‘Bean’ stands for Between Exchanges of Architectural Narratives.
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, installation, furniture and product design services. The Hong Kong studio was opened in 2013.
The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specialising in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces.
We believe architecture is an emotional, spatial experience produced by both the user and the author. Our design methodologies stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of historical, environmental, cultural and social factors, resulting in highly inventive interventions while preserving plenty of intellectual wit.
COLLABean, as an integrated part of Bean Buro, is a trans-disciplinary platform for collaborations between practice, research and academia. COLLABean can provide design research services for business organisations, and wherever appropriate, to involve specialists’ input from a network of highly reputable designers, academicians and researchers in the design field.
The practice has since produced a string of successful interior architecture projects for luxury residential clients as well as reputable companies such as Cheil, Leo Burnett, Warner Music, and has been awarded Silver Winner in the Asia Pacific Interior Design Award 2015, Gold, Silver & Bronze Winner in the A’ Design Awards, and Finalist Winner of the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award. The studio has a rigorous methodology of exploring spatial narratives through conceptual drawings and models that explore the humanistic aspects of design.
About the 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.
Born in Hong Kong, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is half Chinese and half Japanese. He studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL 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 worked on various award-winning projects as a project architect at Urban Salon Architects, and worked as an assistant at Richard Rogers Partnership. Kenny was also a part time 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.