Spencer Fung is a man of many talents. Architect, draughtsman, designer, painter, writer, craftsman – it seems there is nothing he cannot turn his hand to. Born in Hong Kong, Spencer grew up on Hoi Sham Island. Nature has always been an important influence in Spencer’s work and he credits his early upbringing on this island for sparking a deep connection. ‘I have vivid memories of playing along the shores, chasing dragonflies with my cousins,’ he says. His home environment was busy and creative. His father worked in the textile trade, and his mother set up her own business from the small flat they lived in, making wedding hats and fascinators on the family dining-room table.
Not surprisingly, Spencer soon wanted to make things himself. After training at Hong Kong’s Victoria Technical School, he moved to England where he trained as an architect, launching his own practice in 1990. He is well known for his incredibly involved approach to design. ‘Before I start any project, I immerse myself in the local environment, culture and landscape; these factors all influence my creative thinking,’ he says. He sketches by hand to explore and develop his designs, and has a holistic approach to architecture, interiors, furniture and landscape. Where possible he brings the outdoors into his work, mimicking the organic, flowing shapes of tree branches in his Wishbone furniture collection.
‘Before I start any project, I immerse myself in the local environment, culture and landscape; these factors all influence my creative thinking.’