Lim + Lu is an inter-disciplinary design practice initiated in New York, currently based in Hong Kong. Lim + Lu works internationally providing architecture, interior, furniture, and product design services. Co-founders Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu met at Cornell University during their architecture studies. When the duo initiated Lim + Lu as aside projecting 2013, Vincent was an architect at KPF New York while Elaine focused on retail interiors at Tiffany & Co. After trying their hands at ICFF 2014 with several furniture prototypes and receiving much acclaim, the duo decided to move to Hong Kong to pursue Lim + Lu full time. Currently, Lim + Lu are working on projects in Hong Kong, New York, and other cities.
Q: Why did you get into Interior Design?
A: After we both worked at large architecture firms, Elaine was exposed to interior design through high-end residential interiors at Robert A.M. Stern, then global store design at Tiffany & Co. The intimacy of interior design attracted us to gravitate more and more towards it.
Q: How did you start up your career?
A: Lim + Lu started as a hobby while we were still working full time at architecture firms in New York. After showing at ICFF New York with some furniture prototypes, we got overwhelming feedback and decided to move to Hong Kong to start Lim + Lu full time the next year.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
A: Our inspiration comes from everything we see around us. Travels, ordinary objects.
Q: Can you tell us about a significant accomplishment or project that you regard as notable?
A: It’s hard to choose. Our Happy valley apartment is a very personal project for us and embodies our design principles. The Mass series captured international attention and we were approached by a notable Danish brand to launch a collaboration early 2018.
Q: Where would you like to see your company in 5 years from now?
A: Continuing to do what we love in a much wider range of scales, from hotels to products.
Q: What project(s) are you working on at the moment?
A: Brand collaborations, private residences, a tea house, a furniture show room, ceramic and marble products.
Q: How do you think an Interior Designer should dress?
A: Whatever that makes you feel like yourself.
Q: If you could design anything, what would it be?
A: A public project that has a lasting impact for the majority of the population.
Q: What type of restaurant would you choose to go to for dinner?
A: Anything delicious.
Q: Can you give us a statement about Design
A: Design is everyday living. You may not notice good design around you as it seems natural, but you will definitely notice bad design.
Q: If you could describe your designs related to food, what would it be and why?
A: Refreshing with an element of surprise.
Q: What do you think of the design trends in the future?
A: Colour is a big trend that we think will continue to take people by surprise.
Q: Who is your favourite Designer and why?
A: Too many to name.
Q: In which country would you like to have your project in?
A: Somewhere remote that your project will sort of become the first thing that comes to mind when people think of that place. Somewhere people will travel to in order to visit the project. A good example is Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals.
Q: What element of a design is the most important thing to you?
A: Flexibility and an interesting concept.
Q: What is your favourite cocktail?
A: My favourite cocktail is served at the Flatiron Room in New York City. It’s called 37 West 26th – scotch infused with fig, Drambuie, Peychaud’s Bitters