André Fu unveils inaugural collection of homeware inside a Milanese villa
After 16 years of experience designing hotel interiors, André Fu knows that attention to detail will imbue even the most everyday item with timeless style. His first collection of homeware and decorative accessories – called Modern Reflections – launching at this year’s Salone del Mobile is no exception. Drawing on the clean, modernist aesthetic and multicultural nuances that are hallmarks of his spatial projects, Fu has created a holistic range of sleek furniture, carpets, lighting, tableware, bedding, and cashmere and silk textiles – plus more.
The Hong Kong-based architect says that his extensive, cross-category line of 150 pieces offers a ‘cohesive narrative that goes beyond aesthetics.’ Multiple elements in the range complement each other perfectly – from an elegantly curved dressing table that interlinks a touch of Bauhaus with a hint of Asian sensibility in a Chinese moon-gate-inspired circular shape, to a family of brushed bronze lantern-like lamps.
‘Asian craft is deep in my roots, and there are subtle references in many of the objects, but my focus has been on creating everyday objects that transcend cultures,’ Fu explains.
Fu’s Milan installation is where his architectural training shows, with a series of bold yet minimalist mineral blue enclosures inspired by the crisp geometric architecture of Jaipur’s eighteenth century Jantar Mantar Observatory, which unfold throughout the first floor of a Milanese villa.
Fu’s porcelain crockery reflects a similarly thoughtful cultural blend of plates, bowls and serving platters that suit dim sum as well as a classic roast, and are available in two ‘design languages’ – a sumi-e-style brush stroke pattern, and geometric designs typically found in 1960s modernist architecture.
‘True luxury is in the living experience, so I wanted to focus on the person and the places within the home where they relax, sleep, dine and dress,’ Fu explains. §