Nathan Yong graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in Industrial Design in 1991. He began his career not as a designer, but as a buyer as well as engaging in product development for various companies in Singapore. Through these jobs, he traveled to various countries including India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia to source for quality manufacturers and craftsmen to develop and manufacture furniture and home accessories. Through this exposure, he learned various production techniques and crafts.
For two consecutive years (in 2006 & 2007), Nathan won the prestigious Red Dot Concept Design Award. Subsequently, in 2008, Nathan received the prestigious Singapore President*s Design Award: Designer of the Year, the highest honor accorded to designers from all creative disciplines in Singapore.
His work is inspired by observation of the visual environment, and then challenges the existential questions of the objects. Instead of superfluous details, he captures the poetry of products through a stripping process, lending object qualities that are informed by a lightness of restraints. In the 2011 International King size supplement, INTERNI for Salone del Mobile, Nathan Yong was selected as the most promising Young Designers on the international scene.
Currently based in Singapore, Nathan runs an industrial design consultancy practice.