DESIGN HUNTER® Q&A: Yung Ong
As executive director of luxury furniture retailer Proof Living, Yung Ong is responsible for introducing some of the top design brands to the local market. He also heads several F&B ventures as part of the Group’s business here. In this Designer Hunter Q&A, he talks about his latest project and the designs that personally inspire him
Name: Yung Ong
What you do: Executive Director of Proof Living.
I never had any aspirations of running a retail business or being involved in bars, but I knew from a young age that I loved people and I loved design. My first job was as a bus boy for a restaurant, and I didn’t know it at the time, but the design of the restaurant and seeing all those people happily eating and enjoying their time definitely led me to where I find myself today.
Your latest project:
Black Nut. A Peranakan inspired gastrobar on Emerald Hill designed to mimic a New York gentlemen’s club.
Please tell us a bit about this. What were the highs and what were the challenges?
The only challenge I find in new ventures is making the numbers work! It’s never a chore to be involved in projects that allow you to express your creativity and to work with great people.
Where you find inspiration:
I tend to feel like one of those horses pulling a carriage when I’m in Singapore. With all the work and distractions from everyday life, I feel like I have constant tunnel vision here, so I try very hard to get some down time when I travel to refresh my mind and explore.
Three people that inspire/excite you:
My core group of managers. I feel humbled every day when they remind me how much they expect from me. Knowing that they wake up every morning to come to work with someone so flawed inspires me to better myself and excites me about all the great work we will do.
Name your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base Berlinetta
Chair: Vitra Alcove by Rowan and Erwan Bouroullec
Decorative product: Barbara Barry Clearlight Crystal Orb
Functional product: Suitsupply Havana Traveller Jackets. They don’t crumple or crease and make me look like the most dashing guy in the room…
Handmade good: Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase
Item in your workspace: Humanscale Freedom Chair
Time of day to work/play: I’m a nocturnal person…
Restaurant: Momotaro in Chicago
Drink: Lactose Free Organic Milk
Piece of technology: Apple iPhone
Vice: Gluttony and Sloth
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?
An explorer with a mission to discover the meaning of life through design.