Kiam Yoong initially made contemporary
furniture as a hobby. He was later inspired by the
book Classic Chinese Furniture by Wang Shixiang and
was overwhelmed by the beauty, elegance and intricacy
of the pieces presented. He then determined to utilise
his woodworking skills in recreating pieces presented
in the book. Kiam does not believe in pure reproduction.
Rather, inspiration and commitment to the classical
Chinese furniture style laid the path for Kiam to
use his skills in bringing the designs to life. Recreation
of this past grandeur is his ultimate goal and each
piece is unique.
While untrained in furniture making, Kiam learned
his art from reading books, studying antique Chinese
furniture, and by restoring pieces brought to him.
He is now able to reproduce classic Chinese furniture
that is authentic in style and construction.
In 1991, Kiam emigrated from Malaysia to Melbourne,
Australia and found greater fulfillment in his creations;
fueled by the wide range of beautiful local and imported
timber and the availability of tools. He has since
created pieces that are considered as equal to those
produced during the Golden Age (Ming and early Qing
Dynasties) of classical Chinese hardwood furniture.
His work has been recognised through major industry
awards, commissions and news reviews.