Name: Fong Chan Zeuthen
Company: KAZE Interior Design Company
Position within company: Owner and founder of KAZE Interior Design
. Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I have a Masters in Architecture from Denmark. I have 15 years of experience in interior architecture furniture design and interior design in Vietnam.
. How would you describe your personal design style?
I always seek a balance in my design – it has to be functional first of all then it has to carry a message and tell a story.
. Where does your design inspiration come from?
In the function required, given space and the material itself. It has to be a simple approach but with an “eye open” result.
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I am disgusted by “pinterest and Instagram” moments – that we are asked to create. This becomes so important for the commercial value of a project. We must never forget the holistic perspective and create good architecture with function and proportion as highest achievement for any of our projects.
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.
Proportion, human scale, light, function & story telling.
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Build for people – not for a magazine shoot only….
. How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
As important – as telling the right story…
. What projects are you currently working on?
3 Hotels, 2 Resorts, 2 Golf Clubs, 5, F&B for Resorts, one Marina and 12 residential projects, show apartments and Villas.
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To concentrate on refining the projects we are working on to ensure our footprint is made for each project.
. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself:
Your most treasured possession?
My Danish cottage in Denmark.
Your favourite holiday destination?
New Zealand – The nature is outstanding, the Pinot Noir is life and one of the few places in the world you can drink the water from the river.
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Kimpton Hotel Monaco – Philadelphia
Geist – Restaurant Copenhagen
Nimb Bar – Copenhagen
Your favourite food and drink?
Any food and drinks with good company
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
With my dog – walking along the beach with her…
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Anything else interesting?
I live from project to project – I breathe and live through the studio’s performance. Knowing that we are only as good as our last project.