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Twenty-three Finalists and the “Designer of the Year” – the Starwood Design Group –
Named for the 25th Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design
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WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 9, 2005… Twenty-three competition finalists and the “Designer of the Year” – the Starwood Design Group – have been named for the 25th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.  Represented by 15 design firms, the finalists were selected from more than 170 entries, and include properties from Canada, England, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States.  The Gold Key Awards are presented by the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IHM&RS) and sponsored by Interior Design and HOTELS magazines.  Award finalists and winners in eight categories – as well as the “Designer of the Year” – will be recognized during the 90th annual IH/M&RS, at the Gold Key Awards Breakfast, on Monday, November 14, 2005, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. 

The 2005 Gold Key finalists are:
 

Spa
• Richardson Sadeki (New York, NY) for BATHHOUSE (Las Vegas, NV) 
• Wilson & Associates (Dallas, TX) for The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, SC)

Restaurants – Casual Dining
• Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis  (New York, NY) for Fluff Bakery (New York, NY) 
• Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis  (New York, NY) for Tides Restaurant (New York, NY) 
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for Shibuya (Las Vegas, NV)

Guest Room
• MCCARTAN (San Francisco, CA) for Hotel Vitale (San Francisco, CA) 
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for W Seoul Walkerhill (Seoul, South Korea) 
• Wilson & Associates (Dallas, TX) for Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

 Lounge/Bar
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for Woo Bar, W Seoul Walkerhill (Seoul, South Korea) 
• W Design (New York, NY) for Wunder Bar, W Montreal (Quebec, Canada) 
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for Whiskey Blue (Los Angeles, CA)

Lobby/Reception Area
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for Hard Rock Hotel (Chicago, IL) 
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for W Seoul Walkerhill (Seoul, South Korea) 
• Powerstrip with Westin Design Team - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (White Plains, NY) for The Westin Governor Morris (Morristown, NJ)

Restaurants – Fine Dining
• Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planner (Locust Valley, NY) for The Modern (New York, NY) 
• Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for Café Gray (New York, NY) 
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for Maimon Wine & Grill (Shibuya-ku, Japan)

Suite
• RPW Design (London, England) for The Infinity Suite at The Langham Hotel (London, England) 
• tonychi and associates (New York, NY) for Skylofts (Las Vegas, NV) 
• W Design (New York, NY) for Suites, W Montreal (Quebec, Canada)

Best Hotel Design
• Jordan Mozer and Associates (Chicago, IL) for East Hotel (Hamburg, Germany) 
• Richmond International (London, England) for Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest (Budapest, Hungary) 
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for W Seoul Walkerhill (Seoul, South Korea)

“The quality of the 2005 Gold Key Award finalists is outstanding,” said Christian Falkenberg, show manager.  “Each year, the competition exemplifies the best designs in the industry from around the world.” 

Judges for the 2005 Gold Key Awards were Karen Daroff, Daroff Design; David Ling, David Ling Architect; DiRoNA member Jo-Ann Makovitzky, Tocqueville Restaurant and Rudy Tauscher, Mandarin Oriental, New York.  Judges selected finalists based on design creativity, aesthetic value and commercial viability. 

Finalists will be recognized and Grand Prizes awarded in each of the competition’s eight categories during the Gold Key Awards Breakfast, Monday, November 15, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. 

The awards ceremony includes the presentation of the "Designer of the Year" award, given by Interior Design magazine and HOTELS magazine to the Starwood Design Team. The Starwood Design Team is lead by designers Ellen O'Neill, vice president of design for St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton; Db Kim, vice president, Westin Design; and Aaron Richter, senior director, W Design. The driving force behind the Starwood Design Team is differentiating and winning by design which culminated in this award. The Group provides overall design for all brands under the Starwood umbrella.

Tickets for the Gold Key Awards Breakfast are $75 each, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the NEWH, The Industry Network Scholarship Fund.  To reserve tickets, register online at www.ihmrs.com/goldkey/breakfast.html or send checks, payable to the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, to IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards, Becky Taylor, George Little Management, LLC, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY  10606-1954.  For more information, contact Becky Taylor at (914) 421-3253.

The 90th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 12, the IH/M&RS will feature three days of exhibits from Sunday, November 13, though Tuesday, November 15.  The market presents some 1,400 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 40,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association; the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.; the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM?). 
For IH/M&RS exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954.  Telephone (914) 421-3296.  Fax (914) 948-6180.  E-mail: christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com.  Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com, or by contacting GLM’s Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW.

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Contact:

GLM
Cathy Steel/Pamela Fink
Telephone (914) 421-3364
pamela_fink@glmshows.com
www.ihmrs.com

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Also See: Twenty One Entries Chosen as Finalists for the 21st Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design / Oct 2001
IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Hotel Design - KMD Mexico for W Mexico City / November 2004
The 23rd Annual IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards Recognizes Seven Winners for Excellence in Hospitality Design / November 2003
Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design Honors Six Grand Prize Winners / Nov 2000 


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