Interview: Gorden Wagener, Chief Designer Mercedes-Benz

The designer bridging rapidly developing software with long-lasting hardware to create the luxury automobiles of the future

As far as plum roles go in the industry go, being the chief designer for Daimler—parent of luxury stalwart Mercedes-Benz—is nonpareil. The brand’s carefully curated image bridges luxury and lifestyle in a way that others can only seek to emulate. When Serena Williams holds up the US Open trophy at mid-court, the prominent Mercedes three-pointed star—visible to all on either end of the net—is no …