ALBERTO AZZOLINA, FOUNDER. Cliff Young, Ltd. was founded in New York City in 1968 by Alberton Azzolina, a young Italian-American musician who had recently returned from a stint in the U.S. Army. Prompted by his show business background, Alberto formerly changed 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 Young 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 offering them high quality furniture to fit their lifestyle. Backed by an extraordinary team, he perfected this art of developing, along with his clients, selections of furniture that best complemented their interiors and lifestyles.
Throughout this process, Cliff learned firsthand the challenges of creating unique custom designs, and the extent of talent, engineering, hard work and persistence required for 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 every room, that paved the way to his clean, refined collection and to the clean, contemporary 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 great pride at this second-generation family business.