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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.
Many modernist architects were universal designers with not only a clear understanding of designing houses, but also the interior, the furniture and almost the clothes the owners might wear. Swedese's founder, Yngve Ekström, was no exception. Together with names including Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjaerholm, Yngve Ekström was at the core of a generation of designers who made the concept "Scandinavian Modern" famous all over the world. With a keen eye, he designed Swedese's furniture, he designed together with L + M Architects also the head office building, logo, catalogues and personalised Christmas cards including their own poems. And so on.
The most well known design of Yngve Ekström's extensive portfolio is the Lamino armchair from 1956, which is still manufactured and sold all over the world. In 1999 the Lamino was voted the Twentieth Century's Best Swedish Furniture Design by the Swedish interior design magazine Sköna Hem.