Wednesday 23rd May 2012: Condé Nast Traveller is delighted to announce the winners of its
sixth annual Innovation and Design Awards, held in association with JW Marriott at a special
ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, hosted by the Editor Sarah
Joint winners, Vivienne Westwood for her fundraising campaign Cool Earth – No Fun Being
Extinct which engages with indigenous communities to invest in forestry management
schemes; together with Helen Storey MBE and Tony Ryan OBE for Catalytic Clothing – a
radical concept which endeavors to purify the air we breathe through the surface of our
Presented by Christina Robert, Founder of Bright Green Pictures and freelance journalist.
British - based architect David Adjaye won this award for Genesis Pavillion, Miami; a
temporary triangular structure of timber blocks, punctured by a central hollow which
allowed visitors to see framed views of the surroundings and sky.
An honourable mention was also given to ‘Perspectives’ for Swarovski Crystal Palace, St
Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Presented by Sebastian Conran, acclaimed industrial designer and head of Sebastian Conran
COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY
The iPad 2, Apple’s 8.8mm-thick tablet and the latest iPhone 4S jointly won in this category
with the award collected by Adam Howorth on behalf of Sir Jonathan Ive. The iPad 2 is
thinner and lighter than the original and now includes two cameras, whilst the iPhone 4S
includes a camera with HD resolution video recording and Siri, an intelligent assistant.
Samsung Galaxy SII phone was also given an honourable mention.
Presented by Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com and chairman of Made.com.
Joint winners Australian Bill Granger for Granger & co, this casual all-day dining space based
on Bill’s café in Sydney but with more Asian dishes on the menu; and the Delaunay, the new
hugely successful sister to the Wolseley, presented to Jeremy King.
Presented by Loyd Grossman, renowned food lover, chairman of the Churches Conservation
Trust and chairman of the Heritage Alliance.
Living Architecture’s temporary building A Room for London, Southbank created to
celebrate the Olympic year, won in this category. Alain de Botton collected the award for
this one-bedroom boat perched on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank
centre which was designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner.
Presented by Justin McGuirk Design Critic for the Guardian and publishing director of the
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.
Presented to Mike Taylor and Chris Bannister at Hopkins Architects for the London 2012
Velodrome. This elegant structure stands towards the northern end of the Olympic site and
was designed to ‘cling’ as closely as possible to the track. It is set on a slight mound with a
Pringle – crisp shaped roof atop its cedar façade.
Presented by Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Minister for London; Shadow Minister for the
STYLE ON THE MOVE
Designed by award winning duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the London 2012 Olympic
Torch won in this category. The 800g laser-cut, gold coloured aluminum torch has 8,000
perforations, representing the 8,000 people who will carry it on its 70-day journey around
Presented by Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Minister for London; Shadow Minister for the
Joint winners Ferrari Tailor – Made, the first bepoke service for Ferrari clients who want to
design the look of their own car; and Fiat 500 by Gucci; a special edition of the iconic Fiat
500, originated by Lapo Elkann and designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in
collaboration with Fiat’s Centro Stile. Both awards were collected by Lapo Elkann.
Presented by Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art.
Passing Cloud, by New York architect Tiago Barros, is a design created from strong yet
flexible inflatable balloons and - were it to be built – would be powered by predominant
winds, so the journey with no fixed arrival or destination becomes the point. Passengers
would sit on the balloons but because they are moving with the wind wouldn’t get blown
Hong Kong Airlines All Club Class Jet daily service to London was also given an honourable
Presented by Andrew Nahum, Senior Curator at London’s Science Museum and author.
Christian Louboutin collected this award for Christian Louboutin men’s boutique, Paris; his
first men’s shoe shop designed by Eric Clough, with studded leather floors and embroided
Thomas Heatherwick at Pacific Place, Hong Kong and Ilse Crawford at Sergio Rossi,Rome
were also given honourable mentions.
Presented by India Hicks, model, designer and author.
HOTEL OF THE FUTURE
All four designers commissioned by Conde Nast Traveller magazine; Daniel Weil of
Pentagram Design, Ab Rogers Design, Bill Amberg and ReardonSmith Architects are
recognized for their outstanding concepts. The Way you Sleep by Daniel Weil will enable
you to link your hotel experience with the way you sleep at home, adding a new dimension
to your hotel comfort; Shower by Ab Rogers Design is a circular, translucent glazed
expressed shower that allows you to have a refreshing shower whilst bathed in sunlight; Bill
Amberg’s space saving desk Writing Desk, combines the busy traveller’s need for a simple
table and work station in their hotel room; whilst Pedro by ReardonSmith Architects
converts windowless bedrooms into the setting of your choice with video images, sounds
Presented by Mitzi Gaskins, VP & Global Brand Manager, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts at
Marriott International. Mitzi comments: “On behalf of JW Marriott Hotels, we are thrilled to
present the Hotel of the Future – this year’s new coveted award. We are firm believers in
creating memorable experiences for travellers worldwide, and all the nominees in this
category have championed innovative concepts to really enhance a guest's hotel stay,
whether for work or leisure. Congratulations to all!”
For further details of the Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards 2012 in
association with JW Marriott or to arranged an interview, please contact Nicky Eaton or
Melody Rayner in the Condé Nast Press Office on 020 7152 3377/3388 or by email to
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Condé Nast Traveller Design & Innovation Awards:
An expert panel of judges compiled a shortlist of outstanding recent designs across the ten
categories which were revealed in a special supplement with the May 2012 issue of Condé
Nast Traveller and online at www.cntraveller.com. The magazine’s global readership was
then invited to vote for its choice of winner online. This year Condé Nast Traveller also asked
four leading designers to come up with a concept which would make the experience of
staying in a hotel better by design, for the new Hotel of the Future Award.
The 2012 judging panel comprises:
Nicola Bellamy Director of Projects Art Consultancy; Sebastian Conran acclaimed industrial
designer and head of Sebastian Conran Associates; Michael Booth author and contributor to
Condé Nast Traveller; Sir Nicholas Serota Director of TATE; Loyd Grossman renowned food
lover, chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and chairman of the Heritage Alliance;
John Thackara writer, speaker and green festival producer; Fiona Lintott Condé Nast
Traveller’s Fashion & Beauty Director; David Rowan Editor of WIRED UK; Justin McGuirk
Design Critic for the Guardian and publishing director of the Strelka Institute for Media,
Architecture and Design in Moscow; Simon Calder Condé Nast Traveller contributing editor;
Brent Hoberman co-founder of Lastminute.com and chairman of Made.com; Andrew
Nahum Senior Curator at London’s Science Museum and author; Rowan Moore architecture
critic of the Observer; Paul Thompson Rector of the Royal College of Art; Jason Barlow
motoring journalist; Peter Hall transport and travel journalist and Editor of the AA magazine;
Christina Robert Founder of Bright Green Pictures and freelance journalist, Ricky Burdett
Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities at the LSE; Chris Goodall author and
journalist and Sarah Miller, Editor of Condé Nast Traveller.
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