da_luggage.jpgEarlier this week, Travel + Leisure Magazine announced the winners of their first annual Design Awards. Their big guns jury was moderated by Chee Pearlman, former EIC of ID Magazine and current “Consulting Design Editor” for T+L. Included on the jury: Charles (Sculpture for Living) Gwathmey, Tyler (I Started the Hippest Interior Design Magazne Ever) Brule, Murray (My Store is SO Expensive) Moss. Check out the bio page for cool line drawing portraits of the jurors.

Awards were given in the following categories:Best Museum, Best Restaurant, Best Travel Gadget, Best Retail Space, Best Cultural Space, Best Transportation, Best Luggage, Best Hotel (Fewer than 75 Rooms), Best Hotel (75 Rooms or More), Best Infrastructure, and Best Public Space.

Pictured here is the winner of the Best Luggage category, Valextra‘s Overnight Bag. The jury is extremely gushy about this bag:

Relaunched this year, the luggage from the Italian house of Valextra is beautifully tactile and practically glows with handmade elegance. In no way innovative, the company’s designs, like this small-braided, straw-grained leather overnight case, are instead idealized versions of classic shapes, made transcendent in their detailing: the pale-green stitching, the platonically perfect handle. This bag’s lined interior is divided into sections, one suited to hold a change of clothes, another for a laptop and documents. It is as practical as it is luxurious.

[Ed. note: Above emphasis, mine. Phew!]

At a price of $3625, I don’t know that practical is a proper descriptor, but it sure does look like a fine fine piece of luggage. (Please send one (1) Overnight Bag to Jen Bekman @ UnBeige for evaluation and review!)

MoMA won for Best Museum. NY Times architecture critic Nicolai (MoMA Has Lost Its Edge) Ouroussoff and art critic Roberta Smith, along with The Observer‘s Hilton Kramer all beg to differ, but their criteria are much different than T+L’s.

The results will appear in the March Issue, and there’s already a full recap available on the T+L site. The Slideshow is definitely worth a look.