His name has been known in the design scene since 1999, when he first co-founded award-winning furniture brand Air Division. But these days, Nathan Yong goes by many other titles and monikers – design director at Grafunkt, leader of the Product Design programme at LASALLE College of the Arts, and more recently KSY, an alias inspired by his birth name Kok Seng.
This return to his birth name marks a milestone in Nathan’s artistic journey. While his portfolio includes several collaborations with high-profile brands like Living Divani and Ligne Roset, his recent work is much more introspective. Of late, Nathan has been re-examining the fundamentals of design, the nature of different mediums, and the interplay of form and function. His recent collection Farewell to Reason exemplifies this, showcasing everyday objects recast in sculpted, luminescent onyx – works of art that challenge our preconceptions of the ordinary and mundane.