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 or ‘East-meets-West aesthetics’ 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, and has since gone on to create forward-thinking interiors for other leading brands.
Fu leads each project personally from his airy design studio, based on the historic Duddell 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 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 and 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’. He is also regularly called upon to participate in international exhibitions, most recently with Wallpaper*s ‘Handmade’ series, a salute to world-class craftsmanship and creativity presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy (2016/2017).
In 2015, he successfully launched the André Fu Living (AFL) lifestyle brand with a series of products including a collection of original urban-inspired handmade carpets for Tai Ping; an artisanal room scent formulated by the cult perfumer Julian Bedel in collaboration with Fu; and modernist TAC/TILE lighting in collaboration with Czech lighting manufacturer Lasvit.
“I enjoy working on projects across different scales, moving from one realm to the next,” Fu explains.
Each reflects the hallmarks of his signature modern style with simple, natural materials and textures, and an unmistakable understated elegance.