January 2000 — Present
Tommy Zung had the privilege of growing up in the company of some of the world’s great architects and thinkers. His father, Thomas T.K. Zung, was an associate and friend of the visionary R. Buckminster Fuller, as well as having worked with architectural luminaries,Eero Saarinen and Edward Durell Stone. Being around uncompromising, accomplished artists and architects has informed and inspired Tommy Zung in every aspect of his work and personal life, forming a comprehensive approach that integrates design, culture and environmental sustainability.
Zung’s multidisciplinary approach began with his early studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management, an extremely useful background that eventually lead to Zung becoming a key collaborator and assistant general manager of the celebrated Moomba Restaurant & Lounge in NYC. Zung’s experience in hospitality has added an extra layer of design competence, which he infuses into his projects.
Not content with one area of design, Zung established his own clothing label and street-wear line that sold to over 300 accounts internationally. The label received recognition from every major fashion publication including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Uomo Vogue, GQ, and I.D., as well as successful runway shows in the tents with 7th on Sixth. In addition, Zung has designed and created clothing labels for Mitsubishi Corporation and Seibu.
In 2000, he started his first architectural firm, Zung Design, where his modern lifestyle aesthetic went into creating some of the most stylish homes and restaurants in NYC and The Hamptons.
Taking the design principals and environmental integrity of Buckminster Fuller even further, he established STUDIO ZUNG in 2013, a multidisciplinary architectural design and branding firm that harnesses Zung’s hands-on experience from his various successful creative and business ventures. His architectural work focuses on boutique contemporary design, blending elements from the natural world with a unified narrative approach.