The Next Step

Tatler Homes Singapore|June - July 2020

The Next Step
Grafunkt marks another milestone with a new showroom featuring fresh, creative ideas that furthers the design conversation
Hong Xinying

“You can forget about retailing furniture if you are not passionate about furniture,” declares industrial designer Nathan Yong, who helms multi-brand retailer Grafunkt with co-founder Jefery Kurniadidjaja. The dynamic duo should know—they’ve been in the business for over a decade, and celebrated this milestone by moving to new premises at Funan.

Kurniadidjaja was a frequent customer at Yong’s first boutique, Air Division; the two quickly bonded over their passion for furniture design. “We have high idealism that’s also grounded in realism,” says the designer. Adds Kurniadidjaja: “We match well as partners because we both are never satisfied with what we have.”

The 13,000sqft showroom at Funan is Grafunkt’s largest to date. Described as a “design district”, the store features an in-boutique café and spaces furnished with European names exclusive to Grafunkt, such as Ligne Roset, Treku, New Tendency and Japanese brands Conde House and Time & Style. Besides its retail arm, the company also runs a contract division that caters to hospitality and commercial projects.

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June - July 2020