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.
Project by Maria Cristina Didero and Maurizio Stocchetto
Crafted and engineered by WonderGlass
Sold as a set of two tumblers
The British born designer graduated from Kingston University in 1992. Early in his career, he worked with the designer Tom Dixon in London. 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). 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 Chinese manufacturers and industrialists. 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), 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.