Travel + Leisure Announces 2009 Design Award Winners

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Back in October when the judging panel was announced for Travel + Leisure‘s 2009 Design Awards, we made a solemn promise to you, dear readers, that we would return once the winners were announced. And here we are. Judged by an esteemed panel that included Calvin Klein and Michael Bierut, it’s an interesting collection of design-y things, from Best Museum (Spain’s Caixaforum Madrid with its “self-contained wit”) to the Best Public Space (New York’s TKTS Booth for “inventing public space where there was none before”). Perhaps most surprising is the selection for Best Travel Fashion: Norma Kamali‘s Trench Coat, which she designed for Wal-Mart and retails for $30 (and which beat out the honorable mention of Kosuke Tsumura‘s $795 “The Final Home Jacket“). The reason for the selection isn’t available online, so we’ll just have to wait for T+L‘s March issue to be released to find out. We’re also eager to hear more about the inclusion of Zaha Hadid‘s work for Melissa Shoes, which took home Best Travel Accessory.