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. Sold world-wide, 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.
Nathan Yong is a local Singaporean designer, who is the first to gain international acclaim through his projects and collaborations with established brands. He graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in Industrial Design in 1991, beginning 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. This exposure allowed him to learn various production techniques and crafts.
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.
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.
Nathan is recognised by his international collaborations for established furniture brands including Ligne Roset from France, Living Divani from Italy, Design Within Reach from USA, Ethnicraft from Belgium and many more.
Currently based in Singapore, Nathan runs an industrial design consultancy practice. Follow his works @nathanyongdesign on Instagram.