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

12 Feb 2016


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.

Proof Living showroom at ION Orchard

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.

Black Nut gastrobar

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

Vitra Alcove

Commercial space: Four Seasons Sayan, Bali

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…

Suitsupply Havana Traveller Jackets

Handmade good: Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase

Item in your workspace: Humanscale Freedom Chair

Humanscale Freedom Chair

Time of day to work/play: I’m a nocturnal person…

Meal: Japanese

Restaurant: Momotaro in Chicago

Drink: Lactose Free Organic Milk

Piece of technology: Apple iPhone

Vice: Gluttony and Sloth

Virtue: Persistence

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?

An explorer with a mission to discover the meaning of life through design.

Proof Living