Porsche Design Group
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Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG), based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, was founded in November 2003 as a majority-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG to combine Porsche AG's and Porsche Design Group's accessories and licensing business into one single company. The company's activities are focused on the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria, which works also for other companies in the field of industrial and product design, and the "Porsche Design" and "Porsche Driver's Selection" brands.
Originally, there were five independently operated companies with 2 different brands: "Porsche Design/Design by F.A. Porsche" and "Porsche Selection".
The Porsche Design Studio was established in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1972 by Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche and designer of the Porsche 911. Porsche Design does not stand for a form language but for a special way of thinking. The Porsche 911 is just one example of the many timeless objects Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed throughout his career, all of which are based on a principle that is as simple as it is ingenious: "If you analyze the function of an object its form often becomes obvious."[this quote needs a citation]
The Design Studio was relocated to Zell am See, Austria, in 1974. Porsche has been producing car-related accessories since the 1950s, with luggage series, purses, T-shirts, calendars, model cars and buttons being offered in the "Porsche Boutique". In the decades that followed, numerous classic accessories such as watches, sunglasses, and writing utensils were created and marketed worldwide. At the same time a large number of industrial products, household appliances, and consumer goods – even streetcars for the city of Vienna – were designed under the "Design by F.A. Porsche" brand. In 1994 the merchandising division of Porsche AG finally acquired the name "Porsche Selection", which was changed to "Porsche Driver's Selection" in 2004. In the year 2012 Porsche Design celebrated its fortieth anniversary and opened several concept stores all around the world. Current CEO Dr. Christian Kurtzke started in 2015.
In July 2014 the Porsche Design Group founded a subsidiary in Switzerland to continue its tradition of offering high-quality timepieces. "Porsche Design Timepieces AG", based in the Swiss Canton "Jura", is responsible for developing and producing exclusive Porsche Design timepieces; marketing and sales is overseen by the Porsche Design Group based in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The first watch series offered solely by Porsche Design went on sale in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Since 2005 all products have been developed and marketed under the brand name Porsche Design.
The P'6510 was the world's first black chronograph released 1972. In July 2015 Porsche Design launched its new timepieces collection, the Chronotimer Series 1.
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In 1978 Porsche Design presented the spectacles P'8478, one of the most worn sunglasses in the world. The P'8479 was worn by Yoko Ono on various[which?] record covers and magazine covers.
In 2011 Porsche Design partnered with RIM to create the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 smart phone featuring a stainless steel and leather design. In 2013 Porsche Design began selling the P'9982 in stainless steel and either crocodile or Italian leather. The device has increased the internal memory of its sister model, the Z10 with a large touch-screen and 64GB memory on board. Together with a 64GB microSD slot the phone can have a total storage of 128GB. In the Fall of 2014 Porsche Design developed the Porsche Design P'9983 phone based on the BlackBerry Q10 with 64GB of on board internal memory.
The Porsche Design Studio also worked within the transport industry to design projects such as the MX3000 three-car electric multiple units built exclusively for the Oslo Metro by Siemens in Vienna, Austria, being used as modified versions in Vienna (U-Bahn) and Singapore (Airport Metro).
Porsche Design is also active in the real estate business designing luxury residences such as the "Porsche Design Tower Miami" featuring three innovative car elevators lifting residents in their cars into so called "Sky Garages" as part of the apartment. Besides Miami there will be the first Porsche Design Tower in Europe: the "Porsche Design Tower Frankfurt" being finalized in 2018 alongside many other projects in the future to come.
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