Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui’s new book from Images Publishing is available for pre-order here.
"We often get asked how our big ideas can be built in practice, especially for workplace projects which are often highly functional and restricted. I have written this book which features our studio’s poetic ethos on workplace projects and many other innovative projects selected from around the world as a source of inspiration….” by Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Bean Buro
The significant and rapid trend toward small office design globally is testament to increasing economic imperatives, where often commercial rentals are pushing business into innovative ways to manage and minimize their space and resources.
Fast-evolving technological advances are also making it possible for people to work from home, where their home office environment needs to be not only stylish, but also conducive to productivity, and ergonomic to support and encourage good health and well-being. Also, there are those who seek to start their own business and are looking to establish a creative, professional and inspiring home office environment.
Big Design for Small Workspaces combines form with function, and presents innovative interior designs for offices with compact floor plans of up to about 3230 square feet (300 square meters).
This book showcases a selection of richly photographed, sleek and modern solutions, and presents insightful design concepts and appealing examples of imaginative and resourceful spaces, with informative commentaries describing aspects such as furnishings and materials, workstation layout, including the use of vertical space to its fullest advantage, and multipurpose areas.
This book will provide an essential source of inspiration for architects, interior designers, small business owners, the home- office renovator, and anyone looking to create a smart small office environment.ﾠ
Dimensions: 300mm x 240mm
Page Count: 256
Publication Date: July 2016
Colour: Full Colour
We are pleased to be interviewed in the South China Morning Post regarding transformable workspaces. Text written by Peta Tomlinson
Leo Burnett workplace design is featured in the November 2015 Issue of Modern Decoration.
See Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's full feature interview in Cubes Magazine regarding the challenges and goals in a workplace design.
December/January 2016 Issue
Bean Buro is featured on Apple Daily's article about unconventional workplaces.
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We are pleased to see Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui’s writing ‘Transient Urban Pockets’ published @The Architect SLIA journal July-Sept issue amongst other architects such as Kengo Kuma, CJ Lim, David Adjaye, Will Alsop, Alex de Rijke on the contemporary issues of ‘Democratic Space’. We would like to thank contributors Jack Sarjent, James Tang, Yoonjin Kim, U To and the Bean Buro team.
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Q&A with Bean Buro founders Loène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui. Written by Catherine Shaw.
See Lorene Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's interview featured in The Peak Magazine, titled "Creative Spaces Creative Minds" - Story by Christy Choi
The ASIA-PACIFIC INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS has attracted lots of interior designers from Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and other countries and regions every year. As usual, the 21ST ASIA-PACIFIC INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS also has a lot of outstanding designers and good works. These works, which are inspirational, offer a visual feast for readers at the same time.
The book includes all the finalists and winners of 21ST ASIA-PACIFIC INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS, divided into: gold medal, food space, hotel space, leisure & entertainment space, living space, sample space, installation & exhibition space, public space, work space, shopping space and students’ projects, a total of 11 chapters. The book brings together all the finalists and winners, with rich contents of images and texts. Its publication will definitely get a great response in designers and design enthusiasts. It will provide an excellent platform of the exchange and learning for designers and push the development of Asia-Pacific design industry.
Bean Buro is featured in the annual lPerspective+ 2015 publication as one of seventeen selected company profiles of the world’s leading architecture firms in 2015.
'Beyond being a functional and tranquil home, this apartment represents a narrative exchange between East and West, the owner's cultural traditions and the contemporary oriental context of Aberdeen'- Today's Living
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"A brand new chapter - Bean Buro Architects meticulously put together a creative workspace that 'feels like home', enabling Cheil Hong Kong to say farewell to cubicle life and welcome a holistic, open plan office full of energy."
- Perspective Magazine June 2014 issue. Text by Teresa Chow. Photography: Courtesy of Bean Buro Architects
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“An architectural duo’s (Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui & Lorène Faure) debut interiors project in the city is a light-filled triumph of tranquility”
- GoodLife Design with Charmaine Chan. Text by Catherine Shaw / Styling by Esther van Wijck / Photography by Jonathan Wong.
See the full story inside today’s South China Morning Post Sunday PostMagazine.
Here are a few extracts:
The duo, who established their consultancy, Bean Buro Architects, after moving to Hong Kong last year, met in Paris and then worked together in London.
“The ethos of our company is about cultural exchange. We come from Europe and have Oriental roots so we want to create a fresh fusion of those elements,” says Faure, who is French.
“It plays with the notion of a Japanese gate, or mon, and creates a welcoming entrance to the space,” Kinugasa-Tsui says.
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“Cosying up by the fire, jamming over drinks and chit-chatting in a cha chaan teng are not the norm during office hours- unless you happen to work in one of Hong Kong’s more progressive offices.
Aaron Lau, the chief executive for Greater China at Korean creative agency Cheil […] engaged Bean Buro Architects to make it so." - Peta Tomlinson for SCMP.
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Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in Digital Poetics: An Open Theory of Design-research in Architecture- Written by Marjan Colletti.
Digital Poetics celebrates the architectural design exuberance made possible by new digital modelling techniques and fabrication technologies. By presenting an unconventional and original 'humanistic' theory of CAD (computer-aided design), the author suggests that beyond the generation of innovative engineering forms, digital design has the potential to affect the wider complex cultural landscape of today in profound ways.The book is organised around a synthetic and hybrid research methodology: a contemporary, propositional and theoretical discursive investigation and a design-led empirical research. Both methods inform a critical construct that deals with the nature, forms, and laws of digitality within a contemporary architectural discourse that affects practice and academia.The chapters spiral at, from, towards, around, outside-inwards and back inside-out digitality, its cognitive phenomena, spatial properties and intrinsic capabilities to achieve, or at least, approach Digital Poetics. The book presents speculative and small-scale constructed projects that pioneer techniques and experiments with common 3D and 4D software packages, whereby the focus lies not on the drawing processes and mechanics, but on the agency and impact the image (its reading, experience, interpretation) achieves on the reader and observer. The book also features a preface by Frederic Migayrou, a philosopher and curator, and one of the most influential cultural engineers of the contemporary international architectural scene.The book is linked to a website, which contains a larger selection of images of some featured projects.
'Boathouse' Apartment was shortlisted as "Best 10 Living Space" for the APIDA 2013 (Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards). The project was also featured in the APIDA publication.
Focusing on the creative and inventive significance of drawing for architecture, this book by one of its greatest proponents, Peter Cook, is an established classic. It exudes Cook’s delight and his wide ranging, catholic tastes for the architectural. Readers are provided with perceptive insights at every turn. The book features some of the greatest and most intriguing drawings by architects, ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright, William Heath Robinson, Le Corbusier and Otto Wagner to Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Arata Isozaki, Eric Owen Moss, Bernard Tschumi and Lebbeus Woods; as well as key works by Cook and other members of the original Archigram group.
For this new edition, Cook provides a substantial new chapter that charts the speed at which the trajectory of drawing is moving. It reflects the increasing sophistication of available software and also the ways in which ‘hand drawing’ and the ‘digital’ are being eclipsed by new hybrids – injecting drawing with a fresh momentum. These ‘crossovers’ provide a whole new territory as attempts are made to release drawing from the boundaries of a solitary moment, a single viewing position or a single referential language. Featuring the likes of Toyo Ito, Perry Kulper, Izaskun Chinchilla, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Ali Rahim, John Berglund and Lorène Faure, it leads to fascinating insights into the effect that medium has upon intention and definition of an idea or a place. Is a pencil drawing more attuned to a certain architecture than an ink drawing, or is a particular colour evocative of a certain atmosphere? In a world where a Maya® drawing is creatively contributing something different from a Rhinoceros® drawing, there is much to demand of future techniques.
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in Protoarchitecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids- Edited by Bob Sheil.
The illusive and uncertain world of translating ideas into matter is a negotiation between the ideal and the real and a central preoccupation of architectural production. By invading the toolbox of digital fabrication, design has transgressed into protocols of manufacturing previously the domain of other disciplines and skills sets. Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal.
With contributions from Lebbeus Woods, Evan Douglis, Theo Jansen, Shin Egashira and many more, Protoarchitecture presents an explicitly diverse collection of works from leading and emerging practitioners, educators, researchers and visionaries from all corners of this innovative field.
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in Architectural Drawing (Portfolio Skills)- Written by David Dernie.
While computers have facilitated and enriched the ways in which architects can develop and present their ideas, there is also a growing lack of skills in other forms of image-making that was traditionally furnished through training in drawing and sketching. This book focuses on the exciting possibilities for representing the built environment with all the techniques both ancient and modern that are now available. Students today need to learn the following skills: how to draw using a range of media, the basic rules of making effective spatial images, how to read a drawing, and how to express ideas through appropriate media and forms of communication. Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into three sections: Media, Types and Places. Each section is illustrated with key drawings and accompanying commentaries. Step-by-step sequences and special tips will further help students to make the most of their newly acquired skills. This book will be an indispensable practical and inspirational resource in architectural schools and practices alike.
This book presents the latest developments in the field of architecture as it has been reshaped by the use of digital technologies. The last few years, technological developments in both hardware and software have enabled the realization of ideas that until now were only presented as theories, and have also opened new and unexpected areas of experimentation. The new digital technologies are influencing every stage of the creative process from the initial exploration of ideas to the construction of the final work and its interaction with the user. These developments are presented in four chapters, each one including detailed presentation of the most important relevant projects and general theoretical-technical information.
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in Digital Architecture Passages through Hinterlands- Written by Ruairi Glynn, Sara Shafiei.
Digital Architecture: Passages Through Hinterlands is a collection of provocative projects from a young generation of digitally enabled designers. This publication oscillates between the analog and the digital, from concept to realisation, mapping processes as it explores the diverse digital paths that lead innovative spaces, poetic narratives and social interactions.
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in E.T Architecture.
Exhibition/publication organisers, contributors and editors: Tamsin Green, Kenny Tsui, Jessica Lee, Justin Lau and Andrew Yek.
If five aliens were to land on Earth tomorrow, the first thing that would come to their intelligent minds would be : "Hey!! What's all this junk these humans are building?! They are creating such gutless architecture with their well mannered building traditions and even worse, the result is slowly enveloping and eroding the historic and natural values of their own planet! Geez, something has to be done!"
This book brings together the work of five like-minded individuals who have an idea that they can serve up something those aliens might warm up to...
Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui's work is featured in Mesh-cutting edge of digital architecture- Wirtten by Lauren Taylor White.
Department of Architecture and Design - Lecture Series 2007/08: 1
Tobias Klein (Editor), Kenny Kinugusa Tsui (Editor), Ann-Kristina Simon (Illustrator), Yoona Choi (Illustrator)
Open Series, or OS, is a progressive collection of lectures, never before seen south of the Thames (London) and different in nature to those north of the river. It s a freestyle soapbox upon which visiting lecturers can express, without constraints, their views, from the macro to the micro, the real and the imagined. It creates a flexible platform, where lecturers are individuals, interwoven and connected forming an intricate fabric reflecting today s architectural design world. Academics, practising architects, technologists, environmentalists and artists are invited on one important proviso: that they have something interesting to say. The OS platform nurtures and nourishes excellent lecturers and covers contemporary issues and emerging global and environmental concerns. It encourages lecturers to show competition entries before they are won, projects before they are exhibited, and books before they are published. It allows the audience to hear about emerging ideas and technologies, forms, patterns and spatial morphologies. The Department of Architecture and Design of London South Bank University is located within the Keyworth Centre in the heart of an incredible learning environment. The gritty, regenerating urbanism of Elephant and Castle and the South Bank forms its background. The Open Series is an appeal to throw open the department doors and draw upon a unique and fascinating narrative landscape. The aim is to broaden the two-way street of discussion and experience, inviting people in, encouraging students to step out, generating permeability, defusing limits and boundaries. The tradition of the maverick and the contrarian s viewpoint are alive and well south of the river and the doors of the Department have truly been flung open. We have moved from the periphery to join the debate. - Mary Jane Rooney Head of Department for Architecture and Design The OS book is an annual, full colour, printed record of the lectures; it contains a preface by Peter Cook, together with the essays and latest project images contributed by all the participating lecturers. It is sold in major architecture bookshops globally and offers an additional medium for the speakers to publish their thoughts, ideas and architectural agendas. It is a platform which extends the debate beyond the room and the speaker; it stands on its own two feet .
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COLLABean is a multi-disciplinary platform for collaborations between research, practice and academia.
Collaboration research paper for Horhizon Design Research Network. Author: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Justin C.K. Lau
Through the experimental network of Horhizon and the studio exploration at Unit E of Oxford Brookes University UK, various projects attempted to readdress the motivation behind digital designs; a computational design process that is constantly fluctuating to allow for humane input of personalities and designer’s emotions; the desire to flourish, manifest, festive, tribute, honour, and celebrate, creating a fertile condition for constructing optimism in architecture.
‘Constructing Celebratory Spaces’ is a theoretical attempt to investigate the contemporary spatial conditions to define and construct spaces of optimism, humour, colours and opulence. From these qualities emerge a fertile condition to celebrate and assemble developmental directions for human environments.