Icelandic designer Katrin Olina (born Petursdottir) has developed a rich visual language that serves as a vivid interface between reality and the subconscious mind. The fairytale, the sublime - and inspiration from nature. Consisting of lush landscapes inhabited by real and fictional creatures, as well as characters tied to her own personal history. Or to nature, like the elegant coat hanger Tree, designed in collaboration with British designer Michael Young.
Among some of the most successful and exciting designers of his generation, Michael Young was born in Sunderland in 1966 and graduated in 1992 from Furniture & Product Design at Kingston University. While still a student he began working with Tom Dixon at Space Studio in London and in 1994 launched his first collection of furniture in Paris and Tokyo. With support from the E&Y, Tokyo Young set up MY-022 Ltd in London. In 2000 he founded M.Y. Studio in Iceland with his partner and wife, Katrin Petursdottir. Working between London and Iceland his clients include: Cappellini, Magis, Rosenthal, Laurent Perrier , Danese E&Y, Dupont, Dunhill , amongst others. Young’s work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, the Musee d’Arts Decoratifs and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Neue Sammlung in Munich and the Portuguese Museum in Lisbon. Michael was Guest of Honour of the Interieur Design Biennale in Kortrijk 2002 and more recently has set up an office in Taipei to concentrate on projects in Shanghai and Beijing. He is designing interiors in Antwerp and Berlin for Mandarina Duck and was recently commissioned to design two buildings in Taipei