There’s a midcentury curve to Andre Fu’s new collection
Exclusively explore Andre Fu Living’s second collection, Mid-Century Rhythm, inspired by sculptural and Bauhaus forms
A year ago, André Fu launched his first homeware collection, a suite of furnishings, bedding, lighting, tableware, and cashmere scarves and throws which proved so popular that this year, the Hong Kong-based interior architect is releasing a second wave of designs that include sculptural beds, cabinets, a covetable chaise longue and accessories.
Both collections share the designer’s signature understated sophistication and fascination with craftsmanship, although this new one introduces a softer, sinuous form that feels perfectly attuned to today’s challenging times. Fu says he created the new collection thinking about the silhouettes of Hans Coper’s abstract pottery, Alexandre Noll’s wooden sculptures and classic, sleek midcentury profiles.
Take the portable LED lamp, for example: frustrated by generic restaurant table settings, Fu has transformed his favourite architectural device, the glass brick, into an undulating wave on a bronze base. Mirrors with a matte bronze geometric frame are inspired by Bauhaus circular windows.
Curves are the unifying theme throughout Mid-Century Rhythm, the title of the collection, most notably in a sculptural three-tier oak and glass cocktail trolley. Its curvaceous form carries through to graphic, rippling patterns on tableware and bed linen.
‘I wanted to express fluidity and movement in a contemporary wave. It’s not just about how beautiful it looks, but how it makes you feel’
This collection introduces ceramic and bronze vases, marking Fu’s first foray into accessories. The bronze is hand cast in Thailand, where the designer worked closely with artisans to shape moulds which infuse a spirit of both reflection and motion into dramatic vessels.
As Fu explains in more detail: ‘I wanted to express fluidity and movement in a contemporary wave. It’s not just about how beautiful it looks, but how it makes you feel.’
With plans to present the new collection at a palazzo during Milan Design Week cancelled, the launch has been replaced with a global online release on 1stdibs and Moda Operandi while a conceptual microfilm has been created that captures the spirit of the collection. The exclusive movie blurs the borders of image and abstraction, with an ethereal custom soundtrack by multi-media artist Rosey Chan, debuts.
Physical displays of the collection will commence this summer in Asia at Lane Crawford, Domus Tiandi and Fort Casa Hangzhou. §