Hong Kong based Brit designer Michael Young blurs boundaries between art and design, with selected works showcased at Michael Young: Works in China, that opens in Melbourne this week.

Michael Young Studio, founded in 1994, went on to establish a base in Hong Kong in 2006. Forging relationships with local fabricators that provided access to sophisticated manufacturing techniques, the output of his brand is diverse, resulting in mass produced consumer products though to refined objects collected by galleries and private collectors globally.

Young’s product repertoire ranges furniture, electronics, consumer products and interior design installations; collaborating with many notable brands George Jensen, Lacoste, Lasvit, and Established & Sons, to name but a few. Recently appointed head of design for car brand MOKE, Michael heads up the re-design of the iconic car that ceased production some 20 years back.

Exploring the opportunities he sees within the burgeoning manufacturing revolution in China, Michael regards his work to be Industrial Art as opposed to ‘Design.’

Establishing collaborations between Western designers, Chinese artisans and industry, his initiatives have inspired the Australia China Art Foundation to develop similar opportunities with Australian artists.

Michael Young was instramental in developing Zipte Link Installation, which debuted during the Hong Kong International Art Fair in 2009, the collective being as a sculptural installation that also aims to serve as an example of intelligent design.

By example – Michael’s Folded Newspaper Table¬†explores a traditional Oriental paper folding technique to create interlocking individual pieces that connect to form a self-supporting structure that serves as a table base, visible through the polished glass tabletop. Similarly formed is the¬†Chinese Times Clock.

In this short video Michael shares his views on how design can be evolved without exploitation facilitated by Chinese manufacture.

Michael Young: Works in China // 6th – 22nd December, 2012
Ausin Tung Gallery, 164 High Street Prahran, Melbourne