Winners of the W Hotel Designers of the Future Award were announced yesterday in a special ceremony in Milan, held during the 52nd edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
Objects series by Seung-Yong Song
Designers Seung-Yong Song, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jon Stam and Royal College of Art former student Bethan Laura Wood have all scooped the prestigious award for their preliminary work and residencies at three new W Hotel sites in Bangkok, Mexico City and Verbier in Switzerland. For the first time in the competition’s history, each designer has been paired with a hotel branch to create site-specific work; Seung-Yong Song for Bangkok’s W Hotel, Jon Stam for Verbier and Laura Wood for Mexcio City.
This year’s competition theme is titled “ Making Connections”, and will see the designers immerse themselves in each hotel site’s local culture to “facilitate exchange between local communities and the international visitors who pass through them – whether for business or pleasure.”
“The goal of these projects is to deepen the appreciation for the distinct regional characteristics found in each destination,” explain the award organizers.
Designs will be presented at the summer edition of Design Miami/Basel, in June this year, before they are installed at each hotel site. You can read more about each designer and their work at Dezeen. Also, be sure to read our comprehensive review of the 8th edition of Design Miami/Basel, which took place in and around the Miami Beach area of Florida in December. – Samantha Fox
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Spaghetti Junction stacking tables by Bethan Laura Wood
Cabinet of the (Material & Virtual) World by Jon Stam
Dami series by Seung-Yong Song
Soft Rock scarf by Bethan Laura Wood
Bioscope by Jon Stam and Simon de Bekker