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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.


Singapore President*s Design Award, Designer of the Year 2008
Red Dot Concept Award 2006 winner
Red Dot Concept Award 2007 winner
Furniture Design Award 2005, Gold
Mines International Design Intelligence, Silver
Furniture Design Award 2006, Silver
Core 77 Award 2006 Finalist
Bangkok Asia Talents, Media Choice Winner
Furniture Design Award 2015, Finalist

& Many Others


On Office
House Australia
Elle Décor UK
Elle Décor France
Design Boom
Design Milk
The Straits Times, Singapore
The Artling
Home and Decor, Singapore
Look Box Living
The Press Room, Singapore
Houzz, Singapore


Founded in Singapore by designer Nathan Yong, Folks celebrates the purity of wood as a living and precious material, paying homage to traditional carpentry work by Asian craftsmen. 
Folks is grounded in the belief that the simple visual memories of everyday life translates into an element of serendipity in each piece. No one piece is as simple as it seems.
Grafunkt is a forward thinking lifestyle brand that aims to promote good design appreciation through the products we carry. We believe that furniture design and functionality are not exclusive. Purposefully designed and artfully created, quality and functionality are core to the designs we carry. 

Nathan Yong Design Pte Ltd
15 Little Road #08-02, Singapore 536988
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