Travel Journal: André Fu

  • Founder of Hong Kong design studio AFSO Andre Fu.

    Founder of Hong Kong design studio AFSO Andre Fu.

  • The Andre Fu-designed Clifford Pier restaurant at the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore.

    The Andre Fu-designed Clifford Pier restaurant at the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore.

  • Colorful Moroccan textiles in Marrakech (Getty Images).

    Colorful Moroccan textiles in Marrakech (Getty Images).

  • Prague's Museum of Czech Cubism (Getty Images)..

    Prague's Museum of Czech Cubism (Getty Images)..

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Name: André Fu
Occupation: Interior architect and founder of Hong Kong design studio AFSO and lifestyle brand André Fu Living
Home Base: Hong Kong

What is the first trip you remember taking?
Going to Bangkok when I was six years old. I can still picture how the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok looked then, in 1981—it was my first hotel stay.

How would you describe a perfect trip?
Going to a place that allows me to rejuvenate, ideally somewhere with a lot of heritage.

Do you have a particular packing style?
One piece of hand luggage (usually an AFSO tote bag), if I can get away with it.

What do you never travel without?
A bundle of pencils and a small pile of paper.

What has been your biggest travel mishap?
I always seem to run into trouble when changing planes at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Do you have a favorite place you’ve visited?
Marrakech, for its exotic juxtaposition of colors and patterns.

Describe the qualities you most appreciate in a hotel.
I admire a place where the hotelier had a clear vision and mindfully curated the entire experience down to the smallest details—places that give me a focused, whole experience.

Who is your ideal travel companion?
Anyone who dares to explore the lows along with the highs of a destination.

What is your biggest travel pet peeve?
Airports with poor signage.

And favorite souvenir?
A set of cutlery I bought from an artisan in Jodhpur.

How many countries have you visited?
Too many to recall.

Which destination surprised you the most?
Prague. The city has a wealth of Cubist architecture, which I found unexpectedly fascinating to the eye.

Where do you want to go next?
Rio de Janeiro, to see Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture.

What lessons have you learned from traveling?
Lifestyle is rooted in location.

No matter where you are, what makes you feel at home?
A cup of tea. —As told to Gabrielle Lipton

This article originally appeared in the April/May print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Journal: André Fu”).

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