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奇遇有约 | 李昱 Q&A Micheal Young







   李昱毕业于伦敦艺术大学室内空间专业,文学硕士学位。以时间为节点的叙事性设计风格在酒店设计行业里独树一帜,以每一个独一无二的设计代表唯一的故事著称。曾获得香港室内设计大赛商业组别特殊荣誉和住宅组别冠军,以及任职于全球酒店设计翘楚的Hirsh Bedner & Associates 香港公司和墨尔本公司中国项目总监和设计总监。 



   2015 年李昱先生将全球合伙人理念付诸行动,于美国纽约成立奇遇联合酒店有限公司, 通过全新的资源整合模式将全球优秀的设计和艺术品带到中国,也将中国美学带到世界,实现艺术的无国界。并坚持将阶层美学,结合叙事设计贯彻到底。 在专注于线下设计服务之余,奇遇国际艺术平台已经全球面世。 “艺术无国界” 理念在宣称艺术全球化,真实的表达自己,让艺术就在守卫着艺术家的本真。



本期设计师 Micheal Young


    Michael Young 1966年出生于英国东北部的工业城市桑德兰,1992年毕业于金斯顿大学。毕业 后第二年,他创立了Michael Young工作室,旨在提供独特而高品质的设计,服务的市场范围非 常广泛——从室内设计到技术设计。过去20年来,Michael Young成为了国际设计领域中的领先人物。他的作品的独特性质源自于对 设计类型和习惯的不断质疑、与生俱来的对技术的热情、和以新方式重新解读空间的强烈欲望。 他的设计有无可匹敌的营造氛围的能力,既充满活力又闲适自在,因此作品在世界各地被广泛效仿。

Michael Young was born in 1966 in Sunderland, a small industrial city in the North-East of England. He graduated from Kingston University in 1992 and the following year, he founded the Michael Young Studio with the aim of providing exclusive, quality design services across an eclectic range of markets – from interiors to technology.Michael Young quickly became one of the UK’s most sought-after young designers and revered retailers and institutions such as the Conran shop and the Pompidou Museum began demanding his work. He became known in the industry as a sophisticated minimalist acclaimed for his elegant, pared-down aesthetic design, which was in direct opposition to the elaborate style dominating London at the time.


Micheal Young工业设计


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李昱Q&A Micheal Young


James Lee:What do you think about oriental beauty in your life?

Micheal Young:


I think, for me, having spent the last 10 or 12 years in Asia I've been fortunate enough to see the nature , the natural materials from China, as well as the technology, so for me I consider myself extremely lucky because I've learned to appreciate materials like bamboo and what you can do with this type of- what they actually bring to the human senses, but also what technology has done to bring human senses, so that's an incredible richness of history in Asia, in China, for construction techniques, for traditional craft, so yeah ,it's a very inspiring country.


Have you ever used something you like from China to do your project?

Micheal Young:


I think one of the most inspiring things I've done recently was design some lighting using natural bamboo for a company called Zen sense and not only did the bamboo lend itself very naturally to be used as a item, it was also for young consumers so they could appreciate the culture of bamboo in society and what it means to China as a natural material. So it was very optimistic。


we always think about the shape, the Form, they are good to be first thing think about .how about you ,as an industrial designer. What you think about the form, the shape of your concept, Which one comes first? 

Micheal Young:


you know, Form and function is a very complex universe. So, for example, when you design a speaker, the function dictates the form because the sound comes out in a certain way, so you have less room to play with materials because there's a reality to performance in the product. And when it comes to form, we very much like to appreciate the nature of the material and how far we can push it industrially because form is inspired by culture, because culture is your target consumer. So I think we have a very open mind towards form. But also the other thing, we like to play with technology a lot, and create something that's fresh on the market, not just traditional, pushing the boundaries of design, as new generations of consumers or younger people start to look for new ideas.


I have seen your work. you have “raw” and “tech” if you check your style, can you talk about the “raw” and “tech” 

Micheal Young:


Yes, I think the concept really of 'raw' and 'tech' has always been important to us because we're very inspired by Asian industry and factories but if we make it too technical it becomes dehumanized because the human soul needs warmth and tactility. So we tend to have an approach where whilst we do use technical processes, we make sure the project has a very human resonance and that it's emotionally compelling as a material or tactility that connects spiritually to the person using it.


Yangmeixhu Street Public Toilets

杨梅竹街 公共厕所


Because I think the raw and high tech are sort of opposites. How could you get those two on the same level or same page?

Micheal Young:


Oh, I think society has done that to itself, because, you know, a lot of people are forced to use technology, but generally technology is something which is very smart. It's very tidy, it's very square, it's got a very good surface, but most human beings can't look like a computer because they wear clothes and get dirty, they have creases, some people have money but they don't want to look so rich. So I think there's definitely a level of consumer that likes to have a sense of roughness around the product.


Have you ever done something just for happiness, not for some real reason, just for happy

Micheal Young:


yeah ,I tend to try to live my life to do things for happy reasons.But I think you know ,Happiness is a strange word because when you're working for a client,you are trying to ,make them happy, make their business happy .When I do things to make myself happy, I design something because it's got my heart in it,but I think the happiest designs tend to be for - art galleries, for charity, where you have a lot of freedom of imagination, less restrict ,so we working on the next machine in Los Angeles with materials and factories in China and this is a hard work .but I'm happy.


So, does any of your work reflects the meaning of serendipity?

Micheal Young:

我觉得我会引用这个词,这真是个好词儿。因为每一天都充满了惊喜意外所有生活中发生的事情就像是生活的湖面上泛起的波浪与涟漪。我认为这真是令人惊奇的奇妙设计,就像人类的想象和结交新朋友 .设计师不应该只是以自我为中心的独立思考者,我认为设计师应该互相帮助,建立团体。当然,设计需要独立的设计想法,但是所有设计师不得不承认,他们喜欢互鉴作品,并因此大受启发。

I think. yeah, I’ll use this word serendipity, it's a good word because every day is full of surprises,and.so you know, everything that happens in life is like creating waves and ripples in the surface. And I think that’s totally amazing design magic, people’s Imaginations and meeting new people and you know, designers should not be independent thinkers in the sense of egotism, I think If designers help each other and create community, of course design needs a vision from one person, but you know, all designers have to admit that they love to look at other people's work and everyone is inspired by everything.




but how does serendipity turn into creativity? Cause serendipity is a lifestyle, but creativity is how we work.

Micheal Young:


Well, I think every time we get a project we put our energy into the things that are inspiring us each day and becomes the end product, so it’s quite straightforward...If I have to Design a chair, I meet someone who's got a factory, you know ,in Changsha who's making some beautiful bamboo, maybe one day I’ll remember this and give him a call


what you find in art and design - what is the difference between art and design? Because some people say that design is more the technique, but art is more like emotional.

Micheal Young:


when you're a young design student, you have to decide very early if you're a designer or an artist, Design has the purpose of creating economy and making people, giving people atmosphere of surroundings. Art is about creating concepts only. Art is just about concept Sometimes it can be about money, sometimes it doesn't have to be about money. But that is a very difference. Design cannot only be conceptual, because otherwise it will lose its sense of purpose and the reason design exists is to serve human functionality, for human use.



For myself, I think art is more like a dream, and design is more like, I wake up in the morning, I have to think about something.  So, I think that art for me is more like my heart, to feel something, design is more like my brain, to think something. inside and out.



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