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27 Questions: André Fu, architect and interior designer extraordinaire

Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. In our weekly 27 Questions column, we get up close and personal with the city’s notable personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all in roughly the same amount of time it takes to sit through a 2-minute speed date.

Born in Hong Kong and educated in the UK, architect and interior designer André Fu first made his name in 2009 with the opening of The Upper House, one of our fair city’s most iconic hotels. Since then, Fu and his design studio, AFSO, have worked on an ever-growing number of hotels, restaurants, art galleries, retail shops and more — and the number of projects only seems to be increasing with each passing year.

In the past year alone, Fu’s projects have included the stately and impressive Waldorf Astoria Bangkok; the launch of André Fu Living, a line of home furnishings; the gorgeous new St. Regis Hong Kong; and, most recently, a handsome redesign of the former Aberdeen Street Social space at PMQ for the new restaurant concept Louise, helmed by Julien Royer, one of Asia’s best chefs.

Even in the midst of a fully stacked schedule, however, the busy designer somehow found time to answer our signature questionnaire. Read on to discover more about André Fu, including his life motto, which country is at the top of his bucket list and what he doesn’t like about living in Hong Kong.

Name: André Fu
Age: 44
Neighbourhood: Deep Water Bay
Occupation: Architect/interior designer/founder of Hong Kong design studio AFSO

1. What is your life motto?

“Embrace life.”

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

Wonton noodle soup at Mak’s Noodles — my go-to comfort food destination.

3. Who is your role model?

John Morford, the legendary hospitality designer.

4. What was your first hospitality project?

The Upper House.

5. What is your drink of choice?

Green tea.

6. When was the last time you drove a car?

Last weekend.

7. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

The double-height living room and its view over Middle Island.

8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Morning person.

9. Which phone app could you not live without?

WhatsApp. It allows me to interact with all my consultants in multiple destinations.

10. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


11. What is your biggest regret in life?


12. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

The density.

13. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

Brazil, as I have always aspired to experience the works of Oscar Niemeyer in person.

14. How often do you prepare your own meals?

Three times a year.

15. What is your greatest fear?

When a client interferes with the design.

16. When did you last ride the Star Ferry?

About two months ago.

17. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?


18. What is one movie everyone should see?

In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai.

19. What is your typical Sunday like?

A swim in the morning, dim sum luncheon and a two-hour session at my design studio in the late afternoon to prepare myself for the week ahead.

20. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

The moment when we opened my first hotel project — The Upper House — almost 10 years ago.

21. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?


22. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

Being able to multitask.

23. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Mark Rothko, Tadao Ando, Mies van der Rohe, Dries van Noten and Christian Liaigre.

24. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

“Let’s Get Lost” by Chet Baker.

25. If you could banish someone from Hong Kong forever, who would it be?

There isn’t a person that I could think of!

26. Where do you go when you want to be alone?

My studio.

27. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one word, what would it be?


27 Questions: André Fu, architect and interior designer extraordinaire

Michael Alan Connelly

Head of Digital Content

A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.


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