Interior Design: André Fu Studio
Carpet Design: Custom
The recently opened Hong Kong Palace Museum is the home to two Tai Ping bespoke pieces designed by interior architect André Fu, acting as a metaphor for the interwoven cultural heritage behind the museum’s vision.
In response to the invitation from the HKPM to create three site specific commissions: a tapestry for the auditorium entrance; an artisan floor rug for the VIP room; and an installation of modular seating for the public atrium spaces, Fu takes inspiration from his first visit to the museum, where he was struck by the punctuation of light that perforated through the vast cascading ceiling installation into the main atrium.
The metallic ceiling’s structure, interpreted by Fu as a modern re-interpretation of traditional roofing tiles, evokes fluidity and movement. Meanwhile, its play of light and shadow serves as a visual metaphor for André’s desire to convey a sense of cultural convergence, exchange and dialogue.
Named “The Convergence”, the key wall-hung tapestry for the Auditorium entrance is presented in a monochromatic play of 12 different shades of deep purple, whilst the floor rug for the VIP room embodies 12 shades of yellow and mustard. Accentuated with multi-level pile heights in a combination of cut and loop pile, Tai Ping artisans crafted a textured surface that recalls the movement of shadows cast in the museum’s main atrium through the day. These surfaces almost vibrate with the sense of energetic movement cast by the patterns of light and shade.
Photography: Hong Kong Palace Museum