Fiat 500, Freitag Store, Tel Aviv Museum of Art Among Travel + Leisure Design Award Winners

Before planning your next trip, be sure to review the newly crowned winners of the Travel + Leisure Design Awards, which will be featured in the magazine’s March issue (on newsstands next Friday). The 2012 winners range from the Zaha Hadid-designed Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi to the ultimate in travel-friendly apparel (the 1964 by Scott James blazer and Issey Miyake‘s eminently packable origami folding clothing). Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including the city-friendly Fiat 500 (best car) and Leica’s drool-worthy D-Lux 5 Titanium Set (best camera). Preston Scott Cohen‘s smart and sculptural Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art got the nod for best museum (edging out the Brad Cloepfil-designed Clyfford Still Museum, alas), and two NYC destinations—Jane’s Carousel Pavilion in Brooklyn and the Freitag Store—won for best public space and best retail space, respectively. Meanwhile, 2012 T+L Design Champion H.E. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, the driving force behind Abu Dhabi’s transformation and evolution as a cultural and design capital, joins past honorees such as ubercollector Micky Wolfson, André Balazs, and Amanda Burden. Tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” in 20 categories was a jury moderated by Chee Pearlman that included architect Billie Tsien, fashion designer Derek Lam, High Line pioneer Robert Hammond, and artist Michele Oka Doner. Keep reading for the full list of winners.

Travel + Leisure 2012 Design Award Winners
BEST LARGE HOTEL: 25hours Hotel HafenCity (Hamburg, Germany)
BEST SMALL HOTEL: Endémico Resguardo Silvestre (Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico)
BEST MUSEUM: Herta & Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
BEST PUBLIC SPACE: Jane’s Carousel Pavilion (Brooklyn, New York)
BEST PERFORMANCE SPACE: Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall & Conference Center (Reykjavík, Iceland)
BEST CAR: Fiat 500
BEST TRANSPORTATION: Air New Zealand SkyCouch Family Experience
BEST RESTAURANT: Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx and Restaurant Camélia at Mandarin Oriental (Paris)
BEST SPA: Espa at Istanbul Edition
BEST RETAIL SPACE: Freitag Store (New York City)
BEST BRIDGE: Sheikh Zayed Bridge (Abu Dhabi)
BEST LUGGAGE: Fendi & Maserati Luggage Collection
BEST PERSONAL GADGET: Zipbuds
BEST TRAVEL ACCESSORY: Grace Carter zip-on rain boot
BEST OUTDOOR ACCESSORY: Neue Galerie’s R. Horn Viennese Picnic Set
BEST TECH ACCESSORY: Joby GorillaPod Micro 250 tripod
BEST CAMERA: Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Set
BEST MEN’S TRAVEL FASHION: 1964 by Scott James blazer
BEST WOMEN’S TRAVEL FASHION: Issey Miyake origami folding clothing
DESIGN CHAMPION: H.E. Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and the Tourism Development and Investment Company