Designers of the Future remains one of the most prestigious emerging designer platform, an initiative jointly held by W Hotels and Design Miami / Art Basel, this year announced three winners who will embark on a residency prior to having their work showcased in Miami in December.

The announcement event remains a special Milan experience, located in a typically old Milanese restaurant high amongst the spires of the famous Milan Duomo, one of the most famous of all cathedrals.




London-based Bethan Laura Wood is a colourful character in the design world, her work embracing not only colour, texture and pattern, but also an exploration of materiality, among her repertoire, and as her name may suggest – features wood!TSA_MILAN_designersofthefuture_02
TSA_MILAN_designersofthefuture_10Korean Sueng-Yong Sung and Dutch-Canadian Jon Stam join Woods as the three recipients of this year’s award, with each designer embarking on a residency that will allow them to explore their practice.

Selected from a stellar jury that includes leading art design gallarists, design editors and members of the board of Design Miami, applicants are invited to respond to a specific brief – this year themed on ‘Extending Connections.’
TSA_MILAN_designersofthefuture_TSA_MILAN_designersofthefuture_03From the press release :

The brief for this year’s award commissions is entitled “Making Connections.” The designers’ projects will facilitate exchange between local communities and the international visitors who pass through them, whether for business or pleasure. The goal of these projects is to deepen the appreciation for the distinct regional characteristics found in each destination.

For the first time, each of the winning designers has been paired with a new or renovating W Hotel to create a site-specific project. Each designer has already been sent on a design visit to a specific W Hotel, finding inspiration in the hotel design concept, the destination, local craft and materials as well as investigating the cultural and material conditions of the surrounding area, all of which will inform their finished project. Jon Stam spent time in Verbier, where the W brand’s first ski retreat will open later this year, Seung-Yong Song visited W Bangkok, which opened December 2012, and Bethan Laura Wood traveled to W Mexico City, which will complete a full renovation in 2014. In addition to being showcased at Design Miami/ Basel in June 2013, their finished work will ultimately be installed at the hotel they visited, solving a specific design need.