Original designer furniture tends to be pricey for good reason, from the quality of materials used to the number of weeks, months and even years taken to research, design, develop and produce the pieces. For the fourth story in our series that aims to give you the 101 on original designer furniture, we talk to Ryan Yeo, who shares with us the hard work, time, energy and heart he pours into creating each piece of furniture.
By Low Shi Ping
From left: Brothers Morgan, Lincoln and Ryan Yeo took over their father’s 26-year old business in 2014.
Operations Director, Roger&Sons
Established in 2014, Roger&Sons is on a mission to reinvent the image of the traditional carpentry industry. The business is run by a trio of millennials who are – as its name suggests – the sons of the late Roger Yeo, a carpenter himself for 26 years. Far from just nailing wood together, Roger&Sons is about crafting customised, design-oriented pieces that are technically demanding – the result of spending time since they were children watching and learning from their father and his team of carpenters in his workshop. Ryan Yeo is the third son, who is now Operations Director of the business.
What was the journey that led to you crafting furniture?
It all started when we were about eight or nine years old. My two brothers and I would go to our father’s workshop to help out. This evolved into fixing things around the house. Our father wanted us to learn skills that we could use in our daily lives, so working with our hands came naturally to us.
As we grew older, we started experimenting with woodworking; making simple shelves and even a beer pong table. We took over our father’s 26-year-old business in 2014. I would be lying if I said I immediately fell in love with it (it is hard work after all), but the more I stuck with it, the more it began to feel like this was exactly what I was meant to do.
How many years of training did you undertake?
Similar to my brothers, I learnt through experience. We started with really simple tasks like carrying materials for the carpenters and watching them use the various machinery.