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Grafunkt X Star Wars: Pop Culture Dreams Can Come True

Nathan Yong designs a dream collection of marble furniture shaped after iconic machines from Star Wars.



BY Narelle Yabuka

15 November, 2017


If you’ve ever visited a Grafunkt store, you would have noticed the distinctly cool flavour of a range of pop and indie culture-related objects dotted around the space. Who’s to thank for these delightful surprises? None other than Grafunkt co-founder and designer Nathan Yong.

Recently, he had the rare opportunity to translate one of his favourite pieces of popular culture into sculptural furniture through his own design lens.

Say hello to the Star Wars | Grafunkt collection: the result of an exclusive collaboration between Disney and Grafunkt to commemorate the upcoming film release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Says Yong: “I am stoked to have the opportunity to collaborate with Disney on this collection as Star Wars is very much a part of me and my generation’s life with its imperative pop culture impact and influence. Being a classic film while its contemporaries fade into obscurity, Star Wars remains timeless, accompanying us from boyhood through adulthood.”

Yong has created a series of four marble stools/side tables that are available in limited runs as Star Wars collectible editions. Each piece is modelled after an iconic Star Wars machine: the Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, TIE-Fighter and AT-AT Walker.

The Millennium Falcon and TIE-Fighter were chosen to represent the duality of the light and dark side, whilst the AT-AT and Sandcrawler were chosen for their strong visual and architectural aspects respectively.

Yong sees the collection as an expression of the current state of pop culture – one that challenges people’s perception of what film merchandising can be.

Star Wars | Grafunkt will be available from 1 December 2017 at Grafunkt, Takashimaya’s Star Wars Pop-up Store and theartling.com. The film will be in Singapore’s theatres on 14 December.


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