DEARBORN –Lincoln's Chief of Interior Design, Soo Kang, has a well-tuned feel for overall harmony that creates a connection with the Lincoln buyer.
As an aspiring young harpist, she came to America from Korea.
“When I first arrived in America I lived in New York City. I was also taking art courses and found a connection between visual and non-visual art. Both transcend language and can connect with you on so many levels," says Kang.
She loved music. But, creating using visual art such as drawing and sculpting took precedence as her appreciation for the arts expanded.
“I really loved art because you can express your creativity visually. You cannot see music — it’s a fleeting moment unless you record it somehow. But, visual art is in front of you and that intrigued me. So, I attended the Cleveland Institute of Arts" she says.
Kang’s talent for design helped her to excel during her time in college and eventually she won the attention of Ford Motor Company.
“Ford sponsored a car design project at CIA, and I won first place for my design of a four-door luxury sedan,” says Kang. “After that they offered me a job before I graduated. This is my first job, and I’ve been here ever since".
Kang’s vast experience as an exterior and interior designer helps her create harmony for Lincoln interiors.
“When I first started at Ford we had mandatory rotations to different studios and projects every six months from interior to exterior" says Kang. “It was beneficial because young designers got a chance to work and learn how to build the total vehicle. They saw their sketches go from clay models to production cars on the road. This process gave us a feeling of pride and accomplishment; it's exciting when it all comes together. "
Lincoln's chief interior designer still appreciates fine music and often listens to
her favorites for inspiration.
"I love hearing Bach played by Yo-Yo Ma. His artistry of dominant and subdominant transitions translates in my mind into beautiful rhythmic forms and lines".