate the intersection of opulence, sustainability trends, and cutting-edge technology, we delve into a pivotal question: How is the notion of luxury in automotive design transforming?

Car Design News together with an expert panel will explore the dynamic landscape of luxury in the automotive industry, questioning how it compares to other sectors like fashion, interiors and fine jewellery and watches. Learn from the best in the field as we uncover lessons and inspirations that transcend industry boundaries.

Premier Partner


Swarovski Mobility brings crystal lifestyle to the car industry with an entirely new class of design elements. Far more than merely decorative, crystal is recognized as a functional component that has set a new standard in interior and exterior design for premium and luxury cars.

From ideas through to finished products, Swarovski Mobility’s goal is to bring Swarovski’s pioneering spirit to new heights. Our combination of precision-cutting technologies with design and trend expertise has produced a prestige visual and haptic experience for the automotive industry. It enables us to help develop crystal elements for a wide variety of automotive projects, whether concept cars or serial production models.

Best practice drives everything we do – our IATF 16949 certification is testament to this. Set by the International Organization for Standardization, it represents worldwide recognition of our impressive technical specification and quality standards, from product development through to our manufacturing processes.

It underlines also an exciting vision for the future, one that will keep pushing our technical, artistic and innovation boundaries as we drive towards it.


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Established in 1832, reimagined in 2021.

Pangea is a global leather supplier to the world’s leading automotive brands, providing material solutions that drive the future of natural interiors.

Headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Pangea serves its customers on four continents with nearly 3,500 team members. For more information, visit, and follow us on LinkedIn

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Bridge of Weir Leather has been at the forefront of the automotive industry for over a century.

Their luxury, lowest carbon leathers create next-level interiors that continually raise the bar on performance. For more information visit our website.

Discussion Points

2024 Expert Panel

CDN Speakers

Klaus Busse

Head of Design, Maserati



After a decade working at Chrysler’s design studio in Michigan, Busse headed to Italy in 2015 to take on a new role as head of design for Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. He eventually moved into more of a focussed role at Maserati, but also Jeep Europe and – very important – Stellantis Design Studio where most recently he has overseen models like the MC20 and MCXtrem. An experienced designer, Busse is well respected by his peers in the car industry and beyond.

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Peter Widmann

Senior Vice President B2B and Managing Director, Swarovski Mobility



Peter Widmann is Senior Vice President B2B and Managing Director, Swarovski Mobility. With more than 20 years of experience in the consumer and luxury industry, his remit includes leading Swarovski’s global collaborations with renowned brands and designers and bringing the Swarovski lifestyle to the automotive business. He is passionate about the innovative use of crystal as a functional, as well as a decorative, component in interior and exterior design for premium and luxury cars.


Gaia Crippa

Head of Materials Innovation,Chris Lefteri Design



Gaia is the head of materials innovation at Chris Lefteri Design, a world-recognised studio that aims to change the way designers think about materials. With a degree in Industrial Design and a Master’s degree in Design and Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Gaia has developed a profound comprehension of materials and their manufacturing processes. In her role, Gaia has collaborated with leading companies and automotive brands across Europe, the US, and Asia, developing CMF strategies that weave together narrative and material innovations.


James McLachlan

James McLachlan

Editor, Car Design News



James McLachlan is editor of Car Design News, Interior Motives and Car Design Review writing, commissioning and editing the editorial output across digital and print. A design journalist for 14 years, James is interested in the intersection between car design, urban planning, technology and culture.



Date: April 16th 2023 During Milano Design Week

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

Location: Rossocorsa Milano Centro – Maserati Official Dealer
Viale di Porta Vercellina, 16, 20123 Milano

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2023 Highlights


Thank you for organising a brilliant event here in Milan on Tuesday. I had a great time, it was wonderful to meet you in person and reconnect with so many colleagues and friends.

Florian Seidl, Design Manager, R&D Department Lavazza Group
What a Car Design Night thank you, Car Design News for the invitation. Creme de la creme of a design world under same roof and lively discussions.

Kostas, Stylidis CEO and founder at Intended Future, Scientific Advisor at Geely Design Center
Wonderful to keep the tradition alive and the Milano occasion is more than perfect in lieu of the vanishing car shows! CDN is a fabulous and generous host and it was wonderful to see so many old friends!

Chris Bangle, Managing Director, Chris Bangle Associates SRL
I want to thank Car Design News for organizing another great Design Night the other day in Milan! What I loved about this event was that it was not only about car design. Milan and the furniture fair are a great inspiration for all of us and it is time to mix all creatives. So, I believe it was a first. I thank you for that and can only encourage you to continue to do so. Obviously, it was also a fun night and that was not a first! So, thank you and till next time.

Pierre Leclercq, Head of Design, Citroen
It was a lovely party, and the mood's always great!

Patrick Arkenbosch, Creative Design Manager, Hyundai Europe

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