To celebrate the recent opening of lifestyle and design brand Archetypal's first concept store in Hong Kong, world-renowned designer Michael Young designed a special installation to debut his long anticipated EOQ Dub lighting collection.
The British designer, now based in Hong Kong, talks to Perspective about the collection — which combines the industrial beauty of extruded aluminum from China and the craftsmanship of hand-blown glass from the Czech Republic — and Hong Kong's design scene.
What can you tell us about the new collection?
The collection is the fruit of three to four years' of hard work to try and build a collection based on Chinese manufacturing. Everything in the collection is from local production, which is quite special. It's not based on things that you can find in Europe.
Where did the inspiration come from?
From dreaming and visiting factories. I love visiting factories, such as those in Guangzhou and Dongguan. They give me new ideas.
What are your feelings about Archetypal's first concept store?
It is great that the team has made something so significant in Hong Kong. A place like Archetypal
offers designers more independent choices to find pieces of furniture. The team's done a beautiful job in terms of the design of the store, too — for example, the light switches are beautiful.
How has the furniture design scene in Hong Kong changed over the years?
I think the most important thing is that Hong Kong has developed over the last few years and it's become possible to have furniture stores like Archetypal. Originally, people only had places like Lane Crawford, G.O.D and Aluminium to find design-led products, but now there are a lot of independent retailers setting up, which are in the position to import furniture. Ten years ago, this didn't exist. It's amazing.