The best travel design has to be the perfect combination of appearance, functionality, durability and simplicity. Recognising the stalwarts of travel design year after year has been the Travel + Leisure Design Awards. A panel of qualified jurors selects the winners in various categories.
This year, The Yas Hotel of Abu Dhabi set partially on land and partially on water picked up the award for Best Large Hotel while the Pantone Hotel in Brussels has been named the Best Small Hotel. Winning the award for Best Resort is Amangiri in Utah’s Canyon Point region. Situated in the midst of a rocky wilderness, this resort blends in with the landscape.
As far as tourist attractions go, England’s oldest public museum, The Ashmolean, picked up the award for best museum. Winning the prize for Best Mixed-Use Venue is a stylish parking garage on 11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami, which doubles up as a venue for events. Meanwhile, foodies could head to Table No. 1 in Shanghai, which has been selected as the Best Restaurant. And shopaholics can head to the FreeCity Supershop Supermat in LA as this has been adjudged the Best Retail Space.
The Best Car award goes to Nissan’s LEAF, the Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car. Solo-travellers in the meanwhile can sail away on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic Studios.
Of course, what’s travelling without luggage and the right clothes? The Best Luggage award goes to Tumi’s new Vapor Collection while PUMA’s Urban Mobility Backpack with designer Hussein Chalayan wins for Best Bag. The Patagonia M10 Jacket and Ultralight Down Shirt jointly win the honours for Best Travel Clothing.
And who can forget the tech factor in modern travel? Winning the prize for Best Gadget is Bowers & Wilkins P5 Noise-Isolating Headphones. The SnowPeak Hozuki Lantern wins for Best Gear – it is the perfect lighting solution for camping trips. Finally, the Apple iPad grabs the Best Technology award and the Jambox Portable Speaker by Jawbone picks up the title of Best Tech Accessory.
This year, the panel included David Childs, chairman emeritus, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill; Paulette Cole, CEO and creative director, ABC Carpet & Home; Fred Dust, partner, IDEO; fashion designer Norma Kamali; Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group; Nadja Swarovski, creative director, Swarovski Crystal and Henry Urbach, curator of architecture and design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Playing jury moderator was Chee Pearlman, Consulting Design Editor of T+L. The seventh annual awards ceremony will be held at Miami’s News World Centre on 23 February.