The new lighting collection for the home serves as a celebration of Fu's signature language of relaxed luxury, and is conceived to explore the materiality of glass – a reminder and ode to a truly tactile material that embodies religious, institutional and monumental architecture.
The design journey began when Fu traced back the history of glass application in the urban context – most recognisably in Maison de Verre that was built in 1932 and known by many as the House of Glass, or similarly in the tradition of Czech metropolitan passageways. Fu admired the architecture for its honesty of materials, adoption of the machine aesthetic, and its rejection of ornamentation, and believes glass blocks possess a unique sense of boldness unlike any other material.
The designer then drew inspiration from traditional Chinese tiled roofs, as well as the triangular form of the distinctive Flatiron Building for the collection. The notion to re-invent the modernist glass block came to mind, and Fu came up with a purist triangular profile as the core form of this lighting series.
Bespoke 'glass tiles' were adapted to a spectrum of applications – from table lamps, floor lamps, reading lamps and suspended pendants. The extent of offerings is in sync with Fu's original vision to create a lighting collection that could cater for all activities in the residential context.
A pop-up installation by Andre Fu Living – including the TAC/TILE collection – will be housed on the steps of the Lawn at The Upper House until 2 January, 2017.