Travel + Leisure Announces 2013 Design Award Winners

Thomas Heatherwick’s London bus, the expanded Städel Museum, and the Pentax Q10 are among the winners of the Travel + Leisure 2013 Design Awards.

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. The winners, announced today, range from Schneider & Schumacher’s souped-up Städel (Best Museum) and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park first imagined in the early 1970s by Louis Kahn (Best Public Space) to Weimar-era glam Pauly-Saal in Berlin (Best Restaurant) and Götti Switzerland sunglasses that fold flat (Best Travel Accessory). Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including Thomas Heatherwick‘s diesel-hybrid London bus (Best Transporation) and the Microsoft Surface (Best Tablet). Meanwhile, 2013 T+L Design Champion Rolf Fehlbaum, the literal and figurative chairman of Vitra, joins past honorees such as ubercollector Micky Wolfson, André Balazs, and Amanda Burden. Tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” in 22 categories was a jury moderated by Chee Pearlman that included interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, creative director Stephen Doyle, and architect Deborah Berke. Keep reading for the full list of winners.

Travel + Leisure 2013 Design Award Winners
BEST HOTEL, 100 OR MORE ROOMS: Palace Hotel Tokyo
BEST HOTEL, FEWER THAN 100 ROOMS: Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn
BEST RESORT: Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile
BEST MUSEUM: Städel Museum Frankfurt
BEST PUBLIC SPACE: Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York City
BEST PERFORMANCE SPACE: Music School of Louviers, Louviers, France
BEST RESTAURANT: Pauly-Saal, Berlin
BEST SPA: Les Bains de Léa Nuxe Spa, Bordeaux, France
BEST RETAIL SPACE: Sweet Alchemy by Stelios Parliaros, Athens
BEST LUGGAGE: Porsche Design leather trolley
BEST TRAVEL BAG: Dror for Tumi convertible nylon backpack
BEST TRAVEL ACCESSORY: Götti Switzerland fold-flat sunglasses
BEST ADVENTURE GEAR: BioLite CampStove and charger
BEST TABLET: Microsoft Surface
BEST SPEAKERS: X-Mini KAI Capsule Speakers
BEST TRAVEL SHOES: Casbia for Edmundo Castillo woven pull-on sneakers
BEST TRAVEL BEAUTY PRODUCT: Tara Walker’s Dream skin-care travel tubes
BEST WATCH: Timex Weekender Slip Thru with changeable strap
BEST MEN’S TRAVEL CLOTHING: Luigi Bianchi Mantova lightweight field jacket
BEST WOMEN’S TRAVEL CLOTHING: Terra New York polyurethane trench