Love triangle: André Fu and Lasvit team up on perfectly pitched new lighting set
André Fu’s new 'Tac/Tile' collection of bespoke hand blown lights, which was unveiled at Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April, marks a return to the Hong Kong-based designer’s architectural roots. The series of lamps, created in collaboration with the Czech Republic-based glass manufacturer Lasvit, is a hybrid of architecture and lighting, the product of what Fu calls ‘an exploration of the materiality of glass’. The new collection centered around a 23mm-thick seamless fold of hand blown glass, paired with a minimalist matt-bronze frame – takes inspiration from the curved roof tiles of traditional Chinese vernacular architecture and the sleek, unadorned curves of iconic 20th-century modernist buildings. The design process took almost a year and started with meeting the artisan team on site at one of the oldest glass-blowing factories in Bohemia. The deliberately understated architectural form of the 'Tac/Tile' collection is also something of a departure from Lasvit’s trademark sculptural installations.