Sometimes it’s good to get back to basics — which is exactly what Harry Weimann has started to do in his regular “Interior Insights” column for Performance & Hotrod Business magazine. For 2015, the former trimmer-turned-director of operations at WyoTech is shifting focus from writing about the business of auto upholstery to teaching people how to do it.
Speaking of transparent car interiors, check out the new Jaguar/Land Rover 360° Urban Windscreen — which, through a clever use of exterior cameras and interior projectors, allows drivers to see right through every one of the vehicle’s pillars, putting an end to blind spots.
Swiss automaker Rinspeed is renown for its cutting edge designs and often outlandish concepts. From inflatable upholstery to stand-up seating, they’re not afraid to try anything — which, of course, is why their introduction of transparent Recaro seats doesn’t shock us in the least.
It’s no secret that there’s a lack of talented and qualified upholsterers in the automotive industry. Among the many reasons why are a shortage of training programs and the length of time it takes to master the craft. That’s why The Hog Ring has always been intrigued by the stories of how the best upholsterers in our industry got their start. One of the most fascinating stories is that of Jean-Noël Greffeuille, owner of JNG Creations in Pittsboro, NC.