Profile

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, furniture, product and masterplanning design services. 

The Hong Kong studio was opened in 2013, specialising in innovative workplaces, residential, F&B, retail, and hospitality for commercial and private clients. Together with our collaborators, we deliver a one stop service to include branding identity, graphics, art, lighting design, acoustics design, and AP / RSE services. 

The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural development factors, incorporating overlapping design disciplines in the social, economical and technological production of urban spaces.  With a strong believe in architecture being an emotional, spatial experience produced by both the user and the author, the design methodology involves the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of forces, resulting in inventive interventions inherent with humanistic delights.

The practice has since produced a string of successful architecture and interior projects for reputable developers such as Grosvenor, Nan Fung Group and Sun Hung Kai, as well as commercial companies such as Uber, Leo Burnett, Warner Music, Kerry Logistics, and has been nominated for The Prodigy INDE. Awards 2017, 3 nominations in Archdaily Architecture Awards China 2017, awarded Silver Winner in the Asia Pacific Interior Design Award 2015, Runner Up in Architizer A+ Awards 2015, multiple Gold and Silver awards in the A’ Design Awards in three consecutive years, and Finalist Winner of the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award. The studio has a rigorous methodology in research by design, using high quality drawings and models that explore cultural narratives and the humanistic aspects of design. The works have been featured in Archdaily awards, Interior Design NYC, ID+C, Design Anthology, ELLE, Perspective, Domus, FRAME and Wallpaper* Magazine

 

Meet the team

  Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui  / Founding Directors   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. 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. Lorène has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.  Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied at UCL The Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect. Kenny has been actively engaged in the British design industry in London between 2003-2013 - 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. He co-founded Bean Buro in Hong Kong to continue his cross-cultural expertise. Kenny has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui / Founding Directors 

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. 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. Lorène has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied at UCL The Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and is a UK ARB and RIBA chartered architect. Kenny has been actively engaged in the British design industry in London between 2003-2013 - 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. He co-founded Bean Buro in Hong Kong to continue his cross-cultural expertise. Kenny has been nominated for the 40 Under 40 by Perspective in 2017.

  Hannah Wang  / Operations Manager   
  
   
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    Hannah grew up and studied in Hong Kong and the United States. Prior to joining Bean Buro, Hannah had worked in the Fortune 500 multinational corporation in managing the office and dealing with clients and external partners. At Bean Buro, Hannah is responsible for business development, fees proposals, and contractual liaison with clients and external partners. Hannah also assists in the finance administration, human resources and the day to day management of the studio. Her friendly and trusting nature keeps clients and our colleagues at ease. Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends when she is not reading up. 

Hannah Wang / Operations Manager

Hannah grew up and studied in Hong Kong and the United States. Prior to joining Bean Buro, Hannah had worked in the Fortune 500 multinational corporation in managing the office and dealing with clients and external partners. At Bean Buro, Hannah is responsible for business development, fees proposals, and contractual liaison with clients and external partners. Hannah also assists in the finance administration, human resources and the day to day management of the studio. Her friendly and trusting nature keeps clients and our colleagues at ease. Hannah loves to spend time with family and friends when she is not reading up. 

   
  
   
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     Savannah Wilkins  / Junior Interior Designer  Originally from South Africa, Savannah has a unique outlook on life having spent her formative years in England, Dubai and Hong Kong. Savannah graduated with a BFA in Interior Design at SCAD Hong Kong and excelled as a finalist in a collaborative project with Hong Kong’s MTR.  With an acute style, Savannah has a diverse and rounded understanding of Art, Design and Architecture that continues to drive her creative passion. In her spare time Savannah explores her personal style through working in textiles, creating graphic prints and drawing.    

Savannah Wilkins / Junior Interior Designer

Originally from South Africa, Savannah has a unique outlook on life having spent her formative years in England, Dubai and Hong Kong. Savannah graduated with a BFA in Interior Design at SCAD Hong Kong and excelled as a finalist in a collaborative project with Hong Kong’s MTR.  With an acute style, Savannah has a diverse and rounded understanding of Art, Design and Architecture that continues to drive her creative passion. In her spare time Savannah explores her personal style through working in textiles, creating graphic prints and drawing.

 

  Pauline Paradis  / Senior Interior Designer  Originally from France, Pauline studied interior architecture and furniture design at the École Camondo. Pauline has collaborated with Annabel Karim Kassar in Beirut, Laurent Deroo Architecte in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. After a year with Parallel Lab working on competitions and micro architecture, she joined Bean Buro in 2015 and has since led a number of highend residential and workplace projects such as the luxury cosmetic brand L’Oreal. Pauline also worked on a coworking space for The Work Project. She is best known for her friendly approach to client interfacing and dedicated coordination with the wider design team. 

Pauline Paradis / Senior Interior Designer

Originally from France, Pauline studied interior architecture and furniture design at the École Camondo. Pauline has collaborated with Annabel Karim Kassar in Beirut, Laurent Deroo Architecte in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. After a year with Parallel Lab working on competitions and micro architecture, she joined Bean Buro in 2015 and has since led a number of highend residential and workplace projects such as the luxury cosmetic brand L’Oreal. Pauline also worked on a coworking space for The Work Project. She is best known for her friendly approach to client interfacing and dedicated coordination with the wider design team. 

  Kirk Kwok  / Senior Architectural Designer  During his time working as a UK architect at AHMM London, Kirk had engaged in high profiled mixed used development at technical design stages, pre-planning stage of a high profile commercial scheme and an office refurbishment where he gained valuable experience in detail design and coordination between suppliers and contractors. He has always had an interest in smaller scaled vernacular interior architecture with a personal touch. The translation of architecture between the individuals and global/cultural perspective is particularly interesting to him.

Kirk Kwok / Senior Architectural Designer

During his time working as a UK architect at AHMM London, Kirk had engaged in high profiled mixed used development at technical design stages, pre-planning stage of a high profile commercial scheme and an office refurbishment where he gained valuable experience in detail design and coordination between suppliers and contractors. He has always had an interest in smaller scaled vernacular interior architecture with a personal touch. The translation of architecture between the individuals and global/cultural perspective is particularly interesting to him.

  Philippine Vidart  / Interior Designer  As a French designer brought up in an artistic household in Hong Kong, Philippine picked up the art of doodling from an early age, which has led to a keen interest in observing spatial compositions and creating environments, and ultimately enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States to study Interior Design and Illustration. At Bean Buro, she draws from her mixed cultural background to explore narratives, and has most recently led the design of a luxury workplace project at IFC2, and branding identity works for advertising company. Philippine is also our in-house DJ with a great taste in music.

Philippine Vidart / Interior Designer

As a French designer brought up in an artistic household in Hong Kong, Philippine picked up the art of doodling from an early age, which has led to a keen interest in observing spatial compositions and creating environments, and ultimately enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States to study Interior Design and Illustration. At Bean Buro, she draws from her mixed cultural background to explore narratives, and has most recently led the design of a luxury workplace project at IFC2, and branding identity works for advertising company. Philippine is also our in-house DJ with a great taste in music.

  Jay Jordan  / Architectural Assistant  Jay graduated with a First Class BA in Architecture from the University of Arts London in 2017. Having lived in South East Asia for over a decade, he appreciates both the value that alternate cultures bring to design, and the merit of researching ‘Peripheral Phenomena’ - those (non-architectural) practices and processes that enrich our lives and spaces. His passion for the investigation and formulation of Architectural Narratives was reflected in his Graduate Project ‘197 Farm Road’, a Community proposal which explored the power of Storytelling. The scheme won Departmental and SELSA RIBA Awards, and gained a Bronze President’s Medal Nomination. 

Jay Jordan / Architectural Assistant

Jay graduated with a First Class BA in Architecture from the University of Arts London in 2017. Having lived in South East Asia for over a decade, he appreciates both the value that alternate cultures bring to design, and the merit of researching ‘Peripheral Phenomena’ - those (non-architectural) practices and processes that enrich our lives and spaces. His passion for the investigation and formulation of Architectural Narratives was reflected in his Graduate Project ‘197 Farm Road’, a Community proposal which explored the power of Storytelling. The scheme won Departmental and SELSA RIBA Awards, and gained a Bronze President’s Medal Nomination. 

  Lelia Ku  / Senior Architectural Designer  Lelia is a dedicated UK architect and worked for reputable practices in London including Patalab Architecture, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing. With analytical and design capabilities acquired through qualifications and experiences in Architecture and Design, she has strong design and coordination skills, and has great attention to details. Lelia was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Westminster in London. During her spare time, Lelia loves to spend time with her family and explore the city. Lelia has most recently led a luxury residential project in Repulse Bay, and a creative workplace for the creative company WilliamsLeaTag.

Lelia Ku / Senior Architectural Designer

Lelia is a dedicated UK architect and worked for reputable practices in London including Patalab Architecture, and Büro Ole Scheeren in Beijing. With analytical and design capabilities acquired through qualifications and experiences in Architecture and Design, she has strong design and coordination skills, and has great attention to details. Lelia was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Architectural Association and the University of Westminster in London. During her spare time, Lelia loves to spend time with her family and explore the city. Lelia has most recently led a luxury residential project in Repulse Bay, and a creative workplace for the creative company WilliamsLeaTag.

  Abby Liu  / Architectural Assistant  Abby was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied Art & Design in the UK prior to her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. During her studies, she has developed an interest in experimenting with different materials and exploring her ideas through physical models. Since joining Bean Buro in 2016, Abby has worked on multiple commercial and residential projects, as well as producing several conceptual artworks for the office. Besides design production, she is also responsible for liaison with press and publications. Abby enjoys looking after her plants in the office and hiking with her friends in her spare time.

Abby Liu / Architectural Assistant

Abby was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied Art & Design in the UK prior to her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. During her studies, she has developed an interest in experimenting with different materials and exploring her ideas through physical models. Since joining Bean Buro in 2016, Abby has worked on multiple commercial and residential projects, as well as producing several conceptual artworks for the office. Besides design production, she is also responsible for liaison with press and publications. Abby enjoys looking after her plants in the office and hiking with her friends in her spare time.

  Isaac Tam  / Architectural Assistant  Isaac studied at the University of Bath, with his final project about abandoned villages in Dorset and its majestic landscape history. During his brief stay in the UK, Isaac spent almost a year working at FCB Studios and Allies and Morrison. After realising how much he missed Hong Kong, Isaac decided to come home. Since joining Bean Buro in 2017, Isaac has helped with multiple office projects while focusing on residential projects. He is also the guy who makes sure everyone tidies their stuff at the end of each week. Outside work hours, he enjoys regular music jamming with his band, and chill evenings gaming with friends.

Isaac Tam / Architectural Assistant

Isaac studied at the University of Bath, with his final project about abandoned villages in Dorset and its majestic landscape history. During his brief stay in the UK, Isaac spent almost a year working at FCB Studios and Allies and Morrison. After realising how much he missed Hong Kong, Isaac decided to come home. Since joining Bean Buro in 2017, Isaac has helped with multiple office projects while focusing on residential projects. He is also the guy who makes sure everyone tidies their stuff at the end of each week. Outside work hours, he enjoys regular music jamming with his band, and chill evenings gaming with friends.


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