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DESIGN AWARD

WHERE IMAGINATION & CRAFTSMANSHIP MEET

We believe in the power of creativity to change the world.

Since 2013, the annual Lexus Design Award has supported designers and creators to foster ideas and innovation that help shape a better future.

  • CO-
    • THEME FOR 2018

    • “CO-” is a Latin word that means “with” or “together in harmony”. As the theme for the Lexus Design Award 2018, it reflects the importance of interdependence and seeks to inspire a better world through the harmonious coexistence of nature and society.

  • 2018 SELECTION PROCESS

    1. Application period — Closed
      Jul 24th - Oct 8th 2017
    2. Finalist screening session
      Nov 20th 2017
      Lexus Design Award mentors and judges will gather to deliberate the finalist nominees at INTERSECT BY LEXUS Tokyo.
    3. Announcement of 12 finalists
      Jan 2018
      12 designs will be announced as finalists. Four of the finalists will be funded to produce prototypes of their design.
    4. Milan Design Week
      Apr 17th - 22nd 2018
      The Lexus pavilion will showcase the work of the 12 finalists and the Grand Prix Winner will be announced.

MEET THE MENTORS

  • FORMAFANTASMA

    Product & Interior Designers

    FORMAFANTASMA

    Product & Interior Designers

    Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They have developed a coherent body of work characterized by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability, and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. In 2016, they collaborated with Lexus at Milan Design Week 2016 “Lexus – An Encounter with Anticipation”. Formafantasma’s "Foundation" installation was also recently awarded the Milano Design Award 2017 Best Technology.

  • SOU FUJIMOTO

    Architect

    SOU FUJIMOTO

    Architect

    Originally from Hokkaido, Sou Fujimoto graduated from Tokyo University’s Department of Architecture in 1994. He established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000, and in 2013, became the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. Following victories in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay's Ecole Polytechnique and the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier in 2014, Fujimoto then went on to win first prize in 2016’s 'Réinventer Paris' for “Pershing”. Some of his other notable works include “House NA” (2011), “Musashino Art University Museum & Library” (2010), and “House N” (2008).

  • JESSICA WALSH

    Graphic & Computer Designer

    JESSICA WALSH

    Graphic & Computer Designer

    After earning her BFA from RISD in 2008, Jessica Walsh interned at Pentagram in New York before working as an associate art director at Print magazine. There, her design work and illustrations were featured in various print media, including the New York Times and New York Times Magazine. She blends handcraft, photography, and painting with digital design to create works possessing a signature style that is “bold, emotional and provocative”. Besides having worked on the rebranding efforts for The Jewish Museum of New York and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, she has also been the recipient of numerous distinctions such as Forbes’ “30 under 30: Art and Style”.

  • LINDSEY ADELMAN

    Industrial & Lighting Designer

    LINDSEY ADELMAN

    Industrial & Lighting Designer

    As a child in suburban New York, Lindsey Adelman was undeniably curious. Growing up, she continued to wonder how she could make design her career, first as an English student at Kenyon College, and then as an editorial staff at The Smithsonian Institution. Her accidental discovery of industrial design — in the form of a fabricated foam French fry — finally propelled her off to RISD to pursue her passion. Today, from her studios in New York and Los Angeles, she manipulates light to create fixtures that are as emotive as they are physically transformative — objects imbibed with their own history and meaning that give color, texture, and depth to the world around them.

INTRODUCING THE JUDGES

  • SHIGERU BAN

    Architect

    SHIGERU BAN

    Winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and profiled by TIME magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.

  • YOSHIHIRO SAWA

    Executive Vice President, Lexus International

    YOSHIHIRO SAWA

    Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division.

  • ALICE RAWSTHORN

    Design Commentator

    ALICE RAWSTHORN

    Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, and design critic for the New York Times, and Frieze Magazine.

  • PAOLA ANTONELLI

    Curator

    PAOLA ANTONELLI

    Senior curator at the department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

  • BIRGIT LOHMANN

    Chief Editor, designboom

    BIRGIT LOHMANN

    Industrial designer and co-founder of designboom, the world’s first online design and architecture magazine.

  • SIR DAVID ADJAYE

    Architect

    SIR DAVID ADJAYE

    Lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Recognised by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people.

MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017

 

  • This April, Lexus participated at the world’s biggest design event for the 10th year, highlighting the brand’s enduring passion for innovative design and craftsmanship.

    The Lexus pavilion at Milan Design Week housed the work of the 12 finalists of the Lexus Design Award 2017. Their conceptual designs and prototypes revealed how they would apply the ‘YET’ philosophy in original and innovative ways.

    Discover more about Milan Design Week

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

2017 PROTOTYPE WINNERS

  • PIXEL


    HIROTO YOSHIZOE

    Japan

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    GRAND
    PRIX
    WINNER
  • Having nothing,
    and yet possessing everything.

    AHRAN WON

    Korea

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  • Player’s
    Pflute

    JIA WU

    China

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  • Structural Color
    - Static Yet Changing

    JESSICA FÜGLER

    United States

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THE PROTOTYPE WINNERS

From the 12 Panel Finalists, four designers were selected to prototype their designs with the help of mentors, globally recognized as renowned designers.

The Grand Prix Winner of Lexus Design Award 2017 – PIXEL by Hiroto Yoshizoe – was announced at the Milan Design Week in April 2017.

AHRAN WON / Korea

Mentor: Neri & Hu

Having nothing yet everything.

What is the meaning of objects in our lives? This moving capsule goes beyond its function as a container, and enables minimalist living through its mobility and multi-functionality.

HIROTO YOSHIZOE / Japan

Mentor: Snarkitecture

A structure to experience the existence of light yet shadow.

Whether it is a sparkling chandelier or sunlight pouring into a dark room, light and shadow exist as contrasting elements in our daily life. By converting light and shadow into clear, sensible forms, PIXEL lets you experience their intertwining relationship.

JIA WU / China

Mentor: Max Lamb

Vegetable yet a musical instrument that creates a fun learning experience.

This modular system helps children explore music, connecting them with everyday objects through imaginative invention and musical creativity. Consisting of different mouthpieces, hole-punchers and connectors, children are able to create musical instruments from everyday objects.

JESSICA FÜGLER / United States

Mentor: Elena Manferdini

Static yet changeable structure, depending on viewpoint.

In nature, color is created when light is bent by microscopic structural features such as the cells in bird feathers. This project abstractly manifests this structural color phenomena through large scale structures whose surfaces are altered based on the viewer’s perspective.

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNER AND RUNNER UPS

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNER AND RUNNER UPS

The theme for 2016 was ANTICIPATION and it drew over 1,232 entries from 73 countries. Discover the prototypes of the top 4 entries with their exploration of the unpredictable.

Amam

Japan

A project exploring how agar, a gelatinous material obtained from the marine algae, can be used as an environmentally friendly packaging materials alternative to plastic.

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Myungsik Jang

Korea

A block toy which can be freely combined using bands, holes, and pegs to stimulate each child’s imagination.

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Angelena Laura Fenuta

Canada-based Italian designer

A special cut of garment, applying modular principles to textiles, which allows creating different fashions outfits.

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Studio Ayaskan

UK-based Turkish designers

A clock that uses a liquid with UV rays and discoloration properties allowing us to visualize the passing time.

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