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
Neighbourhood: Deep Water Bay
Occupation: Architect/interior designer/founder of Hong Kong design studio AFSO
Wonton noodle soup at Mak’s Noodles — my go-to comfort food destination.
John Morford, the legendary hospitality designer.
The Upper House.
The double-height living room and its view over Middle Island.
WhatsApp. It allows me to interact with all my consultants in multiple destinations.
Brazil, as I have always aspired to experience the works of Oscar Niemeyer in person.
Three times a year.
When a client interferes with the design.
About two months ago.
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai.
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.
The moment when we opened my first hotel project — The Upper House — almost 10 years ago.
Being able to multitask.
Mark Rothko, Tadao Ando, Mies van der Rohe, Dries van Noten and Christian Liaigre.
“Let’s Get Lost” by Chet Baker.
There isn’t a person that I could think of!