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In the 1960s and 70s, Kowloon Walled City turned into a science fiction like, lawless subculture and oppressive society. Buildings grew taller and streets got obscured. The ever-taller constructions leaned on each other as they raced to the sky. Daylight got obstructed, and the city earned its nickname, the City of Darkness. Finally in 1987, the Hong Kong government announced that the Kowloon Walled City was going to go. In its place now stands the Kowloon Park with some with some remains of the Walled City as memory.

That's why TST

22 02 2015

michael young portrait
kowloon park hong kong

The ´TST Sofa´ in the words of Michael Young, is quite personal and was designed for Richard Hutten, an old friend and collaborator for many years now. It’s a product of collective thought and absorption of how I feel about objectivity in the Netherlands. But the TST Sofa is not art. It got function, a commercial expressive object with good ergonomics and a strong iconic shape.

Hong Kong gives him direct access to the Asian factories that build his creative concepts without the pretense of the European scene: “Design is about industrialization, not about marketing,” Young says. His work includes all types of furniture, interiors and products like the City Storm bicycle for Giant, the Sabar Sextoy vibrator for Kiki de Montparnasse New York, and state-of-the-art wireless speakers for Eops – Young pulls influences from all these experiences, melding east and west.

kowloon walled city

The TST Sofa with its soft lines and round shapes comes in high quality comfortable furniture fabric in a number of colors. The TST is extremely comfortable as a chair with high and low backrest, but also as 2 seat or 2,5 seat with a low or high backrest. The high backrest creates more comfort and privacy during meeting and communication. The TST can be used in living rooms, waiting rooms, meeting and conference rooms as well as Boardrooms.

City Storm bicycle for Giant

Kowloon Park at Tsim Sha Tsui

diagram of the Kowloon Walled City

state-of-the-art wireless speakers for Eops

Designer Michael Young gave his Sofa the name "TST" as abbreviation for Tsim Sha Tsui, the urban area in southern tip of the Kowloon district, located north of Hong Kong Island. Tsim Sha Tsui was partly reclaimed from the Hung Hom Bay with the Victoria Harbour. Among the various parks in Tsim Sha Tsui there is the Kowloon park, the place were in 1898 the British had build a small military fort called the Kowloon Walled City.

British born design maverick, Michael Young finds himself often being inspired by the Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood. Since 2003 he has his studio in the central part of Hong Kong just on the other side of Victoria Harbour. After studying furniture and product design at Kingston University, he launched Michael Young Studio in 1992 and headed to Iceland, Brussels, Taipei and, finally Hong Kong, where he now resides. “I always wanted to get my life to a point where I can be wherever I want to at any point in time, he says.

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