On the road? You don't have to give up on good design

Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:55am EST
 
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Travelers need not leave their aesthetic sensibilities behind during their journey, with website Travel+Leisure listing the world's top examples of design and architecture that are especially appealing on the road.

The website's (www.travelandleisure.com) 2010 Design Awards were judged by a panel that included fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, designer Terence Conran, restaurateur Jean-Michel Gathy and architect Holly Hotchner.

Winners included U.S. hotel chain Motel 6, Swiss International Airlines' first class suites, the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway and the Nokia N900 mobile computer.

"Some of this year's winners may seem a bit surprising -- a budget hospitality chain in the best large hotel slot, a glass-enclosed room in Paris with a long table claiming top honors in the restaurant category," Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod said in a statement.

"The point is, though, that these and other projects and products recognized make travel more accessible and more irresistible."

Mondrian in South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, was judged as having the best spa while La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco was the voted as the best resort. Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany won the award for the best museum while Zegna Sport's ecotech solar jacket was judged as the best travel fashion item.

(Writing by Miral Fahmy, editing by Jeremy Laurence)