Prestige 40 Under 40 HK 2021: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Bean Buro
I co-founded Bean Buro in 2014 with my French partner and wife LorÃ¨ne Faure. Poetic narratives guide our creations – we often draw inspiration from French and Japanese art and architecture, photography and Western literature. Architects by training, we design interior and exterior spaces with a readable sculptural and narrative approach.
I think the luxury design aesthetic doesn’t always need to have preconceived, opulent, exuberant stuffy details, which can be slightly unnatural and over-designed. We love to design with good quality, durable materials, often paired with curved shapes and colors to create engaging experiences. Aesthetically speaking, our goal has been to redefine hospitality and luxury designs with a fresher, more minimalist, comfortable and natural feel – in response to today’s high-end lifestyles, with an emphasis on the well-being of mind and body.
Over the years, we have developed great relationships and we love the way we work collaboratively. Together with my partner, we act as creative directors to drive the primary conceptual ideas, and we work closely with our talented team of designers to deliver high quality projects. We are a tight-knit, tight-knit team of around 15 in-house people based in Wong Chuk Hang; we are all architects or interior designers by training. We collaborate with a wider network of specialist designers to offer other specializations, depending on the needs of the projects – for example, lighting or acoustic design, signage and orientation, or art installations.
We have a great human culture – our team organizes rooftop yoga and charity activities, and actively conducts research and experimentation by collaborating with different material workshops and artists. But the most crucial team player is our clients: we have been fortunate to work with clients who trust our ideas and embrace creative design.
We are currently working on a boutique hotel in Hong Kong for a private developer, for which we are renovating an existing building in Sheung Wan. There are also several luxury private residences, an exciting workplace ‘showroom’ project in our own neighborhood, Wong Chuk Hang, and we are designing the refurbishment of a key luxury shopping mall in Causeway Bay – I can’t say which one yet – that will be completed next year.