Designer of the year nominee: Rodolfo Dordoni

Dordoni describes his work as 'not important', but we're not buying it. His designs for big names such as Roda, Dada, Molteni and Minotti are always the most covetable.

On notebook, ‘Flavin’ armchair, £1,450, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Minotti, tel: 39.0362 3434 99 (Italy),

Catalogue, ‘Bitta’ outdoor furniture collection, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Kettal, tel: 34.93 487 9090 (Spain),

‘Foodwear’ pans, from €54, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for knIndustrie, tel: 39.030 893 5235 (Italy),

Designer of the year nominee: Patrick Jouin

The French designer, described as someone who‚ 'makes a statement without shouting', is known for creations that are a mix of tactile utility and aesthetic elegance.

‘Zyla’ chair, £453 per pair, by Patrick Jouin, for Ligne Roset, tel: 44.20 7323 1248 (UK),

Sketch and image of ‘Zyla’ chair, as before.

‘Zermatt’ fork; knife; spoon, £335 each, by Patrick Jouin, for Puiforcat, tel: 33.1 45 63 10 10 (France),

Designer of the year nominee: Aldo Bakker

This brilliantly talented Dutch designer first dazzled us with his door handles for Izé. We've been fans of his minimalist, organic designs ever since.

‘Jug+Cup’, €325; maquette of ‘3dwn1up’ stool, €1,250, both by Aldo Bakker, for Particles, tel: 31.648 119 616 (Netherlands),

Some of Bakker’s sketches.

Door handle, from £169, by Aldo Bakker, for Izé, tel: 44.20 7384 3302 (UK),

Designer of the year nominee: Jaime Hayón

A Spanish designer with a distinct taste for street art and skateboard culture, Hayón produces bold, oversized designs for the likes of Baccarat, Bisazza and Camper.

‘Plate 270’, £450, by Jaime Hayón, for Kutani Choemon, from Vessel Gallery, tel: 44.20 7727 8001 (UK),

Kutani Choemon catalogue. ‘Soy Pot Bird’, £404, by Jaime Hayón, for Kutani Choemon, from Vessel Gallery, as before.

Sketchbook showing ‘Favn’ sofa, DKK55,000 (€7,400), by Jaime Hayón, for Fritz Hansen, tel: 45.7080 7090 (Denmark),


Designer of the year winner: Nendo

Oki Sato, aka Nendo, is a master at reimagining quotidian objects (a USB key doubling up as a paper clip, for example), bringing a touch of magic to the mundane.

Sketch of ‘Thin Black Lines’ chair, £8,500, by Nendo, for Phillips de Pury, tel: 44.20 7318 4010 (UK),

‘Oppopet’ computer mouse, €25, by Nendo, for Elecom,

‘Parte’ bowl, €100, by Nendo, for Materia,

Maquette of ‘Scatter’ shelf, limited edition, price on request, by Nendo for Freidman Benda, tel: 1.212 239 8700 (US),

‘Maki’ pendant lamp, £215, by Nendo, for Foscarini, tel: 39.041 595 3811 (Italy),

Maquette of ‘Thin Black Lines’ chair, as before.

Image showing exhibition design for a retrospective of milliner Hirata Akio’s work in Tokyo

Best new men’s fashion collection nominee: Dior Homme A/W11, by Kris Van Assche

An exceedingly - and excitingly - sober collection of fluid trousers, floating cloaks, severe-looking hats and sinuous layers.

Show invite; top; hat; bag (in lookbook), all Dior Homme A/W 11,


Best new men’s fashion collection nominee: Walter Van Beirendonck A/W11

Playful layers, pattern patches and candy colours complemented by wacky but wonderful hairdos and fang-like face paint.

Jumper; shoe; show invite/poster, all Walter Van Beirendonck, A/W 11,

Best new men’s fashion collection winner: Raf Simons A/W11

Simons' enthusiastic embrace of both the sticky rave floor and the graceful halls of perfectly cut haute couture hit just the right note of cohesive cool.

Show invite; backstage catwalk image; shoes; tie, all Raf Simons A/W 11,

Best new men’s fashion collection nominee: Lanvin A/W11, by Lucas Ossendrijver

A seamless marriage of formal and informal, with big puffer jackets and starched shirts taking on new sculptural forms.

Lookbook; bow tie; tie; sunglasses; clutch, all Lanvin A/W 11,

Best new men’s fashion collection nominee: Yves Saint Laurent A/W11, by Stefano Pilati

A subtle but very effective treatise on chic, featuring razor-sharp cuts, nip-waist coats, slick silhouettes and skinny cropped trousers.

Show invite; shoe; travel bag; lookbook; catwalk image, all Yves Saint Laurent A/W 11,

Best domestic design winner: ‘Set’ oven hood, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Dada

The 'Set' hood is a totem-like, brushed-steel pillar that takes a sudden dramatic turn, cleverly concealing all the electrics. 

From £3,217, tel: 39.800 653210 (Italy),

Best domestic design nominee: ‘Scope’ mobile video call station, by Siedle

This handsome single unit controls all the technology in your home, and is also a phone and monitor, letting you see who's at your door.

From £1,580, tel: 49.7723 630 (Germany),

Best domestic design nominee: Laundry System, by Valcucine

A system of flexible modules that can be adapted according to your needs, in a harmonious blend of steel, glass, wood and acrylic.

Price on request, tel: 39.0434 517911 (Italy),

Best domestic design nominee: ‘Piani’ table lamp, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Flos

A bijou lamp with an asymmetrical hood and base, which acquires a monolithic quality when lit.


Best domestic design nominee: ‘Matières à Chaud’ radiator, by 5.5 Designers, for Saazs

Both unobtrusive and sculptural, a revolutionary modular design made of patented Quantum Glass.

From €2,700,

Best new or renovated hotel nominee: Square Nine, Belgrade, by Isay Weinfeld

A harbinger of Belgrade's post-war design boom refurbished by architect Isay Weinfeld and filled with vintage Danish furniture.

Studentski Trg 9, Belgrade, tel: 381.11 3333 500 (Serbia),;

Room rate: from €225

Best new or renovated hotel nominee: Le Royal Monceau-Raffles, Paris, by Philippe Starck

The revamped Parisian grande dame now boasts its own cinema, art bookshop and concept store.

37 Avenue Hoche, tel: 33.1 42 99 88 00 (France),;

Room rate: from €850

Best new or renovated hotel nominee: Devi Ratn, Jaipur, by Prabhakar B Bhagwat and Urban Studio

Rajasthan's new jewel in the crown: a design hotel with views to the Aravali mountains.

Jamdoli, Agra Road, Tehsil Ballupura District, Jaipur, tel: 91.141 3050 211 (India),;

Room rate: from INR30,000 ($570)

Best new or renovated hotel winner: Playa Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay, by Carlos Ott

A new beach resort on the South Atlantic coast, with a black granite infinity pool featuring a fibre-optic map of the southern hemisphere.

Calle Los Cisnes y Los Horneros, Faro José Ignacio, tel: 598.94 605212 (Uruguay),;

Room rate: from $500

Best new or renovated hotel nominee: Viceroy, Anguilla, by Kelly Wearstler

Interior design by Kelly Wearstler, thousands of feet of private beach, and one of the finest sundowner lounges in the Caribbean.

Barnes Bay, West End, Anguilla, British West Indies, tel: 1.2644 9770 00 (US),;

Room rate: from $956

Best new public building nominee: Metropol Parasol, Spain, by J Mayer H

A mushroom-shaped expressionist canopy in the heart of Seville, this curvy wooden structure is a potent piece of urban architecture.

Best new public building nominee: Giant Group Campus, Shanghai, by Morphosis

The HQ of Chinese online game developer Giant is a low complex with a dynamic form and expansive green roof.

Best new public building winner: Hepworth Wakefield, UK, by David Chipperfield Architects

Ten trapezoidal concrete blocks respond to the surrounding West Yorkshire industrial landscape.

Best new public building nominee: Musashino Art University Library, Japan, by Sou Fujimoto

A vaulted two-storey structure clad in timber shelves both inside and out, beneath a glass façade.

Best new public building nominee: Teshima Art Museum, Japan, by Ryue Nishizawa

Resembling a drop of water fallen on the lush Teshima Island, this museum blurs the boundary between manmade and natural.

Best new women’s fashion collection nominee: Louis Vuitton A/W11, by Marc Jacobs

With mile-high heels, plenty of shiny black vinyl and more than a sprinkling of naughty-maid lace, Jacobs paved the way for a new kind of hardcore kink.

Cuff; mask; bag; backstage catwalk image, all Louis Vuitton A/W 11,

Best new women’s fashion collection nominee: Jil Sander A/W11, by Raf Simons

Simons has turned the bad 1980s moment into something intriguing. Think sleek ski sweaters, round-shouldered jackets, stirrup pants and vibrant colours.

Jumper; bag; clutch; backstage catwalk image, all Jil Sander A/W 11,

Best new women’s fashion collection nominee: Haider Ackermann A/W11

Ackermann took his signature fabric folding to new heights, constructing ever-more elaborate towers of looped fabric, silk trousers and obi-cinched waists.

Gloves; belt; shoe; backstage catwalk image, all Haider Ackermann A/W 11,

Best new women’s fashion collection winner: Givenchy A/W11, by Riccardo Tisci

Tisci's collection was one of the fiercest of the autumn shows, with wild black cats finding their way onto foliage-printed clothes that showed originality and wit.

Bag; glasses; backstage catwalk image, all Givenchy A/W 11,

Best new women’s fashion collection nominee: Bottega Veneta A/W11, by Tomas Maier

Purposefully pilled wool suits, shredded hems on dresses and tea stains on sweaters; beautiful neutrals interspersed with flashes of hot, magnetic colours.

Backstage catwalk image; shoes; bag, all Bottega Veneta A/W 11,

Best new restaurant nominee: Cecconi's, Miami, by Martin Brudnizki with Nick Jones

A Cuban-style dining room, with a great indoor-outdoor bar, serving Venetian-influenced Italian fare.

4385 Collins Avenue, tel: 1.786 507 7902 (US),;

Best new restaurant winner: Sur Mesure, Paris, by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku

A futuristic cave offering innovative dishes influenced by the molecular movement.

251 rue Saint-Honoré, tel: 33.1 70 98 73 00 (France),;

Best new restaurant nominee: Burgundy, Beirut, by Riad Kamel

A sophisticated wine bar with architectural surprises in every nook, offering a menu of tapas and Burgundy wines.

752 Gourand Street, Saifi Village, tel: 961.1 99 98 20 (Lebanon),

Best new restaurant nominee: Ozone, Hong Kong, by Masamichi Katayama

Located on the upper floors of the world's fourth tallest tower, Ozone serves Asian tapas prepared by chef Bryan Chin and his team.

International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 852.2263 2263 (Hong Kong),;

Best new restaurant nominee: Nopi, London, by Alex Meitlis

Yotam Ottolenghi's first restaurant in Soho features marble floors, brass accents, and colourful Mediterranean dishes for sharing.

21-22 Warwick Street, tel: 44.20 7494 9584 (UK),;

Best new private house nominee: Haus am Berg Isel, Austria, by Elmar Ludescher Architects

This Bregenz house is an instant-classic slice of wooden-clad Austrian architecture.

Best new private house nominee: 77E77, US, by Adjaye Associates

Adjaye's first US residential project is a starkly modern private museum, as visually eccentric as the artworks contained within.

Best new private house winner: Pringiers House, Sri Lanka, by Tadao Ando

Arranged over three sections connected by a raised courtyard, this house comes with a rooftop pool and cantilevered terrace.

Best new private house nominee: Paddington House, Australia, by Anthony Gill Architects

This project turns two existing houses in a conservation area into an open-plan contemporary haven.

Best new private house nominee: W Houses, Peru, by Barclay & Crousse

Overlooking the Pacific coastline near Lima, this pair of clifftop terraces create a new landscape of concrete porches and pools.

Best city nominee: Porto

Porto's downtown cultural life has been re-energised by an active student and arts community; the city is now dotted with attractive new builds by the likes of Álvaro Siza Vieira, and top tables with stellar ocean views.

Chocolate bar, from Chocolateria Equador, Plate, from the Favorita restaurant,

Wine and beer, from Era Uma Vez no Porto,

Martini glass; matchbox, both from Buhle restaurant,

Card from Café Candelabro,

Best city nominee: Berlin

Whether you visit for the fashion, cuisine or Grade-A sightseeing, Berlin comes up with big, distinctive cultural offerings. The party circuit, now shifting to edgier Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, is still red hot.

Exhibition flyer from ABC Art Berlin Contemporary,

Books from a selection at Gestalten,, and Pro QM,

Derzeit magazine, distributed daily during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,

Best city nominee: Guangzhou

Fuelled by a muscular economy and a robust construction industry, China's third largest city is on a high-stakes roll. It boasts stunning new architecture such as the 600m TV tower and Zaha Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House.

Image showing the Canton Tower, by Information Based Architecture,

Model of the Guangdong Museum of Art, by Rocco Design Architects,;

Best city nominee: Mexico City

An easy mix of Aztec temples, Spanish colonial piles and modernist villas; progressive laws; and a new generation of creative minds and architects make Mexico City one of the world's most dynamic metropolises.

Image showing Casa Luis Barragán,

Image showing Celeste Champagne Tea Room,

Mexico City Wallpaper* City Guide, £4.95, from Phaidon,

Tequila miniatures, from Los Danzantes restaurant,

Best city winner, London

London's star is back on the rise and the city is almost ready for its Olympic Games close-up. Renzo Piano's Shard, the highest tower in Western Europe, is rising, and new builds, restaurants and hotels are popping up all around town.

Model of the Velodrome, by Hopkins Architects;

Model of the Shard, by Renzo Piano;

Life-enhancer of the year winner: Lookout point at La Ruta del Peregrino, Mexico, by HFF Architects

This spiral lookout is one of eight stops, meant to be both landmarks and spiritual enhancements, on a 117km-long pilgrimage route. The intimate brick structure offers 360-degree views of the area.

Life-enhancer of the year nominee: OfficePOD

Roomier than your average office cubicle, this compact, standalone structure incorporates a desk, built-in storage, lighting and window blinds. The weatherproof pod can be placed in the back garden to provide that crucial separation of home and work.

From £17,950,

Life-enhancer of the year nominee: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

A six-volume, 2,483-page opus with friendly prose and gorgeous photography covering everything from sous-vide to hyperdecanting.


Life-enhancer of the year nominee: ‘Numi’ toilet, by Kohler

This sleek, streamlined toilet packs a suite of hi-tech functions you never knew you needed, from integrated bidet and air-dryer to seat- and foot-warmer, deodoriser and illuminated control panels. Motion sensors even open and close the heated seat.

£6,500, tel: 44.844 571 0000 (UK),

Life-enhancer of the year nominee: ‘Foldboat’, by Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies

First spotted at a Royal College of Art graduate show, this small vessel seating two is easily assembled by folding a sheet of high-density polyethylene plastic following pre-marked grooves.


Best new grooming product nominee: Juno Body Lipid Serum, by Sunday Riley

This preservative-free anti-ageing complex contains a blend of supercharged Native American botanicals such as prickly pear and night-blooming cactus. It is produced by boutique Houston skincare brand Sunday Riley.


Best new grooming product nominee: Powder.Puff, by Kevin Murphy

Australian hairstylist Kevin Murphy's volumising hair powder, which transforms into an invisible paste on the hair, is packed with seaweed and citrus extracts. It is housed in a pint-sized shaker - a little goes a long way.

£15.45, tel: 44.1282 613413 (UK),

Best new grooming product nominee: Skincare, by Three

An all-natural Japanese cosmetics range that comes in simple, utilitarian, Nendo-designed packaging. With their rounded edges and rubber accents, the bottles resemble blocks of stone and can even be stacked into playful formations.

Balancing Lotion, ¥5,775 ($75); Gentle Cleansing Milk ¥4,410 ($57); Balancing Treatment Essence, ¥8,400 ($109),

Best new grooming product nominee: Manicure set, by Czech & Speake

This gentleman's manicure set contains nail scissors, tweezers, cuticle nippers and toenail clippers, expertly manufactured in Solingen, Germany. They are held in place by discreet magnets in a leather-bound case.

£336, tel: 44.20 7439 0216 (UK),

Best new grooming product winner: Make-up, by Tom Ford

The latest jewel in Tom Ford's glittering fashion and beauty empire is a fully functioning, 132-piece make-up collection brimming with cool tools. The range includes liquid gel eyeliners and an impeccable array of lip and nail colours.

Nail lacquer, £25; cheek colour, £45, tel: 44.870 034 2566 (UK),

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