EVENT INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FURNITURE FAIR HONG KONG
WHERE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, WAN CHAI

HAPPENINGS: With skyscrapers aplenty and artistic minds being nurtured, our city is quickly becoming Asia's design hub. In response to this, Hong Kong recently hosted the first International Design Furniture Fair. A VIP cocktail event was held on the first night to celebrate the new fair.

Luxury brands such as Lalique, Baccarat and St Louis showed off their latest collections. The highlight of the three-day event was the "Dialogue Speaker Series". Interior designers and architects André Fu, Alan Chan, Lyndon Neri and Michael Ng, along with Pinky Lai, the former chief designer for Porsche, were invited to share their experiences and wisdom with guests. Their talks covered everything from the concept of relaxed luxury to whether Hong Kong is poised to be Asia's true design hub.

 

OVERHEARD Seminars by André Fu and Pinky Lai within hours of each other? This is like heaven.

 

CHIC CHAT with André Fu

Your seminar was on the concept of "relaxed luxury". What does this mean to you?

To define luxury is something very conceptual for me. The perception of luxury has definitely evolved over the last 10 years. It used to be very ornate, adding layers and layers to things which are actually very simple. [ Basically,] relaxed luxury is about creating thoughtful spaces in which an individual feels comfortable. 

With so many projects around the world, you must travel a lot. Do you have any travel tips?

Have amazing friends in the travel media business - so wherever you go, you know exactly where to go. You can text them on the day you arrive [in a city], and they can tell you exactly what to do.

Do you have any advice for aspiring interior designers/architects?

You need a lot of endurance. [Hospitality] projects can take at least three to four years. You need to be true to your original vision and embrace it throughout the process.

If you weren't a designer, what would you be instead?

A brand consultant.