Lot 11
  • 11

Michael Young b. 1966

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • 'Smarty'
  • foam
handmade by Michael Young


Collection of the Artist
Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 12 December 2001, lot 231


Alexander Payne, ed., We Like This!  Michael Young, London, 1999, p. 14
Luxo, Pop, Cool, exh. cat., Museu do Design, Lisbon, 1999, fig. 276

Catalogue Note

The current lot is a prototype for the "Smarty" series which was later produced by Cappellini in 1998.



"I do like shapes....I had really just started learning about shapes.  The way the smarty was born was through my getting a huge block of foam...I put this massive metal bolt through the centre of it and attached it to the end of the lathe – the whole machine would be shaking up and down – then I cut into the foam with this really dangerous blade.  Ofcourse, I didn't know what was going on exactly...but it turned out to be one of the greatest accidents of my left.  I remember Tom (Dixon) saying:  You've out minimalized Jasper Morrison"

Michael Young