The Cheng Design team includes architects, designers, craftspeople and fabricators, while professional support staff provides the solid foundation for a vigorous, creative environment and a thriving business.
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Fu-Tung Cheng, born in Los Angeles in 1948, grew up in Van Nuys, California among a family of artists. His mother was an accomplished color artist at the Walt Disney Studios. The youngest of five boys, Fu-Tung and three of his brothers all found life-long passions in the arts.
Fu-Tung attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where in 1968 he won a junior-year abroad scholarship to Japan. After a year of studying Buddhism, Japanese culture and the martial art of Shorinji Kenpo (in which he now holds a second-degree black belt), he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1971. Soon afterward, Fu-Tung began his lifelong practice of T'ai Chi; he currently teaches at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.
In 1975, Fu-Tung purchased his home in Albany, just north of Berkeley and began a 25-year-long "experimental renovation" that continues to define and inform his hands-on, timeless green design. Fu-Tung's early experiments included crafting his first-ever concrete countertop (14-foot single-cast piece) and applying Japanese joinery with recycled timbers, recycled gymnasium flooring and salvaged steel-frame windows.