ALBERTO AZZOLINA, FOUNDER. Cliff Young Ltd. was founded in New York City in 1968 by Alberto Azzolina, a young Italian-American musician who had recently returned from a stint with the U.S. Army. Prompted by his show business background, Alberto formerly change his name to Cliff Young and formed Cliff Young Ltd. — today, simply known as Cliff Young, an homage to our charismatic founder.
Ambitious and talented, with an open mind and keen business sense, Cliff soon saw what very few people realized at the time: that modern furniture and design can only truly succeed by tuning into the clients’ needs and giving them a furniture piece that fits their lifestyle. Backed by an extraordinary team, he perfected this art of developing, with his clients, pieces of furniture that were the best possible match for their interiors and lifestyles.
Throughout this process, Cliff learned firsthand the challenges of creating unique, custom designs, and the amount of work, talent, engineering, and persistence required behind each successful project. Fortunately for Cliff and for his team, these were his passions, and it was this constant search for the best design solution, for every client and for every room, that led him and his collections to the clean and refined style that Cliff Young is known for today.
After nearly thirty years in the business, Cliff was named Furniture Man of The Year by the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association in 1995 — a well-deserved award that continues to be a source of pride at this second-generation family business.