by MICHAEL YOUNG
In honour of James Irvine RDI, the influential British-born, Milan-based product and furniture designer who left us all too soon, Michael Young designed a gin and tonic glass as a nod to his good friend’s favourite cocktail. The result was Chelsea Boy, a refined and functional tumbler launched at Bar Basso during Milan Design Week 2015, a toast to Irvine’s brilliance in the city he called home.
In 1994, after working alongside Tom Dixon in London, Michael Young started his own studio and operated in England, Iceland, Taiwan before settling in Hong Kong in 2006. Young designs a wide variety of objects such as headphones, glassware, watches, bicycles, furniture, lighting and bags. He is interested in combining design with technical abilities of the local industry and often works directly with manufacturers and industrialists. Throughout his career, he worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Bacardi, Cappellini and Trussardi. 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.