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Design Awards - Ian Schrager Design Champion


It is possible that Ian Schrager has done more to bring design to the travel experience than any other living person—single-handedly reinventing the hotel as a site of electrifying cultural significance, art-directing a series of unforgettable lobbies, restaurants, and guest rooms with the help of artists and designers like Andrée Putman, Philippe Starck, and, most recently, Julian Schnabel. From Morgans to Mondrian, from the Sanderson to the Delano, and this year with the Gramercy Park Hotel (which won an honorable mention in the Large Hotel category), Schrager is a hotelier who embraces art and design not as a business strategy but as a philosophy. He recognizes and promotes talent (Morgans was Putman's first commission in the United States, in 1984, as was the Royalton for Starck, in 1988) and has a knack for confronting us with the shock—and sex appeal—of the new. For all this, he is the ideal recipient of T+L's first Design Champion Award.

"Ian Schrager is a true design hero, an inventor. He is a major source of inspiration." — Craig Robins