Award-winning designer Nathan Yong who won the 2008 Singapore President’s Design Award is bringing back an old classic to celebrate his first foray into the international design scene as a Singaporean designer.
First launched in early 2006, Yong’s “Breakstool” piece quickly became his signature. Made from just a single sheet of plywood, the designed stemmed from a desire to create a stool with a curved surface, to make it more comfortable.
This post: Designer Nathan Yong reinvents a classic
At the time, the stool challenged traditional norms of what a stool should look like. It was also only sold in Singapore for six months before rights to the design were sold to French company Ligne Roset so that it could be produced and distributed worldwide.
In 2014, Yong regained the rights to the design and decided to launch it once again, now able to put his own name to the design. The timing this year is perfect as the design celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Now available at Gallery & Co. at the National Gallery, the Breakstool is available in two new variations, Oak and Walnut and was launched in conjunction with this year’s National Day celebrations. The new piece retails for S$480.
Also soon to come, is Yong’s new variation of the classic, the Breakchair which demonstrates how the design can move forward. The new design features an added backrest while maintaining the stool’s smooth, curved lines. This will be available for S$650.
Gallery & Co. 1 St Andrew’s Rd, National Gallery, Singapore 178957, www.facebook.com/GalleryandCo