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