About / André Fu
Born in Hong Kong and educated in England from the age of 14, André Fu holds a Bachelor of Arts at Cambridge University, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Cambridge.
Fu credits his idiosyncratic design style – a quietly thoughtful, carefully considered yet analytical approach marked by a highly refined aesthetic – to his peripatetic cultural upbringing.
According to the designer, “living, studying and travelling between both countries over the past thirty years is why my own tastemaker sensibility reinterprets traditional notions of national identities and drawing as naturally on European principles of beauty as from Oriental qualities, traditions and modernity, in a new hybrid. For me, it is about combining a seamless alignment of cultural and design sensibilities, modern luxury, and craftsmanship to shape the world around us.”
Fu became known overnight when he first redefined notions of hospitality with his design of the world-renowned Upper House hotel in Hong Kong. His creations range from a unique furniture collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection to contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, and major hotels and restaurants around the world for leading brands including Villa La Coste in Provence, The Berkeley London, Hong Kong’s Upper House Hotel and The St Regis, as well as Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.
Fu leads each project personally from his airy design studio, based at On Lan Street in Central, Hong Kong.
“I enjoy working on a wide range of projects across the world but none of these are about me or my personal design style,” he explains.
“Each new commission starts with understanding my client, the brand, and their specific brief or vision so that when someone walks into the space – whether it is an Andaz or a Waldorf Astoria hotel, for instance – that is what they see. My signature touches may be there but it is very important to me that the design is about telling a story about the brand.”
Designs usually begin with Fu’s hand-drawn conceptual sketches, shaping a sensuous fusion of form and materiality, before proceeding to a detailed design stage.
The same personal attention to detail throughout the design process has also featured in his custom-design furniture, lighting, and products.
Fu’s work has won increasing recognition with numerous awards. In 2016, he was named Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet Asia, and was honoured in Wallpaper*s list of ‘Top 20 Interior Designers’. In 2019, Elle Décor China named him “Interior Designer of The Year”.
In 2019, he successfully launched André Fu Living (AFL) with a holistic collection of lifestyle products that reflect his signature modern style.
2020 sees the unveiling of a new hardback monograph titled ‘Crossing Cultures with Design’, a collaboration with UK-based publisher Thames and Hudson and writer Catherine Shaw exploring Fu’s defining influences and the development of his unique and highly refined aesthetic and its relevance on the international design stage.
“I enjoy working on projects across different scales, moving from one realm to the next. My vision has been defined by a seamless alignment of cultural and design sensibilities, modern luxury, art and craftsmanship.” Fu explains.
Each reflects the hallmarks of his signature modern style with simple, natural materials and textures, and an unmistakable understated elegance.
For further information on any of the projects please contact:
Judith Fereday / Rhiannon Johns of Camron Public Relations
Tel +44 (0)20 7420 1700