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Five key projects by Hong Kong interior designer and Dezeen Awards China judge André Fu

Hong Kong interior designer André Fu has joined Dezeen Awards China 2023 as a judge. Here he selects five projects that best reflect his work.

Submit your project before the entry deadline at midnight Beijing time this Thursday 24 August for your chance to win.

Known for his hospitality design globally, Fu described his work as "crossing cultures that bridge the East and West".

"My work is known for its sense of relaxed luxury and modernity," he told Dezeen.

Currently, Fu is working on a signature penthouse for the Claridge's in London, as well as Waldorf Astoria Osaka and Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok.

André Fu among Dezeen Awards China 2023 judges

Dezeen Awards China 2023 launched earlier this year in partnership with Bentley Motors. It is the first regional edition of Dezeen Awards, celebrating the best architecture, interiors and design in China.

The latest judges to be announced include architect Garett Hwang from UNStudio, Dutch designer Carole Baijings, founder of international architecture studio X+Living Xiang Li and interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who will be joining Fu on the interior judging panel.

The deadline is tomorrow Thursday 24 August. Submit your entry before midnight Beijing time to avoid late entry fees.

Read on to find Fu's views on the five projects that best represent his work:

The Upper House, Hong Kong

"The intention was to create a small intimate hotel reminiscent of a private residence.

"Natural materials, original sculpture installations and seamlessly proportioned spaces are integrated to create a sophisticated and modern 'Asian-influenced' residence set against Hong Kong's bustling urban cityscape."

Ribbon Dance chair

"A sculptural furniture creation that encourages interaction, the design for Ribbon Dance is a part of Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades's collection. It was inspired by the movement of a dancing ribbon.

"Its two seats float between the fluid curves of wooden arms lined with artisan leather. The chair's dynamic, swooping form evokes the idea of infinity while creating an intimate space for conversation."

Hotel The Mitsui, Kyoto

"Embracing Japan's beauty and Kyoto's heritage, Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto was built on the site of the original residence of the Kitake – the executive branch of the Mitsui family, and directly faces Nijō-jo Castle in the city centre.

"I drew inspiration for the project from the three words 'authentic, mystical and artisanal'. My aim was to preserve a sense of heritage, whilst overlaying it with a contemporary interpretation of Kyoto's history."

Villa La Coste, Aix en Provence

"Set against the Luberon mountains, Château La Coste is an organic winery where visitors can also explore an exceptional art and architecture trail.

"Inspired by the true artisanal spirit of the vineyard as well as the breathtaking artistic vision of the chateau, I was commissioned to create key destinations within the hotel, including the salon, the bar, the library and the spa.

"The experience was designed to mirror the sense of being in a private collector's maison."

Claridge's hotel, London

"Situated three floors down, Claridge's Spa features a swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna and seven treatment rooms.

"Set in an Art Deco building, the spa has been designed to evoke the spirituality of the East and promote personal wellness."

All images are courtesy of André Fu.

Dezeen Awards China 2023

Dezeen Awards China is the first regional edition of Dezeen Awards, to celebrate the best architecture, interiors and design in China. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.