DMU students attend world-reknowned Hong Kong design studio

De Montfort University project design students, pictured at Victoria Peak wwin Hong Kong

By Sebastian Old

Product design students visit a famed studio in Hong Kong as part of De Monfort University’s latest international academic led trip.

The students who qualified for the global initiative spent the afternoon learning how one of Asia’s leading designer’s, Michael Young, creatures his award winning pieces and how to run a thriving studio in today’s competitive market.

The students were given the opportunity to compare manufacturing processes in Young’s innovative studio to the methods used at their University.

Mohammad Hussain, 22 DMU Student, said: “It was fascinating and invaluable to be able to watch and study how such a pioneering studio goes about designing its products.”

English born Young specialises in modern design and has over 20 years in the industry. His work ranges from interior to technological design and his portfolio is displayed in museums across the globe. Young’s Hong Kong studio is one of two; the other is based in Brussels.

Despite the studio’s prestigious stature, the students’ experience was both enlightening and welcoming.

Hussain said: “The trip had the potential to be quite daunting for students who are still learning about the industry and the craft. That unreal feeling couldn’t have been further from the reality; one of the people we spoke to had been a student only a few years ago. It was a reassuring experience.”

The trip is one of many the University offers per year as part of the DMU Global project. De Montfort University provided the students with a bursary towards the cost of the flight and accommodation in Hong Kong.

Carla Forte, 22, DMU Project Design Student, said: “It’s been a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for students culturally and academically, and has enhanced my employment prospects.”

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