Pantone Hotel, Ashmolean Museum, iPad Among Travel + Leisure Design Award Winners


From left, interior views of the Pantone Hotel and the newly transformed Ashmolean

Before planning your next trip, be sure to review the new crop of Travel + Leisure Design Award winners. Announced this week and appearing in the magazine’s March issue, the 2011 winners range from a far-flung dining destination (Table No. 1 in Shanghai, designed by Neri & Hu) to the ultimate in travel-friendly apparel (Patagonia’s M10 Jacket and Ultralight Down Shirt). Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including the Pantone Hotel in Brussels, the Yves Behar-designed Jawbone Jambox, and, of course, the iPad. Rick Mather‘s extraordinary expansion of the Ashmolean, the oldest public museum in the United Kingdom, got the nod for Best Museum, while Herzog & de Meuron’s 11 11 Lincoln Road won for Best Mixed-Use Venue. And right down the road from the parking lot-cum-retail hub is the pride and joy of this year’s Design Champion, ubercollector Micky Wolfson, who joins past honorees such as André Balazs and Amanda Burden. Tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” in 16 categories was a jury that included fashion designer Norma Kamali, IDEO partner Fred Dust, crystals magnate Nadja Swarovski, and David Childs, chairman emeritus of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Keep reading for the full list of winners.

Travel + Leisure 2011 Design Award Winners
BEST LARGE HOTEL: Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi
BEST SMALL HOTEL: Pantone Hotel, Brussels
BEST RESORT: Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
BEST MUSEUM: Ashmolean, Oxford, England
BEST MIXED-USE VENUE: 11 11 Lincoln Road, Miami
BEST CAR: Nissan Leaf
BEST TRANSPORTATION: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic Studios, Norwegian Epic
BEST RESTAURANT: Table No. 1, Shanghai
BEST RETAIL SPACE: FreeCity Supershop Supermät, Los Angeles
BEST LUGGAGE: Tumi Vapor Collection
BEST GADGET: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Noise-Isolating Headphones
BEST GEAR: Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern
BEST TECHNOLOGY: Apple iPad
BEST TECH ACCESSORY: Jambox Portable Speaker by Jawbone
BEST BAG: Urban Mobility Backpack by PUMA with designer Hussein Chalayan
BEST TRAVEL CLOTHING: Patagonia M10 Jacket and Ultralight Down Shirt
DESIGN CHAMPION: Micky Wolfson, founder of the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami Beach, Florida