Michael Young Design Studio: How Can We Participate in a Sustainable Future?
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In 2014, people found rocks formed by sand and plastic waste a beach in Hawaii

Since 2019, global natural disasters have occurred frequently

In 2020, the weight of man-made objects surpassed that of natural materials for the first time

From 2021, Shanghai supermarkets will no longer provide disposable plastic bags

In July 2021, Zhengzhou suffered a rare rainstorm once in a century


The production and life of human beings are affecting the earth all the time, from environment and ecology to landscape and resources, and design is providing a way for human beings to live in harmony with the earth. Michael Young, curator of the Hebei International Industrial Design Week 2021, invited 14 pioneering designers from all over the world to explore a sustainable future with design.

Michael Young Studio focuses on exploring unique technical potential, creating designs that reflect the times, and constantly breaking through the boundaries of experimental design.

Michael Young


Michael Young is an internationally renowned British designer who founded Michael Young Studio (MYS) in the UK in 1994. After working in the UK and Iceland for a decade, he was attracted to Asia for his passion for advanced manufacturing technology and opened MYS in Hong Kong in 2006. Today MYS Studio is recognised as one of the most exciting and powerful design companies in Asia. The studio focuses on exploring the unique technological potential to create contemporary designs that reflect the times, and constantly challenging the boundaries of experimental design.

The exhibition area of "HIDW Young Talent Global Post-Wave Design Dialogue" planned by Michael Young at the Hebei International Industrial Design Week 2020 brought a global design pioneer perspective to the HIDW 2020.

The HIDW 2021 holds hands with Michael Young again

Constantly exploring and challenging design roles

With the theme of "Harvest Futurescape - Designing the Age of Co-creation

Through "The Future We Understand", "The Future We Create" and "The Step Towards the Future World" 

Three areas

To express the exploration of circular design in response to the environmental crisis

 # Michael Young Curatorial Declaration #

Responding to the theme of the exhibition, Interconnectedness: Design to Rekindle the World, the curator aims to question how might design ignite transition and reshape tomorrow when the world starts again in 2021.


This year’s featured exhibition, Harvest Futurescape, is a collective effort to depict a non-extractive future. We present the pioneering brands and minds who respond to the environmental crisis through mindful manufacturing and a new way of communication. 


This exhibition is composed of three sections. In the first section, designers use AI technology and future archaeology approaches to illustrate a new way to comprehend the world surrounding us. The following section presents a group of pioneering designers who use unconventional raw materials and manufacturing processes to create products in response to the ever-changing environmental and social challenges. In the final section, we encourage visitor to change their role from “consumers” to “contributors” in the circular economy through an on-site workshop where visitors can learn to close the loop with hands-on play.

该主题展区分为三个区域。在区域一中,设计师通过运用人工智能技术以及探究未来方法来阐述一种理解世界的全新方式。区域二展示了一批原创设计师采用非传统原料及制造工艺,来应对环境变化和社会挑战的设计作品。区域三,我们通过鼓励观众在创客工坊中亲手制作来完成观众在循环经济中从“消费者” 到“创造者”的转变。

Through product design, interaction design, and food design, the exhibition present story rich projects that lead the audience to reimagine a way to net-zero through sustainable design and conscious purchasing.


Humans are a unique species

They can conceptualize the future and plan personal behavior according to an imaginary time frame

In the HIDW curatorial theme exhibition

Designers are creating a diverse narrative of the present

Laying the groundwork for a co-creating future



About the product

With a shared passion for sustainability, Designer at SPACE10 combined their expertise in parametric design and innovation strategy to imagine a new circular fabrication model. Specififically, they wanted to explore how the IKEA FRAKTA shopping bag might be used as a tool to grow, cast, and shape furniture using locally sourced, biodegradable materials.

About the company

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to create a better everyday life for people and the planet. It is proudly supported by and entirely dedicated to IKEA. With new perspectives and new solutions to help IKEA live up to their original promise of creating a better everyday life for the many people.

Frederik Ueberschär X HARVEST FUTURESCAPE 


About the product

LANDSHAPES is an installation piece intended for the museum context. It features a circular projection of AI-generated aerial landscapes – images that look real, yet have never been seen by anyone before. It enables participants to become absorbed in the morphing landscapes and experience a changing climate in an open-ended manner. Instead of utilising fear or trying to offer an immediate product solution, the installation intends to spark fascination, offer a place to fifind wonder, and allow the viewer to dream of a positive future again.

About the designer

Frederik Ueberschär is a German designer, researcher, and maker, currently based in the Netherlands. His work and studies focus on crafting interactive experiences that touch on elements of critical design, product design and aesthetic devours to involve the viewer. 



About the product

In 2014, researchers discovered rocks on Hawaiian beaches that were formed by both sand and plastic waste. They dubbed these new rock formations as plastiglomerates. Environmental changes, deforestation and the spread of man-made pollutants are inevitably threatening the existence of natural materials and transforming nature as we know it. At the same time, new natural materials which are the result of environmental contamination are emerging, and man-made materials such as plastic are proliferating in our surroundings. Lithoplast is the result of thousands of years of natural metabolism and its encounter with the "golden spike" of humanity, plastics. Lithoplast is a new speculative raw material that can be processed in a similar way to clay and is acting as an ultimate symbol of the transformation of matter and the inevitable shifts between nature and culture.

About the designer

Shahar Livne (Israel, 1989) is an award winning conceptual material designer located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Livne's lifelong fascinations in nature, biology, science, and philosophy developed into intuitive material experimentation way of work during her degree studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Shahar's body of work focuses on conceptual material research in a multi-leveled methodology, bringing to life unique stories through objects and installations centered around materials as carriers of narratives.


Structrual Skin

Personal Profile

Structural Skin is a self-produced material made out of leftovers and offcuts from the leather industry. Jorge Penadés devised a new production method that transforms the apparently worthless waste from leather factories into an innovative material that is made 100% from an animal source. No resin or any other chemical component has been used along the production, carefully considering the environmental impact of the project. The result celebrates the inherent qualities of given skins while defifining a new role for leather that had never been previously considered. This series of tables lamps are new objects developed for Rossana Orlandi. 

Personal Stories

Barcelona before graduating with a MA in Product Design from IED Madrid, where he established his own practice in 2015. In 2019 Jorge founded Extraperlo: a curatorial platform that offers a progressive alternative beyond comercial and institutional contexts.

"Harvest Futurescape - Designing the Age of Co-creation is a curatorial exhibition designed by Michael Young as an experiential journey to explore and reconstruct the future landscape in which people are no longer "consumers" but "participants" in a circular economy. Plastic waste, as a major problem that needs to be solved in the circular economy, has attracted a lot of attention, and more and more young people are starting to change their consumption and lifestyles. For this curated exhibition, Michael Young invited Precious Plastic Shanghai, which has been working to raise awareness of the plastic waste issue to protect the environment and create a plastic recycling machine and craft workshop that can be operated by the general public. In the workshop visitors can crush, heat and reshape disposable plastics to inject new vitality into them and create more gorgeous household items and accessories.

In this exhibition, which brings together the world's top design teams and pioneering designers, visitors can not only explore the pinnacle of design and imagination, but also get hands-on to explore the recyclable future world. We believe that with people's efforts, we will be able to harvest a better future in the era of design co-creation.