Smart thinking at the I&DA party

Smart thinking at the I&DA party

It was a stylish lot that turned up at last night’s Innovation & Design Awards 2012 ceremony, at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in Mayfair.

The prestigious Conde Nast Traveller awards, which celebrates innovative thinking and excellence in design in every aspect of travel from transport to culture, is now in its sixth year and has become a firm fixture in the design world.

Sarah Miller, Editor of Conde Nast Traveller, announced the winners, who included Christian Louboutin for his edgy shoe shop in Paris (complete with studded-leather floors and tattoo room), British architect David Adjaye, who created the award-winning Genesis Pavilion at Design Miami, and Vivienne Westwood (pictured), whose ‘Cool Earth – No Fun Being Extinct’ campaign was a joint winner of the Sustainability category.

Tiago Barros – the architect behind the award-winning ‘Passing Cloud’ – flew in from NYC; while Westwood, along with her husband Andreas Kronthaler, rocked up in a style appropriate to her save-the-rainforests campaign: by bicycle, in heels, flowing skirts and all.

The five-star Marriott hotel on Grosvenor Square laid on five-star fusion tapas – feather blade beef, vegetarian Indian dishes, beetroot-dyed smoked salmon bagels – while the booze flowed freely courtesy of Tanqueray and Laurent-Perrier; plus RDA organic juices, for those who insisted on cycling home.

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