"I have always been inspired by the language of turntables and entertainment units
from the 1960s," says Singaporean designer Nathan Yong. Which is a remarkable
statement when you learn that Yong grew up in a wooden hut by the sea, where he and
his brother made their own toys and "waited for low tides so we could pick up treasures
from the shore." Growing up with the beach as entertainment, Yong has developed into
a resourceful designer, whose work captivated us with its quiet elegance. At the 2010
International Furniture Fair in Singapore, Yong showed his Line Media Console, inspired
by "the fluid streamlined forms of 1960s stereo components." We liked the aesthetic
so much that we asked Yong to expand the collection. He responded with one of the
best-looking bars we've ever seen. The Line Wine Bar (2010) has two drawers with
leather pulls, one open cubby, two storage racks for stemware and two storage racks
for a total of 24 bottles, twice the storage as the Line Bar. (The bottle storage racks are
removable.) Made in Malaysia.
Solid American walnut or white oak frame; MDF with walnut or oak veneer; chromed steel stemware racks.
Designer Nathan Yong earned recognition as a trailblazer in the Singapore design scene when he founded design company Air Division in 1999 with three friends. Air Division was the first Singaporean company to sell its designs to high-end furniture retailers. However, Yong's propensity for innovation began years before, in his childhood. Growing up in a wooden hut by the seaside with limited materials available required Yong to invent his own toys using treasures he collected from the beach. He continues to utilize that same habit to create with indigenous resources when designing furniture, relying on readily available materials, such as wood and steel. Read more >