Rotterdam, 22 December 2009
Berlin, Istanbul, New York, Seoul, or…. Rotterdam! Rotterdam is nominated for Wallpaper* Design Award ‘Best City’
The internationally renowned Wallpaper * Magazine puts Rotterdam in the top 5 of world class cities. The city is nominated for the Wallpaper Design Award in the category 'Best City' of 2010. Other contenders are Berlin, Istanbul, New York and Seoul. The eventual winner will be announced on Thursday, January 14 during the presentation of the Wallpaper * Design Awards in London. The Wallpaper * Design Awards are presented annually in 11 categories in the field of art, architecture, design and fashion. Last year, the title of "Best City" went to Los Angeles. The winner of this year lies in the hands of a prestigious panel of judges who particularly praised Rotterdam for its new architecture, design and the great variety of restaurants. Ton Wesselink, Director of Rotterdam Marketing (Tourism Board of Rotterdam): "Rotterdam is known as one of the most progressive and ambitious cities in the Netherlands. The city is internationally known for its modern architecture, design and creativity, the enormous number of festivals and events, the vibrant clubbing culture and of course the world class port. However, to put Rotterdam in line with cities such as Berlin, Istanbul, Seoul and New York, is something to be very proud of! If we win this award or not, I think this nomination is a major achievement that shows that Rotterdam is gaining popularity in the world as business as well as tourist destination”. The 11 categories 1. Best domestic design 2. Furniture designer of the year 3. Best new restaurant 4. Best new hotel 5. Best new private house 6. Best new public building 7. Best city 8. Best new women’s fashion collection 9. Best new men’s fashion collection 10. Best new grooming product 11. Life-enhancer of the year Members of the jury Carsten Höller James Murdoch John Galliano Kelly wearstler Pedro Almodóvar Steven Holl
Wallpaper * Magazine Wallpaper * Magazine is a global magazine with a focus on architecture, (industrial) design, interiors, fashion and travel. The magazine is published 10 times a year with a circulation of 100,000. (Source: MediAtlas). www.wallpaper.com.
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