Our third annual celebration of the year’s most attention-grabbing efforts in travel and design is packed with projects that take bold risks and push conceptual—and physical—boundaries. Whether it be a restaurant in Norway encased in a concrete slab and submerged into the sea, or an airport in Singapore resembling a tropical rainforest, or a Mexican island resort whose exceptionally crafted simplicity calls to mind that of a traditional Mayan home, this year’s diversified collection of winners coalesce around a singular commonality: They incite our deep-rooted aspiration for discovery. Introducing the year’s best in travel and design. 

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Daniel Boulud

The chef is celebrated as one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Since arriving in New York City in 1982, he has expanded his reach to properties across the U.S., as well as London, Toronto, Montreal and Singapore.

Isolde Brielmaier

Brielmaier has worked internationally as a curator and cultural strategist for over a decade. Currently, she is the national Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield.

Suchi Reddy

Reddy founded her firm Reddymade in 2002 with a human-centric approach to design—one that assesses the economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts of her work on both people and the planet.

Lee Broom

The UK–based Broom is a product designer whose brand has specialized in high-end furniture and lighting since it was founded in 2007. His products are retailed in over 250 stores in 50 countries around the world alongside his own flagship showrooms in London and New York.