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Journey through this monograph with Internationally renowned Singaporean furniture designer and GRAFUNKT co-founder Nathan Yong, as he explains the motivations and ideas behind his work. Sketches, photographs and interviews fill the monograph BEING: The Thoughts and Works of Nathan Yong, 2006-2014. The book is an account of the creative journey of one of Singapore's foremost furniture designer, from humble beginnings, to becoming a recipient of the President's Design Award for Designer of the Year, to expanding his business beyond Singapore shores. The book also reveals Nathan process in designing: his creative struggles, his consideration for the end-user, and his hope for greater expression in Asian design and materials. Nathan also paints a realistic picture of the furniture business, and the challenges working with manufacturers, business owners and brand managers. This book is a must read for anyone involved or aspiring to design in Asia or anyone who simply loves Nathans works. The book is beautifully written, heartfelt, and authentic. Presented to the reader through the thoughtfully designed layout by Hanson Ho of H55. We promise you it's a joy to read as it is inspiring. Nathan's illustrious clients include Ligne Roset, Design Within Reach and Living Divani. He has a multi-disciplinary design consultancy, Nathan Yong Design; and runs the retail store Grafunkt as creative director. His work is inspired by simple visual memories from everyday life, but pared down with the lightness of restraints. Instead of superfluous details, he captures the poetry of products through rigorous research and engineering, creating fresh styles and functions that fit effortlessly into the user's life. Nathan's work has been exhibited globally in design centers in Singapore, Shizuoka, Milan, London, Koln and Taipei. He has appeared in international magazines including Wallpaper, Monocle, Surface, Dwell, On Office and Habitus.
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