by André Fu
André Fu’s second collaboration for Tai Ping pays poetic homage to the quintessential international urban landscape, with its modern architecture and shadows, and the subtle reflective qualities of water expressed through 13 distinctive cinematographic carpet designs.
Using highly complex, sensual textures hand-in-hand with an intricate combination of fibres from wool, silk and cashmere to linen, steele and glosilk, Fu’s designs reflect his own flâneur-like experience of the architecture of cities through a dream-like, pixelated, and abstract expression of intriguing urban silhouettes.
Tai Ping brings a 60-year heritage of artisanal skills in its first collection to feature both hand-tufted and hand-knotted techniques. The unique offering showcases Fu’s Sensory Dusk, Immersive Sunset, and Urban Nightfall design themes that express the city in a subtle evolution from natural daylight’s soft pastels, icy blue and mineral-like jade green, through the rustic cinnabar-reds of sunset, to the intense, midnight blue abstract celebration of nightfall.
“Scenematic is not about any one single element of a particular city” says Fu. “Instead, it represents the very sensual, subliminal cinematographic experience that comes from being immersed in the geometries, light, and reflections of an urban landscape – whether it be Paris, London, Tokyo or Hong Kong – at different times from dusk to dawn. The collection really embraces a flâneur-like interpretation of our urban life – it evokes memories of cities through the use of pattern, textures and materials to express fleeting impressions and images.”