Bean Buro

Expert in Interior Design.

About Bean Buro

The studio is an emerging architecture and interiors practice from London and Paris, led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, with a team of international designers to provide architecture, interior, installation, furniture and product design services. The Hong Kong studio was opened in 2013. The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specializing in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces.

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Uber HK Workplace Office

Uber HK Workplace Office

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Leo Burnett  Workplace design

Leo Burnett Workplace design

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The Work Project Coworking Space

The Work Project Coworking Space

Interior Design

Flock Architectural Art Installation

Flock Architectural Art Installation

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Terrace Chalet Apartment

Terrace Chalet Apartment

Interior Design

Black Beans Apartment

Black Beans Apartment

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Curvy Chambers Apartment

Curvy Chambers Apartment

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AstraZeneca HK  Workplace Office

AstraZeneca HK Workplace Office

Interior Design

Jardine House Workplace Office

Jardine House Workplace Office

Interior Design

Warner Music  Workplace Office

Warner Music Workplace Office

Interior Design

Cumulus Convention centre

Cumulus Convention centre

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Swirl Welcoming space

Swirl Welcoming space

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Disappearing Residential Apartment

Disappearing Residential Apartment

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Tasty Chengdu Restaurant

Tasty Chengdu Restaurant

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Cabinets Curiosities Residential apartment

Cabinets Curiosities Residential apartment

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Valley House Residential apartment

Valley House Residential apartment

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Larvotto Residential Apartment

Larvotto Residential Apartment

Interior Design

Bean Series 2 Multi-purpose Table

Bean Series 2 Multi-purpose Table

Furniture Design

Bean Buro Office Office Interior Design

Bean Buro Office Office Interior Design

Interior Design

Cheil Hong Kong Office Interior Design

Cheil Hong Kong Office Interior Design

Interior Design

Curly  Table

Curly Table

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Interview with Bean Buro

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL in London, he is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect overlapping disciplines between practice, academia and research. As a multi-cultural designer, Kenny has been actively engaged in the creative British design industry, specialised in the exchanges between international innovations, cross cultural narratives, and technological developments for the built environment. Born in Paris, Lorène Faure is a fully qualified French DESA (hmonp) architect and UK ARB RIBA architect. She studied under British renowned architect/critic Sir Peter Cook at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she graduated with honours and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President's Silver Medal. Lorène's talent in producing inventive drawings has been a key driving force to her workplace and personal exploration in art and architecture. Both Kenny and Lorene have always wanted to become a designer because from a young age, they were both inspired by the highly cultivated arts environment cities such as London, Paris, Hong Kong and Japan.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
The studio is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, with a network of British and international collaborators to providing architecture, interior, installation, furniture and product design services. The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specializing in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces.
What is "design" for you?
We believe architecture is an emotional, spatial experience constructed by both the user and the author. Our design methodologies stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of historical, environmental, cultural and social factors, resulting in highly inventive interventions while preserving plenty of intellectual wit.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
We enjoy a diversity of works, from architecture, to installation, furniture and products for clients who may require tentative and fresh ideas to improve their commercial, offices and hospitality spaces. We love to infuse plenty of humour and wit in our works, while keeping function and aesthetics balanced. We love to respond to cultures and traditions to generate designs that are humanistic. We love to infuse technology in a subtle manner that does not over take the poetic experience of a space.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
We love British designs, especially when used in the oriental context, because there is always a bit of misinterpretations in the translations of exchanges between the preconceived and the unexpected. Subtle concepts may sometimes be interpreted for all the wrong reasons, but we love such in-between conditions. After all designs are all to be experienced and humane. We love designs that are fresh, simple, and legible. We love designs that create surprises through the discoveries of subtle technological insertions.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The first thing Bean Buro designed was the Boathouse Home Office project for a private client and the office refurbishment for Cheil Hong Kong, a creative agency in Hong Kong.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Bean Buro works with the latest design design and fabrication techniques such as 3D modelling, CAD/CAM technologies such as rapid prototyping, laser cutting, 3D scanning, etc. We like to explore the potential of material, and push the boundaries of fabrication; at the moment we are enjoying working with steamed bent plywood for an artistic installation project.
When do you feel the most creative?
We feel the most creative when we are researching, listening to music, and when see exhibitions of other disciplines.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
We focus more on the experiential aspects of the design more during designing, for example what and how is the design represented, communicated and expressed? How does the design answer its own brief? How does it further contribute to the deepening of the various aspects that started it in the first place? How does it open up more questions?
What makes a design successful?
Further to the design meeting our ethos at Bean Buro and answers the client’s brief well, we also ensure we add a designer’s ‘tweak’ to the design to ensure it is aesthetical and non-generic.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Its method of communication and how the concepts are represented.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
We believe designers have a huge responsibility in creating experiences that feels are emotional and enjoyable, which would in turn increase the productivity of the users activities. We also believe we can use design to question and aid many aspects of the social, political and economical development of our urban environment. At Bean Buro we believe in high social responsibility standards, and provides dedicate works with sincere desire and integrity, as well as maintaining social relations. We dedicate to provide the best works to the society and dedicate the best products to our clients.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Through the development of communication technologies, where ideas are exchanged in the most rapid manner than ever before, the general field of design is getting broader yet in some cases, sadly more generic. The future of design may have a generally higher quality of production due to the increased sharing of knowledge over the field, however it may also result in a global reference library of commonly preconceived ‘good’ designs. This would call for more research in the exchanges between the local and the foreign, investigated the blurring boundaries between local traditions and globalised ideas. Only a small amount of designers may be cautious enough to deal with such conundrums while others may learn the responsibilities to engage with it. Designers are getting more specialized, but also calls for more multidisciplinary collaborations at the same time.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Bean Buro is a new company and its projects have not yet been exhibited. Bean Buro would love to collaborate with curators for opportunities.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Bean Buro has an extensive library, both on contemporary design ideas and on traditional western and oriental designs. Of course, our ‘daily dose’ also comes from online architecture platforms.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
We do not believe in generic styles or stylistic approaches that are merely fashionable, because a good design is organic and reacts to the specific conditions of contextual forces, which means it is always highly varied. Bean stands for Between Exchanges of Architectural Narratives, because our practice is believes that architecture is an emotional, spatial experience constructed by both the user and the author. The notion of ‘narratives’, or ‘stories’ is the driving force behind our designs. Bean Buro is also developing its expertise in cross cultural designs and aims to become a leader in the contemporary field of architectural designs; fusing traditions with contemporary ideas in sync with the global development of the design industry.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
After having lived in London and Paris for many years, we are now relocated to live and work in Hong Kong to further our passion in the production of architectural designs. Hong Kong already has a developed history of being receptive to new western ideas, which matches up perfectly with Bean Buro’s unique cross cultural design expertise with a European background. The environment is fertile with the developing cities in China, which is in close proximity to HK. We believe we have a lot to offer in HK and Chinese cities. China is also seeking influences from the West and developing new international designs, and we believe that our passion, knowledge and skills can be put to good use there.
How do you work with companies?
We always work very closely with companies to explore the brief together, and we often curate a series of design workshops using illustrated ideas in forms of drawings and/or models to engage the people of the companies to develop the research into initial concepts, and through an iterative process of thinking and critical analysis of empirical data, final proposals can be reached that should respond to its brief. We enjoy to work in a team for a mutually beneficial experience.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
We use the drawing as the main medium to explore concepts and design. The drawing can be made using digital or analogue techniques, and allowing various ideas to be tested and critically questioned. Our expertise in drawing has recently been featured in a design book called ‘Drawing, The Motive Force of Architecture’ by Sir Peter Cook, published by Wiley 2014.
What was your most important job experience?
Kenny worked in London between 2003-2013, he worked on various award winning projects as a project architect at Urban Salon Architects, and as an architectural assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership, before setting up Bean Buro in Hong Kong. Lorène worked in London between 2008-2013, she was an associate and senior designer for CRAB studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) and architectural assistant at Yael Reisner studio, before setting up Bean Buro in Hong Kong.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
Bean Buro is lead by co-founding directors Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. Whilst each project usually has a leading entity, the works are always a result of a tight collaboration between them and their team. Within the practice we are also developing a multidisciplinary research driven platform called COLLABean. This is a network of highly reputable designers, academicians and researchers in the design field, many of whom we had collaborated previously in London, we aim to consistently explore industry innovations and apply new knowledge and skills into our projects in architecture, interior, installation, furniture and product design.
How can people contact you?
People can contact us via our email : info@beanburo.com, by visiting our website www.beanburo.com , or by phone +852 2420 7200.

Extended Interview with Bean Buro

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Born in Paris, Lorène Faure is a fully qualified French DESA (hmonp) architect and UK ARB RIBA architect. She studied under British renowned architect/critic Sir Peter Cook at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, where she graduated with honours and was shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA President's Silver Medal. Lorène worked in London between 2008-2013, she was an associate and senior designer for CRAB studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) Kenny studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL in London, and is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect. He received various prestigious awards as a student, before becoming an assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership, and project architect at Urban Salon Architects to work on award winning projects. Kenny was also a lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, The Royal College of Art, Oxford Brookes, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture and London South Bank University.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
We both became architects because of our passion in designing spaces. We are motivated to experiment with spatial creation on the cultural thresholds of east/west, domestic/foreign, traditions/globalisation.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
We chose to allow our personal passions in designing which in turn led us to become designers.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
We design anything that affects space; buildings, interior architecture, permanent or temporary installations, furniture, and also art and illustrations.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Having a good university level education makes a crucial difference. Learning in the top academic environment makes you observe, experiment, critique – skills that carry with you for the rest of your life.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
A design that inspires people, whether it is functionally, formally or environmentally.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
When a design is good, the effect is tenfold. It enables functionality and productivity, creates attention and draws people together.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
We would love to design for Clients who share similar aspiration as us in creating better buildings, furniture and spaces.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
Cultural projects such as museums or libraries, but also small buildings such as private houses.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Our creative methodology, which goes through a process of observation, interpretation, and interrogation.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Other than our own academic masters such as Sir Peter Cook, Professor Marjan Colletti and Professor Marcos Cruz, we are also inspired by legendary couples such as Alison and Peter Smithson, Ray and Charles Eames, Aino and Alvar Aalto. The way they create a life’s work together.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
When we were both students (at different times but both) under the influence of Sir Peter Cook and other tutors and colleagues at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, we were amazed by the forces of architectural imaginations through drawings by Archigram, the way architectural creations can have such a wow factor.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
At the point of writing, so far we have created various competitions and built interior architectural projects together. The design is the greatest when the initial ideas generated through our concept drawings get translated into built forms, such as our early drawings and paintings for the Leo Burnett Project or The Work Project.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
In addition to practicing through work, we benefit from our personal activities such as reading, writing, researching, teaching, and travelling. It is important for us to overlap these disciplines.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is about progress and evolution. It is about the conceptualisation of creations. It develops our questioning and solutions. It challenges the existing and considers the future.
How do you think designers should present their work?
The work should be represented in the way the final product should be experienced. Every piece of work has its own story to tell, and should not be limited to generic ways of presenting.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
We are planning a series of projects that would cross the boundaries between art and architecture.
How does design help create a better society?
Design brings people together, creates opportunities and a better future.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
We are currently working on Uber workplace in Hong Kong, and a mall refurbishment and a Façade project. We are also working on Bean Buro’s research projects.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Design projects that not only have responded to our client’s brief, but going the extra mile of creating new unexpected qualities.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
Clients to be encouraged to take more ‘risks’ to embrace innovative designs.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
More technological advances in the way we design, prototype and fabricate.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
For our architectural projects, the design stages may be relatively fast, but the coordination and construction stages may take a long time.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
We start by gathering all data regarding the project in terms of client’s brief, the site, the social/political/cultural context, and allowing our personal emotional response to spark our inspirations.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
We certainly see trends in design, however the development of such trends are driven by other disciplines of technology, art, science, literature etc.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Technology plays an important role when we design. We are believers of technology. Our ideas may well be initially conceptualised by a hand drawn sketch, but immediately transfused into the computer for digital development and explorations. Our ideas process is both analogue and digital, and they intertwine, flip and creates a constant feedback loop.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
Our work involves various 2D, 3D digital design and fabrication equipment’s. We also have hand model making equipment. Our ideas are always tested and represented in multi-media, often a combination of hand drawings, paintings, digital collages, renderings, laser cutting, and 3D printing.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
For us, materials and colours come to life with light and shadows. They affect our perception of space. They create emotional experiences. Our skills as architects allow us to play with such ingredients to create spatial drama while performing functional means.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
We wish for our designs to be experienced first-hand by users, and if they would like to find out more about our ideas, we would welcome questions that are important to them. We wish for our designs to be provocative in generating interests and questioning.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
When we see a great design, the first emotion is always appreciation and enjoyment. As design critics ourselves, we would also interrogate its aesthetic and function as part of our enjoyment. We would also want to find out about the creator of the design.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Bean Buro was founded by the both of us, Lorene Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. We are partners in life and at work. It is not always easy, but most of the time we believe we are the best person for each other to motivate and understand each other. Our designs are often the best when we work together. We usually design in exactly the same way, but our subtle differences are also extremely important as they add perspectives and layers to our designs.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
Our teachers such as Sir Peter Cook, Professor Marjan Colletti and Professor Marcos Cruz, and other colleagues at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL such as Professor Murray Faser and Justin Lau. My college colleague Tobias Klein also had a great influence on me in getting into teaching. When we were in Paris we were also influenced by the energy of Odile Decq and the crowd of young designers she has brought in to Ecole Speciale d’Architecture.
Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
Architectural Representation and the Perspective Hinge, Pérez-Gómez with Louise Pelletier (1997) The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries, Robin Evans, MIT Press (2000) In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki, Vintage Classics (1933)
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
We have been developing our skills as a studio through doing lots of projects as a closely knitted team. Everybody in the studio is encouraged to put ideas on the table. We run crits in the studio to critically interrogate our research, concepts and production. Such interaction in our studio culture is very important for us to develop our skills and experiences in order to take on more and more challenging projects.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
We would love to meet Giovanni Battista Piranesi (b. 1720. d. 1778) whom created the famous etchings of Rome and the fictitious and atmospheric “prisons”. The imaginary works inspired us very much as an early example of how architecture could be experimented and developed through drawings.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
It is always great to be recognised for our designs. Clients also tend to trust your decisions more easily when you have received awards for your work.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Any colours that feel naturally enticing. We develop our favourite colours through the narratives inherent for each project. Every project has a different colour palette. We do not really have one colour that is our favourite. Our favourite place is Kyoto Japan for its tranquil historical qualities and well-kept temples in the city, particularly mesmerising during the cherry blossom season when one can explore the city and enjoy traditional Japanese food as part of the experience.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
A couple of years ago, we introduced a cat into one of our drawings, and it became an addiction – we tend to have cats hidden in all our drawings now!
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
We enjoy every single day at Bean Buro, which consist of lots of studio interactions with our colleagues and discussing creative ideas. It is a motivating place for everyone to design, draw, make, and celebrate studio events.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
Not exactly. But we knew we would want to do something artistic or creative when we grow up.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
We are fans of science fiction stories, and wish technology would allow human beings and nature to co-exist more harmoniously.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
We are from London and Paris, now developing our ideas and research in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific. Our studio is multicultural and we are looking for the most talented designers from around the world to join our team and collaborate with specialists from other disciplines. We will continue our mission passionately to create projects that would experiment and question the way spaces are created in the city, on the threshold of cultural, social and economic exchanges.

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