In­dia Call­ing

Gone are the days when one had to plan trips across the world to source the best of home dé­cor. With the re­tail seg­ment open­ing up as In­dian purses be­come wider, it is fast be­com­ing the new play­ground for se­lected de­sign­ers who have al­ready made a mark i


He likes to play with shad­ows but his cre­ations com­mand noth­ing less than the bright­est spot­light. Hong Kong-based Michael Ye­ung was drawn to fur­ni­ture de­sign as a re­sult of his pro­fes­sors con­stant en­cour­age­ment at the Cana­dian Art School, who led him to ap­pre­ci­ate it as an art form. Un­sur­pris­ingly, his fur­ni­ture has a sculp­ture-like qual­ity to it and is aimed at be­ing visu­ally ap­peal­ing from all an­gles. “My vi­sion has al­ways been to en­vis­age how the light will hit a piece of fur­ni­ture and how the shadow of the prod­uct will be cast in the room,” he ex­plains. He feels this is what gives his de­signs an edge over oth­ers and “brings the room to life.” In­spired by the au­to­ma­tion and avi­a­tion in­dus­tries, Ye­ung lends his prod­ucts a hint of sur­re­al­ism. He also re­veals that his love for movies like and play a ma­jor role in his de­signs. He thus of­ten uses bold ma­te­ri­als such as graphite leather, black steel and alu­minium for im­pact. In case you’re vi­su­al­is­ing some­thing along the lines of the fa­mous chair from the

se­ries, be rest as­sured; Ye­ung doesn’t com­pro­mise on prac­ti­cal­ity and you’ll find that he takes com­fort quite se­ri­ously. He claims that his best de­sign is yet to come, though he is par­tic­u­larly proud of his lim­ited edi­tion Carbon Fiber Ti­tan arm­chair, a sleek sil­ver and leather piece. He is very pos­i­tive about In­dia and says he’d be crazy not to ex­pand here. He be­lieves that In­dian tastes have evolved over the last decade and con­sumers are open to mod­ern de­sign and global aes­thet­ics. He is cur­rently in dis­cus­sion with In­dian in­te­rior de­sign­ers who are in­ter­ested in his prod­ucts. As for trends that In­dia should ex­pect to see next year, Ye­ung, in tongue-in-cheek style pro­claims, “More of Michael Ye­ung de­signs!”

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