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Alexander Klatt, who is Fisker’s Director of Interior Design, comes with 18 years of experience at BMW, says that leather and softness—and a feeling of craftsmanship—were aims in designing the interior. According to Klatt, there was a concerted effort to reserve metal and glass for smooth, flat surfaces, and use soft synthetics and leather for any curved surfaces, with wood and other distinctive, grained materials used very sparingly as an accent.

Schlecht, who has many years of experience in procurement, says that one of the biggest challenges of the project, at first, was getting suppliers to understand what Fisker wanted. These sourcing philosophies were completely new to most of the suppliers, which were accustomed to automakers having special requests for one-off concepts, then going with a cheaper, less environmentally sound material for the production vehicle.

“We’re the first one doing it,” Schlecht says, adding that “some of the suppliers needed pushing” to step away from their ordinary portfolio of materials.

2009 Detroit auto show

2009 Detroit auto show

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2009 Detroit auto show

2009 Detroit auto show

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2010 Fisker Karma

2010 Fisker Karma

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Fisker Karma S concept

Fisker Karma S concept

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  1. "Surprisingly good looking in person"

    The interiors look really well done. The fact that they offer an animal-free option is amazing. Mercedes used to offer man-made interiors materials... do they still do this?
     
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