Dimensions

Width 79 cm
Depth 69 cm
Height 72 cm
Weight 20 kg
Seat height 43 cm

Materials

Frame material Steel tubing
Upholstery Messenger 0001

Specification

Filling Moulded high resilience foam
Volume 0.42 m3
Year 2010

Resources

Hong Kong-based designer Michael Young is proud enough to claim that his company designs icons rather than items.

And what could be better proof than the exceptional one-piece chair Avalon? According to Young himself, Avalon is a serious commitment to the vision of longevity.


Michael Young

Planes and trains are his offices, travelling a working method. British-born and Hong Kong-based Michael Young is an international star designer, driven by a pas­sionate interest for technological evolution and mass industry. As well as a constant quest­ioning of human typologies and habits ...

Born in 1966 in Sunderland, northern Eng­land, Michael Young studied Furniture and Product Design at Kingston University, London. In the mid-90s Terence Conran chose Michael as his favourite designer. Simultaneously that time’s so-influential magazine Wallpaper hailed his work, but Young fled from the cocktail-party circuit to Iceland, where the land­scape helped him to focus.

Later he moved to Brussels and then Taipei. And finally to Hong Kong – where his company Michael Young Ltd is bold enough to claim that it designs icons rather than items. Like the exceptional easy chair Avalon for Swedese, a one-piece injection chair, created as an expres­sive nod to Verner Panton.


Swedese's ideals are the same today as they have been for the past seventy years. These are to create beautiful furniture for the future, which build on the foundations of Scandinavian modern traditions, designed by forward-looking designers who share in the timeless ideals of architecture.