APSDA 2023 Gala Celebrates Interior Design Excellence in Asia-Pacific

November 8, 2023

The APSDA Awards Gala Dinner 2023, a prestigious biennial event celebrating the elites of the interior design profession in the Asia Pacific region, took centre stage at the KLCC Convention Centre on October 28, 2023. The evening brought together elite personalities and showcased the finest projects that epitomise excellence and innovation in interior design. It is a milestone achievement for any Interior Designers to be recognised and their projects to be showcased internationally.

The APSDA Awards, organised by the Asia-Pacific Space Designers Association (APSDA), recognises the outstanding contributions and achievements of designers, architects, and design firms in the field of interior design. The Gala Dinner serves as a platform for these creative visionaries to shine and for the broader community to celebrate their work.



The goals of the awards consist of three main objectives:

  • Recognising and honouring the most distinguished interior architects / designers in Asia Pacific on a biennial basis;

  • Showcasing the best of Asia Pacific’s Designed Spaces;

  • Promoting professional standards among the interior design practice

During the award ceremony, the spotlight was on remarkable individuals and projects that have redefined the boundaries of interior design honouring those whose boundless creativity, unwavering commitment, and extensive experience have driven unparalleled success in today’s challenging creative climate. The winners and their projects demonstrated a profound commitment to innovation and creativity.

The Award is divided into 2 categories, consisting of the “Project of the Year” and the “Personality of the Year” .

Project of the Year: This category seeks exceptional works that stand as testaments to originality, functionality, spatial planning, and aesthetics. APSDA Awards 2023 celebrates projects that push the boundaries of imagination, while seamlessly integrating practicality and innovation. These exceptional creations captivate the senses, making a lasting impact on those who experience them.

Personality of the Year: Celebrating inspirational leadership, industry recognition, and influence, APSDA Awards 2023 recognises visionaries who have left an indelible mark on the design community. Their outstanding contributions have garnered widespread acclaim and propelled positive changes within the industry. Additionally, acknowledging their commitment to maintaining the highest quality of content, inspiring others to reach new heights of creativity and professionalism.

Both main categories have sub-categories to further cover various talent sections within the specific category. Sub-categories for ‘Project of the Year’ include Entertainment & Leisure, Exhibition, Food & Beverage, Hospitality, Workspace, Public, Residential and Retail. Sub-categories for ‘Personality of the Year’ include Designer, Young Designer, Design Educator and Design Journalist.


Entertainment & Leisure

  • Gold – White Mountain Club House by Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Silver – Humansa by Panorama Design Group, Hong Kong
  • Bronze – Neobio Museum by KR+D, Singapore
  • Honorary Mention – The Pebble Clubhouse by Chat Fires Design Studio, Philippines 


  • Gold – Louis Vuitton Savoir Faire by Kezia Karin Studio, Indonesia
  • Silver – Denton & Cosentino Pavilionby Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Bronze – Power 8 Lighting Showroom by SANJ DESIGN STUDIO, China
  • Honorary Mention – Weaving the Pictures at Bumrungnukulkit by Process Interior Planner Co., LTD., Thailand
  • Honorary Mention – Color of the Wind by Sol Style, Japan



Food & Beverage 

  • Gold – Birch Forest by Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Silver – Y-Club by San Design Studio, China 
  • Bronze – Zero – The Restaurant by Studio A + S, India 
  • Honorary Mention – Vintage Asia by Shruto Gupta and Associates, India 
  • Honorary Mention – Etoile at EQ by Blu Water Design San Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Mahanakhon Eatery by Interior Architect 49, Thailand
  • Honorary Mention – SẾP by Panorama Design Group, Hong Kong


  • Gold – 柏乐朗酒店 Paralloge Hotel by Guangzhou Unearth Decoration Design Co., Ltd., China
  • Silver – The Apurvi, Kempinski by Trivium Design Group, Indonesia
  • Bronze – Amari Kuala Lumpur by Blu Water Design Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang by Blu Water Design Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Amari Spice Penang by Blu Water Design Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Grande Centre Point Space Pattaya by Interior Visions, Thailand




  • Gold – Forkid’s Club by Panorama Design Group, Hong Kong 
  • Silver – Dancing Ribbon by Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Bronze – SkyMeridian Residence by Chi Design Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Stonyhurst International School Penang by Innovative Space Dimension Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Runxi Towers by Mason Studio, Canada


  • Silver – Sleek Splendour by Box Design Studio, Malaysia
  • Bronze – A Private Residential – Jakarta Indonesia by Kezia Karin Studio, Indonesia 
  • Honorary Mention – Jonetsu – A Hillside Home with A View of Andaman Sea by Innerbelle Design, Malaysia 
  • Honorary Mention – The Element by Box Design Studio, Malaysia


  • Gold – Reading MI by Panorama Design Group, Hong Kong
  • Silver – Grid by Spark, Singapore
  • Bronze – GELÉE DE FRUITS by Phenomena, Japan 
  • Honorary Mention –Waltz “The Galleria” by Dot Line Place Company Limited, Thailand
  • Honorary Mention – Setia City Mall Phase 2 by Blu Water Design Sdn Bhd, Malaysia 




  • Gold – Stream Office by Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Silver – Guohua Financial Center by Kris Lin International Design, China
  • Bronze – Solo Work by PBM, Thailand
  • Honorary Mention – 49 Hub Warehouse 116_IA49 Head Office by Interior Architects 49, Thailand 
  • Honorary Mention – The Suave, Hannover RE by Box Design Studio, Malaysia
  • Honorary Mention – Ignite by Ondemand by Paperspace (Thailand) Co, Ltd., Thailand 



Personality of the Year

  • Designer of the Year – Horace Pan from Panorama Design Group, Hong Kong 
  • Young Designer of the Year – Kezia Karin from Kezia Karin Studio, Indonesia 
  • Design Educator of the Year – Nuttinee Karnchanaporn, Ph.D., SFHEA from School of Architecture and Design King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand 
  • Design Journalist of the Year – Peggy Lui from Merci Magazine, Hong Kong 



The judging team comprised of distinguished design practitioners and educators from Asia and beyond. Serving as chief judge was Prof. Keat Ong from Singapore. Judges for Project of the Year included: Desmond Freeman from Australia; Lyndon Neri from Shanghai, China; Dean D’Cruz from India; Diana Nazir from Indonesia; Daisuke Nagatomo from Japan; Koji Sakai from Japan; Makoto Tanijiri from Japan; Jooyun Kim from South Korea; Carlos Marreiros from Macao; IDr Mohamad Faisal Bin Ghazali from Malaysia; IDr Ooi Boon Seong from Malaysia; Peter Tay from Singapore; Steve Leung from Hong Kong; Curtis Kung from TaiwanCurtis Kung from Taiwan; and Mesa Nopakun from Thailand. Judges for Personality of the Year Judges included: Wesley Liu from Hong Kong; Ar. Jabeen Zacharias from India; Rohadi Sumardi from Indonesia; Hiroyuki Niwa from Japan; Hyunie Cho from South Korea; Fu Jun from Macao; Ar. IDr Chris Yap Seng Chye from Malaysia; IDr Leong Ta Wah from Malaysia; Bindra Kachhapati Pradhan from Nepal; IDr Lilia De Jesus from Philippine; Emil Chao from Taiwan; Montip Lynn Assoratgoon from Thailand; and Vachira Thanmathikom from Thailand.

APSDA Awards Gala Dinner 2023 was supported by Gold Sponsors, Genteel Home and Jiangsu Pivot New Decorative Materials Co., Ltd. Other sponsors included Bespoke Interior Builder, Armarior; Luxx NewHouse, as well as Phillip Jeffries, and Aoyama Design Forum.

Professor Keat Ong’s opening remarks emphasised APSDA’s standing as the premier platform for recognising outstanding achievements in the Asia-Pacific Region. He underscored the significance of this platform by expressing his gratitude to the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) for hosting the Awards launch in Manila this past April, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in bringing this prestigious event to fruition.

Moreover, Professor Ong acknowledged the essential role played by the distinguished jury members who dedicated their time and expertise to carefully evaluate the submissions. Their collective wisdom and experience, drawn from different countries, played a crucial part in upholding the high standards of these awards.



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