Tesla’s lead interior designer leaves to helicopter startup Skyryse

Tesla’s lead interior designer, Peter Blades, has left the company, deciding to take his talents to Skyryse, a company attempting to revolutionize the helicopter.

Blades’ career at Tesla has been vast, spanning over nine years, having been responsible for the creative design of the interior for some of Tesla’s most popular vehicles.

Blades first started at Tesla in 2014 as the Principal Design Lead for the interior of the Model 3. From there Blades also assumed the lead of the Creative Design team for the Semi in 2016, where he was responsible for the design vision and interior functional concepts for the Semi. At the same time Blades was working on the design for the interior of the Model Y, holding the position of Creative Design Lead for the past 5+ years.

But his work wasn’t limited to vehicles now in production, having also worked as Creative Design Lead for the interior of the second-generation Roadster, which as we told you about earlier today, is now expected to ship next year with some mind-blowing specs.

His work also wasn’t limited to Tesla, having also worked on the interior of the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX.

With all of those accomplishments under his belt, Blades has decided to move on to Skyryse, with the company announcing today that he will be their new Vice President of Design.

According to CEO Dr. Mark Groden, Blades will use his talents to revolutionize the interior of their helicopters, just like he did for automobiles with the Model 3.

“Until now, cockpit design has been an afterthought in aviation. Peter’s mission is to bring his innovative design approach to further elevate the Skyryse One interior – and all of our future aircraft design – to match the simplified, integrated, and revolutionary SkyOS™ technology that pilots will use to fly them.

Dr. Mark Groden

Before Blades joined Tesla, he worked as a Senior Interior Designer at Nissan, holding the same position at Kia prior to that. Blades started his career at General Motors, spending six and a half years at the company as Creative Designer.

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