Architect André Fu is having a moment. A big moment too, as far occasions go. Having shot to fame with a number of high profile commissions (Hong Kong’s Upper House hotel, London’s Gong Bar at The Shard and an intriguing installation for fashion brand COS among them) and having featured in Wallpaper's own Power List late last year, he also launched his own lifestyle line (André Fu Living), published a book with Assouline and launched a bestselling, bespoke hand-tufted rug collection with Tai Ping Carpets.
The achievements don’t end there, either. Fu has been named Designer of the Year for this year’s edition of Maison & Objet Asia (launching this week and running 8–11 March) and is soon to unveil a rather revolutionary lighting collection with renowned Czech glass manufacturer Lasvit come April.
Before he lights up Salone del Mobile though, his attention will be firmly set on Singapore, where his latest bathroom accessory line with young American brand Cooper & Graham is due to be unveiled. 'Skyliner', as the artisal bath collection is called, is said to be 'heavily rooted in its balance of proportions and more importantly, a understated purist quality'. Urban landscapes and contemporary buildings inspire the modern, interlocking systems, which seem more like sculptures than bathroom accoutrements at times. Particular attention has been given to refining the edging and detailing of the fixtures, 'with a view to illustrate the underlying pursuit of a collection that is bold visually, yet refined in experience', explains Fu.
That distinct language – fusing contemporary minimalism with classic elegance – is Fu's signature; a delicate balance that, although inspired by and best suited to the codes of luxury and subtleties of Southeast Asian sensibilities, has international appeal.
To whet our appetities for Milan – more on that to come in the May 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*206) – Fu and Lasvit are unveiling a small taster of the immaculately dressed architect's visit to their workshops. It seems the architect turned interior specialist turned designer has no intention of slowing down.
The May 2016 issue of Wallpaper* arrives on newsstands 14 April