When Janice Feldman, the CEO of the luxury outdoor-furniture company Janus et Cie, went looking for someone to collaborate with on a new line, she turned to the Hong Kong–based architect and designer André Fu. Feldman had seen his elegant work on the Cassia restaurant at Singapore’s Capella resort and arranged a meeting with the Cambridge-educated Fu in 2017.
“His expertise in honoring heritage with a modern lens is something I greatly admire,” Feldman says.
The resulting Rock Garden collection—which had been slated to make its international debut this week during Milan Design Week—features 18 outdoor teak pieces.
Dining, café, and side tables come topped with textured ceramic, while modular and lounge seating cushions are upholstered in a woven smoky-gray Janus fabric. “The collection embraces the poetic qualities of the authentic Japanese garden,” says Fu, who was named 2019 Interior Designer of the Year by ELLE Decoration China.
Lately, Fu’s touch seems to be everywhere. He has received commissions from the St. Regis Hong Kong and the Jean Nouvel glass tower at 53 West 53rd Street in New York City, where he completed the first model apartment. Last year, he launched his own lifestyle brand, André Fu Living. This month, the Mitsui Hotel in Kyoto, Japan, also designed by Fu, will open. And in May, his latest book, Crossing Cultures with Design, was published by Thames & Hudson. If he keeps up his current pace, he’ll soon have enough work for another volume.
This story originally appeared in the April 2020 issue of ELLE Decor. SUBSCRIBE
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