My career as a car designer began in 2005 at Spyker Cars NV in The Netherlands, where I created the exterior and interior styling of the D8 Peking to Paris SSUV, which was first shown at the 2006 Geneva Autosalon. The extraordinary Super Sports Utility Vehicle was penned under the guidance of Spyker CEO Victor Muller and the car is currently being developed towards series production by Lotus Engineering.
In 2006 I teamed up with entrepreneur Robert Koumans to start my own automotive design company Vandenbrink Design. The company was set up to design and produce custom coachwork for highly exclusive sports cars, of which the first was my design for a new Ferrari GTO. This Vandenbrink GTO was based on the Ferrari 599 GTB and designed as a tribute to the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO.
In April 2010, the time came to continue my business as an independent designer, leaving Vandenbrink Design to my former business partner and to create new designs under the “Atelier Michiel van den Brink” name.
“In order to create timeless beauty, one must respect the past, enjoy the present and look with enthusiasm into the future.”