During Milan Design Week twenty-four Italian and international designers exhibited their personal interpretation of a birdhouse – on show at the Sculpture Garden within the Triennale di Milano
The bird houses were crafted by Action Giromari workshop, combining technology and artisanship.
The objective of the House of Birds exhibit is that to show how every idea can become a reality when there is a perfect balance between creativity and technical abilities!
Roberto Giacomucci, curator of the project, coordinated a workshop of twenty-four well-known Italian and foreign designers, invited to meet one challenge: to design a birdhouse.
They were free to express and experiment their own vision through functions, forms, colors, and finishes
The designers created birdhouses in different shapes, colors, and finishes for protection and shelter of birds while adding an aesthetic touch to the outdoor areas of modern day houses.
They have designed the birdhouses in such a way that these tiny homes are appealing to the birds and don’t feel like cages.
Often birds make their nests using natural materials like mud, branches, straw, feathers, etc. Inspired by natural bird habitats, the designers have created these beautiful birdhouses that will offer a playful space for tiny birds to rest.
The goal of the House of Birds exhibition is to show how birdhouses that form perfect synergy between creativity and technical skills.
These birdhouses are designed to attract birds and accept these tiny homes as their natural habitat.
Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all.
Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you.
And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
Flight is the quintessential symbol of freedom. Free from all restraints, birds defy all types of resistance in the infinite space that is the sky, overcoming gravity’s downward pull, and can head anywhere.
Nevertheless, even nature’s freest creatures develop a need to count on a place that offers them protection and safety.
As a consequence, we might imagine the abode of a winged creature more as a “cradle” rather than a cage—a safe place where it can protect itself and nest.
They strive to build their home with everything that nature offers them: mud, twigs, straw, feathers…
They manage to bring real genuine works of art to life just using their beak and their claws: an ability that, we must remark, makes them “natural architects”.
House of Birds Designers
Shin Azumi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1965. After finishing his MA at the Royal College of Art (UK) in 1994, he started working as a design unit ‘AZUMI’.
In 2005 he founded his own office “a studio”, designing products, furniture, lighting, consumer electronics, and space design.
In 2016 he and his studio moved the base from London to Tokyo.The clients list of ‘a studio’ includes Lapalma, Magis, Desalto, Fredericia, Tefal, Authentics and many other international brands. Shin Azumi’s work has received numerous design awards in Europe and in Japan, amongst which the Blueprint 100% Design Award and “Product of the Year” of FX International Design Award.
He also took part in the jury of numerous design awards such as, IF Design Award (DE), Furniture Design Award (SG), etc.
His works were acquired by many international museums such as Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Stedelijk Museum (Holland), etc.
Emmanuel Babled was born in France in 1967.
He studied at the European Institute of Design in Milan where he graduated in Industrial Design in 1989.
In 1992 he founded Emmanuel Babled Studio, working independently.
Since 1995 Babled has developed glassware and tableware, luxurious object for the fashion market, limited editions and unique pieces, designed for prestigious manufacturers like Baccarat, Bulgari, Covo, Idée Co. Ltd, Laurent Perrier, Rosenthal and Venini.
Throughout the years he has worked on industrial products, furniture and lighting for Magis, Felice Rossi, Vistosi, Kundalini, Viceversa, Giannini, DuPont deNemours, Crea diffusion, Oluce, Gedy, Superego, Fontana Arte and I+I. Babled´s started early presenting his work in solo exhibitions.
His work has been presented in some of the most important public and Private Institutions, Art Fairs, Museums and Galleries worldwide. Several references and articles were written about Babled’s pieces in design and architectural magazines such as Architectural Digest, Interni, Icon and Domus Magazine.
Since 1999 Emmanuel Babled has curated many exhibitions and collaborated with the Domus Academy (Milan) and the Eindhoven Design Academy as a visiting professor.
Currently, he extended his collaboration with famous fashion brands. His design has been chosen for products and flagship stores such as Christian Dior.
In parallel EB is developing an extended research about territorial craft skills all over European country to complete his ambitious design project.
British Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne is renown for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design.
Sebastian’s versatility allows him and his team to work in different ways. As an external Industrial design facility to international brands, as a designer and supplier of bespoke objects for restaurants, retailers and individuals or even as producer of his growing collection of personal editions.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990, he founded his studio in the same year.
His achievements have since been widely recognised with international design awards, frequent publications, exhibitions and inclusion in museum collections such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Design Museum (London).
His wealth of experience makes him sought after as a curator, lecturer and commentator on design.
Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.
In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture.
By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favored generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted “experimentation as praxis”.
In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self-produced collection.
His projects, such as “The Solid Side” (1995) and “New Stories New Design” (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions.
He continued in this vein in subsequent years with “Microrealities” (2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), both presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research center, began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
Aldo Cibic teaches at the Domus Academy of Milan, Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
Claesson Koivisto Rune
Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune.
It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design.
As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-winning projects such as the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House private villa on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.
They design for such international companies as Arflex, Artifort, Asplund, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, Casamania, David design, Dux, Fontana Arte, Kasthall, Living Divani, Muuto, Nikari, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Smaller Objects, Studio TK, Tacchini, Wästberg, among others.
Claesson Koivisto Rune has received an array of international awards and recognitions, amongst them nine American Good Design Awards 2009 – 16, the Designpreis Deutschland (Gold and Silver) 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany, Designer of the Year 2011 and Furniture of the Year 2012 by Elle Deco Sweden, both Designer of the Year and Best Seating 2014 by Elle Decor Italia, and the Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2014, making them the first office to hold the prestigious Red Dot in five different product categories, architecture included.
In 2015 they also received the prestigious Bruno Mathsson award, the highest honour in furniture design in Sweden and the Scandinavian region.
Born in 1949 and trained at the Architectural Association.
Nigel Coates is a celebrated British architect and designer.
He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture.
With his first architectural commission in Japan in 1985, he founded Branson Coates Architecture.
His portfolio of buildings and interiors in the UK and Japan includes the Wall and Art Silo in Tokyo, the Hubs in Sheffield, the Geffrye Museum in London and the Body Zone in the Millennium Dome.
In recent years Coates has also accumulated a broad-ranging catalogue of furniture and lighting designs.
His products have been realised by many Italian companies including Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Fornasetti, Alessi and Slamp where he art directs.
In 2006 he established his own London studio of architecture and design. The HQ in Bloomsbury combines architectural laboratory, showroom and gallery.
From 1995 to 2011 Coates was Head of the Department of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.
He is currently RCA Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Academic Court at the London School of Architecture.
In 2012 he won the Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education.
From 2008 to 2014 Nigel was also President of Jury at the Pavilion of Art & Design, London.
By education, matali crasset is an industrial designer.
In the early 2000’s, she created her own organization, Matali Crasset productions.
She set up her studio in the heart of the popular Parisian district of Belleville, in an old printing shop refurbished into lodgings and small gardens, alongside her home right in the midst of the going and coming neighbor and gallivanting children.
Matali Crasset sees design as a research process.
She works from an off-centered posture that lets her act on daily life and project scenarios for the future at the same time.
Her methodology is made up of observations of ordinary practices and challenges of ordinary organization principles.
Like her emblematic object the “When Jim comes to Paris” hospitality column, it is on the basis of close observation of customs that she invents new rituals.
With a gaze that is both expert and always new on the world, she questions the obvious codes in order to go beyond them better.
Her work then consists of looking for new typologies and formulating innovative life logic.
She defines this research as an accompaniment, softly, toward the contemporary.
Born in 1972, Lorenzo Damiani graduated in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Milan.
He has collaborated with several companies such as Cappellini, Campeggi, Erreti, Ceramica Flaminia, Montina, Illy Caffè, IB Rubinetterie, Diamantini & Domeniconi, BBB Emme Bonacina, Lavazza.
In 2009, the Triennale Design Museum of Milan dedicated to him the personal exhibit “Ma Dove Sono Finiti gli Inventori? Lorenzo Damiani” curated by Marco Romanelli.
Achille Castiglioni Foundation dedicated to him the personal exhibit “Lorenzo Damiani: Senza Stile”, curated by Giovanna Castiglioni.
Damiani designed and developed several set-up, such as “Tratto Minimo”, dedicated to Castiglioni brothers in the occasion of the sixth edition of the Triennale Design Museum.
Some of his projects have been exposed at the permanent collections of Chicago Athenaeum, Vitra Museum and Triennale Design Museum.
His projects are not focused on the desire to surprise; they look for sustainability and economy of forms.
Marco Ferreri was born in Imperia the 26th February 1958
He graduated in architecture in 1981 at the Polytechnic University of Milan, the city where he lives and works.
He worked with Marco Zanuso, Angelo Mangiarotti and Bruno Munari.
In 2010, the Triennale Design Museum of Milan dedicated to him an anthological exposition about his work “Marco Ferreri progettare pensieri”.
Some of Ferreri’s works have been included in important design collections, such as “Permanent Design Collection” of Museum of Modern Art of New York, the permanent design collection of Israel Museum of Jerusalem National, Fund of Contemporary Art of Paris collection and other private collections.
His works were presented at the IX Biennale of Architecture of Venice, at the I International Biennal of Architecture of Beijing in China and in “GwangJu Design Biennale” in Corea.
He was lecturer in the most important national and international design schools and Universities.
Odo Fioravanti studied Industrial Design at the Design Department of Polytechnic University of Milan.
Since 1998 he has worked as an industrial designer, also experimenting graphic and exhibition design.
His projects received prestigious international design awards since he created Odo Fioravanti Design Studio.
He taught and lectured in many design schools and academies: Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Venice, San Marino University, Istituto Marangoni, Domus Academy, HEAD Genève.
His works have been featured in many International exhibitions. In 2010 the Triennale Design Museum of Milan featured the personal exhibition “Industrious Design” about his works.
He won in 2011 the Compasso d’Oro Prize ADI with the Frida wooden chair by Pedrali.
Naoto Fukasawa, born in 1956 in Japan, is collaborating with world leading companies and brands in such countries as Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Scandinavian countries and Asian countries while consulting Japanese leading companies locally.
His area of work is broad and he works with various fields in design beyond categories.
Consulting works for Japanese companies are mainly focused on evaluating their cooperate strategies in line with the mean of sociality and how we define quality of life in order to direct the companies towards where society is inevitably heading.
Such consulting work extends as far as to visualize design for their products which marks the company’s social responsibilities as well as to visualize their cooperate strategies and Fukasawa‘s work for consulting has led them to many successful results.
Currently Fukasawa is acting as the chairman for the Japan Folk Craft Museum,established by Yanagi Muneyoshi.
Architect based in Ancona, Italy; the design for him is a passion born accidentally, that reveals to be a lifestyle.
Giacomucci uses his knowledge acquired during the years of his period of education to learn how to manage the spaces, techniques and materials. “Design artisan”, he thinks that it’s fundamental to know the matter to shape by checking the transformation step by step and by defining a unique relationship with the object.
Giacomucci is a brilliant, ironic designer, but his approach is concrete, not just a visionary with unachievable ideas.
He believes in local talents and in young promising people, many of which attended his courses at the Architecture college in Ascoli Piceno.
He is art director of many companies for which he loves to valorize their philosophy. He applies strategic and communicative skills to promote the capillary and “democratic” distribution of the projects.
He received important awards, such as: Good Design award, Furniture category, in 2011 with Piega for Kubedesign, in 2009 with Ninfea for Guzzini, IF Award in 2009 with BalL Shake-Magppie.
He was selected several times for ADI INDEX: in 2003 with Ciotola Snack-Robex, in 2006 with Cocoon-Shiro, in 2012 with MaracaS-Caffè River, in 2013 with Cora and Zoe for Emporium, thanks to which obtained also the Honor Mention at the Compasso d’Oro ADI XXIII edition.
Alessandro Guerriero is one who likes to change the rules. He has been doing this for over thirty years.
In 1976 he founded Studio Alchimia, a group of the most vital and interesting designers in the evolution of Italian post avant-garde design.
If there is to blow up a scheme, bend reality or just paint a thought, Guerriero never pulls back.
He speaks with his own personal dictionary, where the adjective for the word “Design” is “Romantic”. Guerriero’s works are showed worldwide in several museums, but, thanks to his kaleidoscopic vision, he worked also for less orthodox fields for architecture and design: theaters, social projects, schools etc
During the ‘80s, Guerriero designed and developed the Museum of Contemporary art of Groeningen together with his group: Studio Alchimia, CoopHimmelb(I)au, Michele De Lucchi and others.
In 1982, he is awarded with the “Compasso d’Oro”. In 2000, the designer was lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Milan and he was president at “Naba”, the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan for different years.
In 2012 Guerriero founded “Tam Tam”, a free school of visual arts and projects with an high social component, with Alessandro Mendini and Riccardo Dalisi.
He developed the “Workwear” exhibition for Tam Tam, exposed at the “Triennale Design Museum”, in New York, Chicago, Montreal and actually in Toronto.
In addition, recently he curated the project “Normali Meraviglie – La Mano”, who involved 50 international artists in an exhibition at The Triennale Design Museum.
Constance Guisset Studio was founded in 2009. Specialized in product design, interior design and scenography, the studio intends to create ergonomic, light and welcoming objects, springing from a desire for movement, delicacy and surprise.
Constance Guisset graduated from ENSCI design school in 2007.
In 2008, she is awarded the “Grand Prix du Design de la Ville de Paris”, wins the Prize for the Public of the Design Parade, as well as two grants from the VIA.
In 2010, she is named among the “ten designers of the year” in Maison & Objet and is awarded the Audi Talents Awards. Constance Guisset Studio works with many French and international furniture editors such as Petite Friture, Moustache, Tectona, Nature & Découvertes, Molteni&C, La Cividina, etc.
The studio also designs industrial objects for companies like LaCie – Seagate or travel accessories for Louis Vuitton Malletier.
Since 2009, Constance Guisset has realized the stage designs of several shows, exhibitions and events.
From 2012 to 2014, Constance Guisset Studio has developed a new concept of reception areas for Accor hotel group Suite Novotel, deployed in Europe.
In September 2016, an exhibition about her work opened at the MUDAC in Lausanne and a monograph was published on this occasion.
Giulio Iacchetti, industrial designer since 1992, designs for many brands including Abet Laminati, Alessi, Danese, Elica, Foscarini, Globo Ceramiche, Jannelli & Volpi, Hastens, Magis, Meritalia, Moleskine, Pandora design.
The distinctive characteristics of his work is the research and definition of new object typologies, like the Moscardino, the biodegradable spoon/fork designed with Matteo Ragni and for which, in 2001, he has been awarded with Compasso d’Oro.
In 2009 he was awarded the prize for innovation – Premio dei Premi – by the President of the Italian Republic for the Coop Eureka project, which brought the design in the large-scale retail trade.
In May 2009 the Triennale di Milano held a solo exhibition entitled “Giulio Iacchetti. Disobedient objects “.
In November 2012 he launches Internoitaliano, the “factory network” made up of many craftsmen labs with whom he signs and produces furniture and accessories inspired by the italian way of living.
He had also pursued his personal research project into new design topics such as the symbol of cross from which came the exhibition titled Cruciale held by the Diocesan Museum, Basilica di Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome and by Castello di Lombardia in Enna, Sicily.
In 2014, he won his second Compasso d’Oro for the design of the manhole covers Sfera, designed with Matteo Ragni for Montini.
Sam Hecht/Industrial Facility
Sam Hecht (born in London, 1969) is a partner and founder of the design office Industrial Facility in London, alongside Kim Colin.
His designs reflect both a meticulous attention to detail and a thoughtful consideration of its context.
He has developed production projects for companies ranging from Emeco and Issey Miyake to Herman Miller and Mattiazzi.
He is probably best known for his work with Muji Japan, as world designer since 2002. Hecht creates beauty out of utility in the products, furniture and exhibitions he designs.
His studio’s work has been well documented, with over fifty international awards, including 6 iF Hannover Gold Awards, and work forms part of most significant permanent collections including the MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; SFMOMA and the Chicago Art Institute, amongst others, and was the subject of the exhibition ‘Industrial Facility:
Some Recent Projects’, held at the Design Museum in 2008.
Hecht was appointed ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ in 2008, as well as being nominated for the Prince Phillip design prize.
In 2011 and 2013 the studio was awarded ‘Design of the Year’ for furniture from the Design Museum, London and Elle Decoration respectively.
Lanzavecchia + Wai is a creative collaboration between Francesca Lanzavecchia (Pavia, 1983) and Hunn Wai (London, 1980).
To them, being designer means being researchers, engineers, craftsmen and story-tellers all at the same time.
Lanzavecchia’s main interest lies in the relationships that objects have and can have with the human body and soul as well as having a fervent eye for future trends.
Wai is fascinated by the collisions and fusions of materials, meanings and forms.
The design studio, based in Italy and in Singapore, was officially established in 2009 and their work spans from limited editions for galleries and museums, to mass products for major companies, to special commissions for brands like Alcantara, Samsonite, Mercedes Benz, AgustaWestland.
Their recent accomplishments include the “Red Dot Award Product Design 2106” for the Trasition tiles collection; the“Innovation in Inclusive Design Practice Award 2015” by the Royal College of Art and the “Young Design Talent of the Year” by Elle Decor International Design Prize 2014.
Alberto Lievore (Buenos Aires, 1948) and Jeannette Altherr (Heidelberg, 1965) begin in 2016 after a 25 year trajectory as Lievore Altherr Molina.
The Barcelona-based studio specializes in product design & development, strategic consulting, creative direction, art direction, and ephemeral architecture for internationally recognized design companies such as Arper, Andreu World, Vibia, among others.
Lievore Altherr develops projects using an established strategy: a creative concept integrating product design and its communication.
This holistic approach, humanist character, and the search for the essential in their projects – combined with a sensibility that transmits harmony and balance – characterize the designs of Lievore Altherr.
Piero & Francesco Lissoni
Piero Lissoni, architect, designer and art director (1956) founded Lissoni Associati together with Nicoletta Canesi in 1986, a multidisciplinary company based in Milan, that develops architecture, interior and design project.
Ten years later, in 1996, he founded Graph.x, a visual communication studio, specialized in coordinated image and web design.
In 2013, it was conceived Lissoni Architettura, thanks to the growing number of architecture projects in the international field, followed in the 2015 by Lissoni Inc, based in New York, for the interior design projects in United States, Canada, center and South America.
Born the 23rd June 1983.
Still alive (at the moment).
He attends Digital Communication courses at the University Of Studies of Milan.
He has endured the father’s oppressions by “working” at Lissoni Associati Studio since he was five.
Palomba Serafini associati
Our architecture and design projects are based on the analysis of the behaviors change.
Both the first sketches and the final review of every work are well examined by considering our necessities and visions, conspiratorial and different at the same time, so consensual.
This completeness isn’t the result of a stylistic attitude, but of a method. Our method combines the opposites: creativity and function, innovation and tradition never forgetting originality and pureness of the forms.
Our goal is to create places and products to share life with those who choose them, even if sometimes in a different way from how we imagined.
That’s for us the success measure: to be sure that others are intimately owning what we created.
We believe, in fact, that great works are already living in a sort of collective imaginary and our work consists of identifying unconscious necessities, giving them form and accompanying them in the world.
A product, chosen by a lot of unknown people, will be surprisingly familiar since the first view.
A real love at first sight, as the love of our life.
This is evidence. The choices, the style… the passion. All is evident in what we create.
The figure of our work – research, development, project – could be summed up in one word: EVIDENCE.
French citizen born in Austria, Marc Sadler has lived and worked in France, North America, Asia and Italy.
One of the first graduates in “esthétique industrielle” at the ENSAD in Paris with a thesis on plastics, he was a pioneer in experimentation on the different materials and contamination between technologies, which have become distinctive aspects of his work.
At the beginning of the seventies, he’s perfected the first ski-boot in thermo plastic material completely recyclable, subsequently commercialized by the Italian firm Caber.
Today, thanks to his eclecticism, he’s a consultant for a wide range of industry companies. Awarded 4 times with the Compasso d’Oro (1994, 2001, 2008 e 2014), 1 Honorable Mention (1998) and 2 Selections (1994 and 2008) by ADI, the Industrial Design Association, his work has won many other international design awards over the years.
Denis Santachiara was born in Campagnola Emilia (Reggio Emilia).
Autodidact, when he was very young he worked as car stylist in De Tomaso Group, Maserati spa and other automotive brands.
He designed art and design works, shown in different exhibitions such as: Biennale di Venezia 1980, Documenta 8 (Kassel 1988), Triennale Design Museum 1984/86/96/01/04//07 since 1978.
Santachiara has been interested about technology as poetic design since ever, in 1984 he presented ““La Neomerce, il design dell’invenzione e dell’estasi artificiale” (Triennale Design Museum of Milan and Centre Pompidou, Parigi), a manifesto exhibit and international reference point for a new performative, techno-poetic and ironic design.
He collaborated with the most important Italian and international design brands and he received several awards. His works have been including in different permanent collections of the greatest international museums.
In 2005, he introduced, by publishing an article on Repubblica, the digital fabrication in the design field, with conferences, lessons and workshop in several Universities and exhibits in Italy and abroad.
In 2014, he founded Cyrcus.it, a web platform that sells auteur design objects exclusively made in digital fabrication, with a particular attention for young designers.
In 2016 Santachiara was special guest at Design Digit Fest of Toronto.
In 2017 his book “Download Design” was published for the publishing company Il sole 24 Ore Cultura.
Paolo Ulian was born in Massa-Carrara in Italy in 1961.
At the end of 1990 he was assistant at Enzo Mari’s studio in Milan, where he worked until 1992.
In 2000, he exposed at Salone Satellite where he won the first prize of the Design Report Award.
In 2009, Beppe Finessi curated his first personal exhibition at “ La Fabbrica del Vapore” in Milan.
In 2010, the Triennale Design Museum of Milan featured his second personal exhibition curated by Enzo Mari.
He collaborated with Droog Design and with Italian companies such as Driade, Fontana Arte, Danese, Skitsch, Roche Bobois, Coop, Azzurra Ceramiche, Zava.
Some of his works are included in the permanent collection of the Triennale Design Museum, London Design Museum and Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Michael Young was born in 1966 in Sunderland, a small industrial city in the North-East of England, and graduated from Kingston University in 1992.
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. 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.
Michael was enticed to Asia by his passion for pioneering technology, and in 2006 set up a studio in Hong Kong.
Today the Michael Young studio is considered to be one of the most exciting and formidable design companies operating in Asia, responsible for designing icons for its clients that last a lifetime, have won awards and are presented in museums globally.
The studio specializes in creating modern design through exploring the endless possibilities Asia’s technological ingenuity provides.
The result is work that transcends design by harnessing some of the highest and most innovative manufacturing skills to create Industrial Art.
Michael Young’s vibrant imagination and his continued ability to innovate and take a fresh approach to a seamless blending of east and west is what keeps his work relevant and increasingly sought-after across all continents.
“It is Design as Industrial Art that interests me, not just as a limited edition, but on a scale of mass production.”
About Action Giromari
Action Giromari is a manufacturing company that, by combining handicraft and technology, transforms ideas and designs into real working objects.
The broad variety of materials—natural and plastic—that it can work and all the workshop’s different types of technology make it possible for the company from the Marche region to offer custom-made solutions to architects, brands, and companies from all different industries: design, furniture, fashion, beauty, and home care, food & beverage, food service, LSR, retail, and contract.
Action Giromari’s major clients include: Dolce & Gabbana, TOD’S, Max Mara Fashion Group, Prada, Miroglio Group, Lavazza, and Scavolini.