With Design at the Forefront, W Hotels Worldwide Prepares to Open Six New Distinctively Designed Hotels in 2011

  • W Hotels
  • 02.11.11
W Hotels Worldwide will continue to showcase what’s new and next in design with the opening of six new W Hotels around the world in 2011.

Design has been at the forefront of W Hotels since the opening of the David Rockwell-designed W New York – the first ever W Hotel – more than 12 years ago and has evolved with more recent hotel openings by designers such as Patricia Urquiola (W Vieques), United Design (W Doha), and Ricardo Bofill (W Barcelona), among others.  As a way to further fuel innovation in design, W Hotels has also forged unique design partnerships such as its W Hotels Designers of the Future award with Design Miami/Basel.

“Design has always been an integral part of the W brand,” said Eva Ziegler, global brand leader of W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “As W continues to transform into a global powerhouse, we have evolved our design approach to include contextual insights that lead to locally relevant designs bound together by W’s DNA.”

On track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012, W Hotels will, this year, open:

  • W Taipei (February 14, 2011)  
  • W London - Leicester Square (February 14, 2011)
  • W St. Petersburg (March 2011)
  • W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak  (March 2011)   
  • W Paris - Opéra (December 2011)
  • W Guangzhou (December 2011)
In 2010, W Hotels had an exciting presence at key international design weeks, kicking the year off by announcing a partnership with Design Miami/Basel, the most prominent and substantive forum for international design. The new alliance began at Salone del Mobile in Milan in April, when Design Miami/ Basel announced the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award recipients.  The four winners of the first ever W-sponsored prize – Beta Tank, Graham Hudson, rAndom International and Zigelbaum + Coelho – debuted exclusive concepts for W Hotels at Art Basel Switzerland in June and then presented these works at various W Hotels across Europe throughout the year.  The designers’ projects are also being integrated into soon-to-open W Hotels around the world. 
In September 2010, W was an official sponsor of Istanbul Design Week, hosting a Young Designer Competition and also displaying the innovative W Hotels Designers of the Future works within W Istanbul.  Closing out 2010, W Hong Kong hosted a variety of special events, dinners and presentations during Hong Kong’s annual Business of Design Week in December.

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