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Katherine Bedwell, Interior Design Director, Oppenheim

Bedwell is a bicontinental and multidisciplinary architect and designer. She was born in southern Chile and grew up in Miami. Katherine earned her BArch degree from Pratt Institute in New York, and later completed a Master’s degree in Architecture, at the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.   Katherine has over 25 years of local and international professional experience designing, developing, managing, and liaising multidisciplinary projects in the fields of architecture, interiors & design. She specializes in high-end residential, hospitality, retail, exhibitions & furniture design. Some prominent projects she has worked on include:  The Ritz Carlton Residences in Miami Beach, Illa Bimini Resort and Residences in Bahamas, Omm Hotel in Barcelona, and LaLuz Restaurant located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai´s DIFC district.

Katherine holds three design nominations – Delta Awards: 2007 & 2011, and Designpreis 2009. Her works have been published in professional magazines and books in Spain,

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Mercedes-Benz Exterior Design Director on Sensual Purity

Robert Lesnik has been with Mercedes–Benz a scant four years, but he has already had the opportunity to make his mark. Appointed to head exterior design at the company since the start of the year, Lesnik effectively replaces Hans-Dieter Futschik in overseeing all exterior design for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s passenger cars. He’s had a lot of practice already.

In his previous role as exterior design chief – a position now filled by former Audi designer Achim Badstübner – Lesnik devised the successful shapes of concept cars like the Concept CLS Shooting-Brake, Concept-GLA, Concept Style Coupe/CLA, and fabulous Concept S-Class Coupe. He also led the exterior design of the recent C-Class, S-Class and S-Class Coupe.


He’s now overseeing a team of 65 people – including design engineers – and tasked with developing the next phase of the ‘sensual purity’ design ethos he helped create since joining the company in 2009.


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