Hong Kong-based, Cambridge-educated interior designer André Fu has left his stamp in many of the hotels in the region, such as Kerry Hotel (Hong Kong), the Fullerton Bay Hotel (Singapore), and the soon-to-open Andaz Singapore. Now, he brings his creative vision to the average person’s home through TAC/TILE, a range of lights produced in collaboration with Czech brand Lasvit.
The industrial-themed lights are the amalgam of three inspirations: Paris’s Pierre Chareau-designed Maison de Verre, Chinese tiled roofs, and New York’s Flatiron Building. Table lamps, floor lamps, and suspended pendants were created from glass blocks via the combination of traditional handcrafting techniques and modern technology.
In an exclusive interview with DestinAsian’s sister publication Prestige Indonesia, André, who admires the late designer Jaya Ibrahim, talks about his projects and travels.
How do you describe your design principle?
Comfortable, relaxed, and tactile.
What’s your favorite project to date?
Each project is unique in its own way that it’s difficult to choose just one. Off the top of my head, Château La Coste in Provence is something I’m particularly proud of.
Do you have any dream projects?
It would be great to work on a theater, a space for the performing arts. The idea of spectacle—I think that’s quite provocative.
What can we expect from Andaz Singapore?
We’ll launch the property in two months’ time. Andaz as a brand is a celebration of its neighborhood. The hotel is located in the multi-cultural estate of Bugis in the Kampong Glam area, where the shop house culture is alive and thriving. We tried to bring the spirit of the shop house into a hotel setting.
How does traveling play a part in your work?
I travel a lot for work. What’s interesting is how through traveling for work, I get to understand different cultures and see things in a different light. It enhanced my life in many ways.
What’s your favorite destination?
I don’t know. I’ve been to Positano recently for the second time and it was a mind-blowing experience because of the landscape and the richness of colors. Marrakesh too comes with really exotic hues.