About Michiel van den Brink
1977 - Barneveld - The Netherlands
After my study Industrial Design at the Delft Technical University, I started working as industrial designer, illustrator and graphic designer, expressing a strong passion for everything mobile, pure, simple and efficient. Combining these characteristics with clear and simple shapes into a beautiful and useable product is my strength and true passion. Whether I work on cars, bicycles, furniture or sculptures, I always strive to create objects of elegance and timeless beauty.
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 impressive Spyker D8 Peking to Paris SSUV concept car. This extraordinary ‘Super Sports Utility Vehicle’ was penned under the guidance of Spyker CEO Victor Muller with the Middle Eastern and American markets in mind. The Peking to Paris concept car was first shown to the public at the 2006 Geneva Autosalon.
The year 2006 saw me design the Vandenbrink 599 GTO, a custom rebody of the wonderful Ferrari 599 GTB. The design was inspired by the iconic Le Mans winning and now multi-million dollar 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. The design was to reuse the Ferrari 599’s excellent chassis and drivetrain and carry out what is commonly referred to as a “re-image” of the 1963 250 GTO bodywork. My design received a very warm welcome in the press and won the GOOD DESIGN AWARD by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum.
In 2010 I set up my own design house under the “Atelier Michiel van den Brink” name, with the sole intention of building customer commissioned and my own brand of bespoke cars and motorcycles. I have been working hard to make sure my company can deliver the best of design coupled with creative suppliers in The Netherlands and England to ensure your and my desires are surpassed.
In 2011 I teamed up with Rolf van der Heiden to create the most beautiful, most agile and fastest street legal motorcycle of the 21st century. We designed the VanderHeide Gentleman's Racer with a full carbon fiber monocoque and a never-before-seen front suspension system. The VanderHeide "Black Beauty", as I affectionally call her, is both a stylish Road Bike as well as a highly effective, lightweight and powerfull Track Racer.
In 2016 I returned to my original GTO design. Time has moved on and Ferrari now make the glorious F12berlinetta. The proportions and mechanical developments gave me a new desire to evolve my design and use carbon fiber instead of aluminium to create an even more dramatic and modern design…