Michael Young on design

30.08.22. Internet

Michael Young is a world renowned product designer who initially made his name in London during the mid-90s, and quickly found himself working for significant brands, including Magis and Rosenthal.

After a sojourn in Iceland, he traversed the globe and set up his practice in South East Asia. Over the years, his portfolio has become wildly eclectic. Young has designed furniture for Coalesse (pictured above), speakers for KEF, suitcases for Mon Carbone, and bikes for Giant. He has also re-imagined the Mini Moke,  created his own beer brand, and produced gallery pieces to boot.

In this episode we discuss: living and working around the world during the pandemic; managing a global practice in Hong Kong; launching a beer brand aimed at creatives; his fascination with making and how it informs his process; learning from Tom Dixon; redesigning the Mini Moke; being an ‘explorer’; copying in China; being diagnosed with dyslexia and the impact it has on creativity; the role Sir Terence Conran played in his nascent career; developing a thick skin; oh and why he hasn’t yet designed a comfortable sofa.

Find out more about Michael Young

Young designed this iconic dog house for Italian manufacturer, Magis, in 2001

The designer was also asked to re-imagine the Mini Moke

These are the LS60 Wireless speakers in royal blue for KEF

The Wire chair for La Manufacture. (Image Studio Blanco)