Michael Young (industrial designer)

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Michael Young (born 23 August 1966) is a British industrial designer based in Hong Kong. He works in the areas of product, furniture and interior design with studios in Hong Kong and Brussels.


The British born designer graduated from Kingston University in 1992. Early in his career, he worked with the designer Tom Dixon in London.[1][2] In 1994 he started his own studio and operated in England, Iceland, Taiwan before settling in Hong Kong in 2006. Sir Terrance Conran selected Young as the Most Inspirational British Designer (1997).[3][4]

Young designs a wide variety of objects such as headphones, glassware, watches, bicycles, furniture, lighting and bags.[5][6] He is interested in combining design with technical abilities of the local industry and often works directly with Chinese manufacturers and industrialists.[2][7] Throughout his career, he worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Bacardi, Cappellini, Cathay Pacific, Giant Bicycles, Magis and George Jensen and Trussardi.

Young has been the Creative Director for 100% Design Shanghai (2010, 2011, 2012),[8] Prior to that he was the Creative Director for 100% Design Tokyo (2008) and Creative Director of the Asian Aerospace show (2009). His work has been exhibited in the Pompidou Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris, Design Museum in London and solo exhibitions in Kyoto, Miami, Hong Kong, Milan, Paris and Belgium. In 2016, some of Young's work created using aluminum was featured in an exhibit at Grand Hornu in Belgium.[9]


Examples of Youngs' works[edit]


  • Works in China by John Heskett 2011
  • 100 New designs and where to find them (Laurence King Publishing, 2010)
  • Design Now! (TACHEN 2007)
  • Desire, the shape of things to come (Gastalen, 2008)
  • Modern Furniture, 150 years of design (Trandem Verlag GmbH, 2009)


  1. ^ "Michael Young / Designing Modern Britain - Design Museum : - Design/Designer Information". Design Museum. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Works in China by John Heskett 2011
  3. ^ "Designers". Nativeunion.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Reed Exhibitions Unveils Stellar Panel of Design Experts for 100% Design Shanghai & IHDD 2011". Enews.100percentdesign.com.cn. 15 July 2011. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.michael-young.com/ Michael Young official website
  6. ^ "Michael Young – Product Designer". Home Review. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. ^ "eoq - about the designer". Eoq-design.com. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Creative Director - 100 Percent Design Shanghai". 100percentdesign.com.cn. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Michael Young Exhibition at Grand Hornu is Al(l) About Aluminum". DesignBoom. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Best of NeoCon 2014 Winners". DesignApplause. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Young | Home | Wallpaper* Magazine". Wallpaper.com. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 9 August 2012.[permanent dead link]

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