British designer Michael Young has spent 15 years strengthening the connection between modern design
and the technical abilities of manufacturers in Asia. "I see the work not as design but as industrial art where
the highest levels of manufacturing have been employed," says the designer. Working from his studio in
Hong Kong, Young is known for his expertise in aluminum manufacturing. When he started experimenting
with ways to join other materials to aluminum, he contacted U.S.-based Emeco, and a partnership was
formed with the Lancaster Collection (2010). The legs are solid ash, harvested from fallen timber near
Lancaster, PA (thus the name of the collection); the die-cast aluminum seat and back are available in matte
black, matte silver or polished silver. "I am passionate about natural materials that live forever," says
Young. "The wood creates a softer edge, whilst the aluminum keeps it sophisticated." Made in U.S.A.
Solid ash with water-based stain; die-cast aluminum in matte black, matte silver or polished silver.
Born in Britain, international design maverick Michael Young got into the field because he believed it would allow him to do, basically, whatever he wanted. For this renowned industrial designer, this has turned out to be true. After studying furniture and product design at Kingston University, he launched Michael Young Studio in 1992, and soon headed to Iceland. His studio then moved to Brussels, Taipei and, finally, to Hong Kong in 2003, where he now resides. Sometimes. "I've actually always wanted to get my life to a point where I can be wherever I want to at any point in time," he says.
Setting up shop in Hong Kong was a savvy and calculated move for Young. It places him in the center of manufacturing and has given him direct access to the Asian factories that build his creative concepts. And all this without the pretense of the European scene: "Design isn't about it marketing," says Young. "It's about industrialization." In his work which has included all types of furniture, interiors and products like the City Storm bicycle for Giant, the Sabar Sextoy vibrator for Kiki de Montparnasse New York, and state-of-the-art wireless speakers for Eops, Young pulls influences from all these experiences, melding east and west. This is evidenced in his intricate use of folded paper, which he specified for a furniture collection for Established & Sons, as well as the interior of the Pissaro restaurant in Hong Kong. Read more >