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After internships at Mazda and BMW and graduating from the Art Center College of Design in 2003, Carlos Salaff began his career at Mazda’s North American Design Studio. While at Mazda, he played a key role in the creation of several influential concept and production vehicles including the Nagare, Furai, Mazda 3 and MX-5. After a decade designing mass-produced vehicles, he began envisioning a more personal path and in 2013 founded the company that bears his name.


Salaff’s work has been recognized around the world, including the Louis Vuitton Classic, the Los Angeles Design Challenge and the 23rd Festival Automobile Paris/Grand Prix Du Design Awards. 


At the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, SALAFF Automotive debuted the C2, a supercar concept vehicle that blends vintage values with modern design. For Salaff, the C2 is a deeply personal work - an artistic vision created independently from sketch to fabrication.


As Design Director at LA-based startup Vibe Inc., Salaff focused on making travel a more engaging, exciting and productive experience. Vibe presented its first concept in 2020: a Space Age-inspired mobile office and lounge called Pod Van.

Carlos Salaff has always been interested in aerospace and outer space, and LEO Flight is his step into those frontiers.


As Co-Founder of LEO Flight, Salaff is envisioning, developing, and deploying the future of air mobility.

Photo credits: Downie Photo, Benedict Redgrove/INK, Vibe inc, Mazda USA

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