It's only been three months since Curbed National launched, but even still we decided to make up a bunch of awards as a way to recap the stuff we've covered. Over the next few days, we'll be feting the most deserving people, places, and things in the national design, decor, and real estate sphere. Herein, we unveil the first annual Curbed Awards!
The Most Lavish Restaurant Award
That would be Alain Ducasse's restaurant at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, in Paris (above), where designer Patrick Jouin abandons his usual modernist work for Kartell and Alessi in favor of "a technical feat, inspired by the swirls of the Baroque period that decorate the capitals in the restaurant." Oh, and they serve food here, too.
The Best Reno/Resto of a Hotel Suite Award
Designer Alexandra Champalimaud took the penthouse at The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco under her wing, imbuing the 1920s space that has played host to Prince Charles, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Tony Bennett, and JFK with a totally fresh personality. The "east meets west" interiors include rooms with furnishings brought in anew (the dining room, above) and others that have been lightly brushed. The billiards room with floor-to-ceiling Persian tiles remains intact.
The Office Space Award
The new HQ of software firm 37signals in Chicago (above) was designed by architecture firm Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch, who sought to give the office of 9 people every creature comfort imaginable, including acoustical wall tiles; a 37-seat theater for workshops; and three "phone rooms" for private calls. How's that cubicle doing?
The Office Space Runner-Up
The NYC workspace of spirits producer Tanteo Tequila. Working for a tequila company: check. Working in an office that has a bar: ding-ding-ding.
· All Curbed Awards 2010 posts [Curbed National]