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 travelled to various countries including India, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia to source for quality manufacturers and craftsmen to develop and manufacture furniture and home accessories, learning various production techniques and crafts.
In 1999, Nathan started his first retail store called Air Division, selling his own creations made by Asian craftsman. Nathan subsequently sold Air Division and pursued a Master degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
For two consecutive years (in 2006 and 2007), Nathan won the prestigious Red Dot Concept Design Award.
Subsequently in 2008, Nathan received the prestigious Singapore President’s Design Award as Designer of the Year, the highest honor accorded to designers from all creative disciplines in Singapore.
Currently based in Singapore, Nathan runs a multidisciplinary design consultancy practice. His work spans across industrial design, graphics, interior design, architectural design, strategic planning in product development and manufacturing processes as well as branding.
Nathan's work has been exhibited globally in various cosmopolitans such as Singapore, Shizuoka, Milan, London, Koln and Taipei. His clients include Design Within Reach, Ligne Roset, Living Divani, Opinion Ciatti, Sphaus, Domicil, Ethnicraft, Grafunkt, FOLKS furniture and many others.