Engineer-turned-furniture designer, Adrian Lee, started his design career while recuperating from a serious illness in 2010. Due to his long haitus from work, he began sketching and soon turned them into actual furniture. He now runs his own teak furniture store, Herman Furniture, with his cousin-in-law Diane Cheong.
Curious why he went with the name Herman? Herman is actually the name of his godfather, an Indonesian businessman who helped link him up with timber suppliers in Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand.
“I choose to work with timber as it gives homeowners a warm, cosy feeling – it’s what makes a house a home,” he says. Inspired by Scandinavian designers Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl and Verner Panton, Adrian’s creations have clean, simple profiles — tables with slim pencil-legs and dining chairs made of recycled teak.
Check out his works at hermanfurniture.com or visit the showroom at #01-116, Tradehub 21.