At the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Ms. Hewlett studied industrial design, fine arts and furniture building, gaining experience in working with wood, metal, fiber, ceramics and glass, and particularly in learning about how to relate such materials to one another. “It’s one of the crucial points of a vehicle, all these materials coming together and harmonizing,” she said.
Her previous work included color and materials for the 2009 MKS.
“When the new MKS was coming out we thought it would be a really good match for her because of her taste level, her sense of style, as well as her skills,” said Susan Sage, the color and materials design manager at Ford.
It was because of the success of those vehicles that Ms. Hewlett was chosen to be part of the team that designed the 2007 MKR concept car and now the MKT, Ms. Sage said.
Ms. Hewlett said that with the MKT, her design inspiration was a feather. She tried to bring the lightness, translucence and layering of a feather to the colors in the passenger cabin, while using earth-friendly materials, like a rug made with banana fibers.
The stained oak veneers come from recycled oak, already found in some other Lincolns. The MKT’s leather is made using an organic tanning method, free of harsh chromium additives.
Ms. Hewlett said she liked using these organic materials and processes because, “It’s something that makes our customers feel good about the products they are buying.”