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.
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.