Who We Are
Michael Young - Director
Michael Young 1966年出生于英国东北部的工业城市桑德兰,1992年毕业于金斯顿大学。毕业 后第二年,他创立了Michael Young工作室,旨在提供独特而高品质的设计,服务的市场范围非 常广泛——从室内设计到技术设计。过去20年来,Michael Young成为了国际设计领域中的领先人物。他的作品的独特性质源自于对 设计类型和习惯的不断质疑、与生俱来的对技术的热情、和以新方式重新解读空间的强烈欲望。 他的设计有无可匹敌的营造氛围的能力,既充满活力又闲适自在,因此作品在世界各地被广泛效 仿。工作室已经建立了丰富的关系网络,设计服务的客户遍及全球各地。Michael Young迅速赢得了零售商的尊重,Conran商店、蓬皮杜博物馆等机构开始寻求他的作 品。因为优雅而简约的设计,他在业内被称为成熟的极简主义者,而这种风格与当时伦敦风行的 繁丽的设计潮流大相径庭。在英国和冰岛工作近十年后,Michael因为对先锋技术的热情而被吸引到了亚洲,并于2006年在 香港成立了工作室。时至今日,Michael Young工作室已经被公认是亚洲最令人兴奋、最强大的 设计公司之一。工作室为客户设计可沿用一生的标志性产品,在全球范围内荣获多项大奖,并在 世界各地的博物馆展出。Michael Young持续推动实验性设计的发展。工作室专注于探索亚洲技术创新所带来的无限可能 性,并据此创造出新颖的设计。受到与中国实业家合作的势头的推动,工作室抓住了地方工业和 设计之间日趋强化的联系,成为亚洲工业和制造业的创新技能的良好典范。通过利用最高端、最 创新的生产技艺来创造工业艺术,其作品超越了设计的范畴。Michael Young充沛的想象力、持续创新的能力、和以新方式无缝融合东西方文化的能力,使他 的作品具有重要意义、且在全球范围内越来越受欢迎。“我对工业艺术形式的设计很感兴趣。不是限量版,而是大规模制造。”
Michael Young was born in 1966 in Sunderland, a small industrial city in the North-East of England. He graduated from Kingston University in 1992 and the following year, he founded the Michael Young Studio with the aim of providing exclusive, quality design services across an eclectic range of markets – from interiors to technology.
Michael Young quickly became one of the UK’s most sought-after young designers and revered retailers and institutions such as the Conran shop and the Pompidou Museum began demanding his work. He became known in the industry as a sophisticated minimalist acclaimed for his elegant, pared-down aesthetic design, which was in direct opposition to the elaborate style dominating London at the time.
After nearly a decade working across the UK and Iceland, Michael was enticed to Asia by his passion for pioneering technology, and in 2006 set up a studio in Hong Kong. Today Michael Young Studio is considered to be one of the most exciting and formidable design companies operating in Asia, responsible for designing award-winning icons for its clients that last a lifetime and are presented in museums globally.
Over the past 20 years Michael Young has established himself as one of the leading international figures in his field continuing to push the boundaries of experimental design. The studio specialises in creating modern design through exploring the endless possibilities Asia’s technological ingenuity provides. Propelled by the momentum created through collaboration with Chinese industrialists, the studio captures the strengthening ties between local industry and design, and exemplifies the skills of Asia’s industrial innovation.
The result is work that transcends design by harnessing some of the highest and most innovative manufacturing skills to create Industrial Art. Michael Young’s vibrant imagination and his continued ability to innovate and take a fresh approach to a seamless blending of East and West is what keeps his work relevant and increasingly in demand across all continents.
“It is design as Industrial Art that interests me, not just as a limited edition, but on a scale of mass production.” - Michael Young
Head Of Industrial Design
Originally from Sydney, Ben has been with Michael Young studio in Hong Kong since 2007. As Head of Industrial Design many of the factory focused projects invariably cross Ben’s desk as they make their way from hand sketches to producible forms. Ben has coordinated several award winning projects during the offices Hong Kong years.
Sara grew up in Hong Kong and studied at Central Saint Martins in London. Following a position as Design Manager at China Bridge in Shanghai, Sara joined Michael Young in 2011. Sara’s strengths lie in crafting experiences, brand DNA and CMF, and she is the studio’s Senior Design Strategist.
Of Scandinavian origin, Lavrans grew up in Africa and now works between Asia and Europe. Lavrans first began working with Michael in 2005. As a product designer, his focus tends to be on conceptual development as well as 3D visualisation. Lavrans works on complex structure projects as well as some interiors, pattern work and consumer products.
Alex is a French / British Londoner who uses his manufacturing engineering background, product development skills, and material knowledge to help bring projects to manufacturing feasibility. Alex is also responsible for coordinating many of the limited edition projects, and exhibition logistics that the studio engages in worldwide.
Doreen grew up between Hong Kong and Mainland China, she studied Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University in London. With her sensitive observation and analysis on human behaviour, Doreen is primarily focused on research based design projects. Her diverse background helps to strengthen her understanding of both European and Asian markets.Carey Kwok
Carey was born in Hong Kong and gained an Advanced Diploma in Accounting in Australia in 2001. Carey joined Michael Young in 2009 as Office Manager to assist in business development. She is in charge of accounting and human resources as well as reviewing all documents and is integral to the operation of the studio.
Industrial Design & Branding
Chaya was born and educated in Taiwan. With an industrial design background and experience in craft, she develops projects with a combination of experimental and practical approaches. Prior to working at the studio, Chaya had previous branding experience in Taiwan, so she is involved in helping our clients clarify their identities and deliver suitable solutions.