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.
In 1999, Nathan started his first retail store called Air Division, selling his own creations made by Asian craftsmen. Air Division rapidly grew and claimed commercial success in both Singapore as well as the overseas market.
Nathan subsequently sold Air Division and pursued a Master's degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, from which he subsequently graduated with distinction in Master of Design.
For two consecutive years (in 2006 & 2007), Nathan won the prestigious Red Dot Concept Design Award with his conceptual designs of a mass production coffin and a portable room heater. Subsequently,in 2008, Nathan received the prestigious Singapore President's Design Award; Designer of the Year, the highest honour accorded to designers from all creative disciplines in Singapore.
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.
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.
He was also invited to be on the jury panels for the President's Design Award in both 2011 and 2012.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.