André Fu

In­te­rior ar­chi­tect who has made his name a by­word for un­der­stated lux­ury

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I en­joy work­ing with tim­ber – it ex­udes a sense of hon­esty and warmth.

I love the De­sign Mu­seum in Lon­don for the way it cel­e­brates the no­tion of cre­ativ­ity and the im­por­tance of how de­sign has in­flu­enced our lives. The Alexan­der Mcqueen ret­ro­spec­tive [ Sav­age Beauty] at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don was also ex­tremely pow­er­ful, in the way the scenog­ra­phy within the ex­hi­bi­tion cap­ti­vated the in­spi­ra­tions and spirit of his fash­ion col­lec­tion.

I ad­mire the orig­i­nal works of Dan­ish master and fur­ni­ture de­signer Hans Weg­ner. He had a time­less qual­ity and a vi­sion in crafts­man­ship that was rooted in the Scan­di­na­vian de­sign her­itage. I have an orig­i­nal shell arm­chair by Weg­ner at home, and I also ad­mire his clas­sic wish­bone chair.

In my suit­case I al­ways have a bunch of pen­cils and a pile of pa­per.

I am cur­rently into the works of Hong Kong artist Chris Huen.

I took my most mem­o­rable trip to Mar­rakech, to im­merse my­self in the Ma­jorelle Garden. The garden was con­ceived with the vi­sion of Yves Saint Lau­rent – the ex­otic land­scape with a mix­ture of suc­cu­lent plants and bam­boo, set against a series of blue hard­scapes.

I take vis­i­tors to Kadoorie Es­tate – for its col­lec­tive of houses that date back to the pre-war era. The old trees in the neigh­bour­hood tran­scend one back in time.

As a child, I loved draw­ing mazes for my friends to work out them­selves – I en­joy the in­tri­cacy of draw­ing them as pat­terns, and per­haps this ex­plains my pur­suit as an ar­chi­tect.

I find scent a provoca­tive source of in­spi­ra­tion, so I keep an onyx can­dle by my brand, André Fu Liv­ing, on my desk. I de­signed the scent – a nose of olive, ver­bena and cedar wood.

My favourite dish is the fish soup at a lo­cal restau­rant named Wright Broth­ers, at Lon­don’s Bor­ough Mar­ket – it’s au­then­tic yet sim­ple.

The Park Hy­att Tokyo is my favourite place to stay out­side of Hong Kong – for it be­ing the first sky ho­tel and its time­less qual­ity.

Villa Savoye by Le Cor­bus­ier, in the out­skirts of Paris, is one of my favourite ar­chi­tec­tural land­marks. I love its sense of jour­ney and ex­pres­sion of shapes.

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