Fu-Tung Cheng

Speech Topics:
Nurturing the Gift of Creativity
Timeless Design
Balancing Luxury and Conscience
Craftsmanship and Honest Design
Commercial and Residential Design
Eastern-influenced Kitchen and Bath Design
Designing with Concrete
Trends in Kitchen Design

Fu-Tung Cheng is one of today’s foremost thinkers in the field of product design. Leading manufacturers worldwide—from Whirlpool and Kohler to Elkay and Sakrete—regularly call on him to collaborate on the creation of cutting edge products and concepts. His design work also includes commercial and retail store design, new custom homes, and home renovations.

As a best-selling author and inspirational speaker, Cheng lectures around the globe and speaks on the importance of timeless design, balancing luxury and conscience, and how craftsmanship and function inform design. Cheng’s keynotes and motivational talks have been sought out by leading trade organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the International Builders Show, and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Cheng is the recipient of more than 20 awards for his leadership, creativity and innovation including the 1998 Architectural Record “Record Houses” award, a Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Award, an International Interior Designers Association award for commercial design, a Sunset magazine/AIA Western Home Award, an ASID Interior Design Specialty Award and a Sub-Zero Kitchen Design Competition. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and named one of the top 50 most influential figures in 50 years by Kitchen & Bath Business magazine.

He has been featured in national broadcast and print media such as CNN, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, and Fortune Small Business. His work has been featured in dozens of design books including the bestselling Not So Big House series by Sarah Susanka.

Cheng heads three companies in Berkeley, Calif.: Cheng Design, Cheng Products and Cheng Concrete. He is the author of three books published by the Taunton Press, which combined have sold half a million copies. His latest book Concrete Countertops Made Simple has been hailed by the media for bringing high design to a mass audience. Cheng was born and raised in Los Angeles among a family of artists. He 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 Kempo (in which he later earned a second-degree black belt), he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1971. Soon afterward, he began his lifelong practice of T’ai Chi. He currently teaches at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

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