W Hotels Designers of the Future
at Design Miami/Basel 2011

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W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Design Miami/Basel 2011: here are some images of installations at Design Miami/Basel by this year’s W Hotels Designers of the Future award winners Studio Juju, Asif Khan and mischer'traxler.

W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Above: In the Clouds by Asif Khan

London designer Asif Khan created floating clouds of foaming bubbles by filling soap suds with helium and forcing them through fishing nets.

W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Above: Dyadic Conversations by mischer'traxler

Thomas Traxler and Katharina Mischer of mischer'traxler present mirrors that only work when more than one person is standing in front of them, alongside their Relumine lights (see our earlier story).

W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Above and top: Juju Has Us Talking by Studio Juju

Singapore designers Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui of Studio Juju have created a meeting place with flexible metal strips that frame little blue chairs.

W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Above: In the Clouds by Asif Khan

Design Miami/Basel continues until 18 June.

W Hotels Designers of the Future at Design Miami/Basel 2011

Above: Dyadic Conversations by mischer'traxler

See last year's W Hotels Designers of the Future installations here.

Here are details from Design Miami/Basel:


W HOTELS 2011 DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE REVEAL INNOVATIVE WORKS AT DESIGN MIAMI/ BASEL

Winners of the Coveted Award Display Their “Conversation Pieces” at the Global Forum for Design

Continuing its dedication and passion for innovation in design, W Hotels Worldwide today unveiled the works of the 2011 W Hotels Designers of the Future award winners during Design Miami/ Basel.  Now in its second year, the successful alliance between W Hotels and Design Miami/ seeks to expand the benefits that the award brings to the winners, giving the emerging designers a global platform on which to showcase their work.

“W Hotels DNA stems from innovative design and we are always looking toward the future at what is new and next,” says Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Design Miami/ and celebrate these three forward-thinking design studios as they present their work to the world.”

The 2011 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award looks beyond traditional product and furniture design, seeking work that is truly groundbreaking and innovative.  This year, the recognized designers were commissioned to draw inspiration from “Conversation Pieces,” a theme provided to the design candidates by Design Miami/ Basel and W Hotels.

The 2011 W Hotels Designers of the Future Awards winners were announced during Salone del Mobile in Milan and include:

  • Asif Khan
  • Mischer’Traxler - Thomas Traxler & Katharina Mischer
  • Studio Juju - Timo Wong & Priscilla Lui

These three winners were chosen by a selection committee comprising of Wava Carpenter, Associate Director, Design Miami/; Aric Chen, Beijing Design Week; Li Edelkoort, Edelkoort Inc.; Marcus Fairs, Editor-in-Chief, Dezeen.com; Alexis Georgacopoulos, Director of the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne; Constance Rubini, School of Decorative Arts, Paris; Kenya Hara, Creative Director, Muji; Konstantin Grcic, KGID; Zoe Ryan, Art Institute of Chicago; and Mike Tiedy, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Design & Innovation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.,  the parent company of W Hotels Worldwide.

“Being at the forefront of design is an ongoing goal for W Hotels,” says Mike Tiedy, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Design & Innovation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “To identify and connect with these emerging designers will continue to drive design forward at W Hotels across the globe.”

The “Conversation Pieces” created by the 2011 award winners are three distinct designs that showcase each studio’s range of talent.  Asif Khan turns foaming bubbles into an architectural yet whimsical element of design, while Studio Juju constructs a social space where people can convene.  Mischer’Traxler creates conversation by using mirrors that work only when two or more people stand in front of them.  All of the pieces trigger an immediate response in the viewer, from serious to fanciful, creating conversation that is sure to last beyond the Design Miami/ Basel exhibition halls.

The winners of last year’s W Hotels Designer of the Future Awards - Beta Tank, Graham Hudson, rAndom International, and Zigelbaum + Coelho - are continuing to celebrate their successes.  W Hotels created a global platform for these designers, helping them take their work from a conceptual stage to a level where they can expose their work to consumers and design enthusiasts alike.  The winners traveled to W locations across the globe during key design weeks, setting up on-site installations at W Barcelona, W Doha and showcasing their work during Istanbul Design week.  Zigelbaum + Coelho and rAndom International were also integrated at the W Taipei premiere event in March 2011, where rAndom International had also created a permanent installation for the hotel. Zigelbaum + Coelho was commissioned to create installations for the W St. Petersburg premiere event, which took place earlier this month.

  • tanyatelford

    i have only read a little about this years Design Miami, some of it sounds good and interesting, making correlations between different designer makers etc and there work and products. That always nice to see that, relationships between various creative people working, what i don't see the point of is when people purposefully try – within the world of Art & Design -, to destroy positive relationship, not sure why.