Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, grandson of the founder of Porsche and son of the man who started making Porsche sport cars, was born in Stuttgart in 1935. Porsche served an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at Bosch in Stuttgart before attending the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) in Ulm in 1957. By 1958, however, he was already working in the construction department at that time Porsche KG. In 1962 Ferdinand Alexander Porsche became head of the design division at Porsche KG. Most of the 1960s Porsche racing cars and sport cars are Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designs, including the "904 Carrera" (1963) and the legendary Porsche "911" (1964). In 1972 Porsche founded the Porsche Design Studio, moving it to Zell am See, Austria, in 1974.
In the following years Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed numerous lifestyle products and stylish menswear accessories, including wristwatches, glasses (e.g. for Carrera), pens, as well as many household appliances. All designs by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche are distinguished by clarity, elegance, and consummate workmanship. "Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any gimmicks that have to be explained."
Ferdinand A. Porsche received numerous international honours for his designs, for example the Austrian design award in 1979. His designs can be found - among others - at the Museum of Applied Arts in Zurich and at the MoMA in New York.