Principal Bryan Young founded the design studio Young Projects in New York City in 2010. The studio produces multidisciplinary work that ranges from buildings, pavilions and interiors, to art installations and custom furniture. In each project we seek to engage and respond to the unique parameters that define the essence of the design problem and the aspirations of our clients including sustainability, materiality, and natural light, balanced with considerations of project schedule and budget.
Young Projects is more interested in designing processes than dictating conclusions. In the wake of our generation's reliance upon digital design methodologies to achieve absolute control, we suggest a conscious introduction of the "analog" to disrupt the output of unchallenged computational realizations. By extending the digital design process through a filter of manual manipulation, we can introduce willful nuances, anomalies of making, and other natural forces that generate difference and yield richer, layered final products. We have established a radical approach by selectively relinquishing control. We open our process to multiple influences yet always remain conscious of the finite parameters of physical fabrication; these parameters, in turn, preemptively inform our designs.
Relative to making, our catalog of analog fabrication techniques presents a constructive bridge between the tools of digital creation and unique artisanal conditions of production. This effort has yielded an unprecedented between digital design and craft, resulting in an ever-expanding collection that includes: cast aluminium, pulled plaster, sawn lumber, folded stainless steel and hammered wrought iron. While our incorporation of the analog is explicitly registered in material qualities, it is also fundamental to our methodology. In tandem to altering the way we investigate making, it affects the way we evaluate graphic, aesthetic, and spatial systems. We oscillate between the computer and the hand; theses shifts construct and subvert aesthetic relationships, enabling parametric modulation and aggregation to confront a tailoring of the bespoke.