16 categories of travel, leisure, fun, shopping, and fashion - all judged and summed up leaving just one winner per category. This year's Travel & Leisure Design Awards
yielded some surprise winners, but that is to be expected from the eclectic mix of judges ranging fashion designer and artists, to architects and restaurateurs. Available in the March issue of the magazine, the results are also posted on their website (link above).
I attended the award event here in San Francisco recently where the magazine's principals were able to discuss the publication's new designs awards tradition. The venue was perfect, being located at the still new California Academy of Sciences Museum
- a worthy design award winner itself.
Categories ranged from the usual fare such as best large hotel (winner was Motel 6 - yes that motel 6, apparently they have upped their game) and automobile (Ford Fusion Hybrid), but also has some interesting categories such as best retail space (Derek Lam in New York City) and best transportation (the ritzy first class cabin suites aboard Swiss International Airlines).