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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.

  • DESIGN FOR A
    BETTER TOMORROW

    • The Lexus Design Award is an international competition that inspires the next generation of creative talent to propose imaginative solutions that anticipate the needs of people and society. Using innovative and captivating design, their purpose is to address tomorrow’s challenges today, making the world a better place.

  • 2019 SELECTION PROCESS

    1. Application period
      Aug 9th - Oct 28th 2018
    2. Finalist screening session
      Dec 2018
      Lexus Design Award mentors and judges will gather to deliberate the finalist nominees at INTERSECT BY LEXUS Tokyo.
    3. Announcement of six finalists
      Jan - Mar 2019
      Six designs will be announced as finalists and will be invited to the mentoring workshop. They will also receive funding to develop prototypes of their design.
    4. Milan Design Week
      Apr 8th - 14th 2019
      The Lexus pavilion will showcase the work of the six finalists and the Grand Prix Winner will be announced.

MEET THE MENTORS

  • FABIO NOVEMBRE

    Architect & Designer

    FABIO NOVEMBRE

    Architect & Designer

    Born in the south of Italy, Fabio Novembre trained as an architect in Milan and moved to New York City in 1993. He established his studio in Milan in 1994. That year, he took on his first major design project when he was commissioned to design the Anna Molinari Blumarine shop in London. With expertise in furniture, lighting, accessories and gallery projects, Fabio has collaborated with major brands like Driade, Venini and Kartell, and has designed spaces for Stuart Weitzman and AC Milan. Fabio’s work has been exhibited at museums like the Rotonda di Via Besana and the Triennale Design Museum of Milan.

  • JESSICA ROSENKRA

    Designer & Programmer

    JESSICA ROSENKRA

    Designer & Programmer

    Co-founder and creative director of Nervous System, Jessica Rosenkrantz studied Biology and Architecture at MIT, and Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work is inspired by the simulation of natural processes to create unique designs. She has contributed to the application of new design methodologies like generative systems and 3D printing. Her designs are featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, as well as the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

  • SEBESTIAN WRONG

    Product Designer & Manufacturer

    SEBESTIAN WRONG

    Product Designer & Manufacturer

    Originally a student of sculpture, Sebastian Wrong has achieved great success and critical acclaim in manufacturing and product design. Since founding his production company in 2001, he has worked on gallery projects, furniture, lighting, and accessories, and he has created commercially and critically successful products for some of the world’s leading brands. Sebastian is a founding member and Design Director of British design company Established & Sons. He has also taught at the Royal College of Art, London, and ECAL, Switzerland.

  • SHOEHEI SHIGEMATSU

    Architect

    SHOEHEI SHIGEMATSU

    Architect

    Shohei Shigematsu has been a partner of OMA since 2008. He has worked on projects for the Quebec National Beaux Arts Museum and the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, and he led the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2016 exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. Embodying the spirit of “Design for a Better Tomorrow,” Shohei’s engagement with urban conditions includes a new civic center in Bogota, a post-Hurricane Sandy urban water strategy project in New Jersey, and a food hub in Louisville.

INTRODUCING THE JUDGES

  • 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.

  • PAOLA ANTONELLI

    Curator

    PAOLA ANTONELLI

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

  • 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.

  • JOHN MAEDA

    Technologist

    JOHN MAEDA

    Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic. Former President of the Rhode Island School of Design.

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

2018 PROTOTYPE WINNERS

  • CO-RKs


    DIGITALAB

    Portugal

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  • Honest Egg


    aesthetid

    Malaysia

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  • Recycled
    Fiber Planter

    Eriko Yokoi

    Japan

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  • Testing
    Hypotheticals

    Extrapolation Factory

    USA

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    GRAND
    PRIX
    WINNER

THE PROTOTYPE WINNERS

Four designers were chosen from among the 12 panel finalists to prototype their designs under the mentorship of an elite team of established creators.

The Grand Prix Winner of Lexus Design Award 2018 — Testing Hypotheticals by Extrapolation Factory — was announced at the Milan Design Week in April 2018.

aesthetid/ Malaysia

Mentor: Jessica Walsh

Connecting Technology (Intelligent Ink Pigment) and Design (Indicator) to show an egg’s edibility.

Honest Egg is an intuitive and simple indicator of when an egg has reached its recommended consumption date. Users can observe a graphical image or word on the egg shell to determine the egg's edibility.

DIGITALAB/ Portugal

Mentor: Lindsey Adelman

A system connecting cork thread and computational process that generates design products.

CO-RKs is a generative system that uses an advanced algorithm to create optimized shapes and spaces from fiber made from cork. This allows for the creation of products and spaces (lamps, chairs, tables and exhibition systems) adapted to specific functions.

Eriko Yokoi/ Japan

Mentor: Sou Fujimoto

Co-fusion textile and green design to repurpose used clothes.

This project seeks to create a substitute for soil called fiber soil by recycling old clothes made from polyester fiber. By combining a material with low recycling potential with more recyclable materials, the chances of reuse are increased.

Extrapolation Factory / USA

Mentor: Formafantasma

A collaboratively imagined test site that explores relationships between people and their surroundings.

Exploration Factory proposes to set up a futures workshop to work with locals in neighborhoods in envisioning spaces that could be used as test grounds for new ways of living. They will then develop ideas to explore and address identified issues through development within a testing site.

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

MILAN DESIGN WEEK

 

  • In April 2018, Lexus participated in the world’s biggest design event for the 11th year, highlighting the brand’s enduring passion for innovative design and craftsmanship.

    Relive the highlights from Milan Design Week 2017 with the works of the 12 finalists that were on display at the Lexus pavilion.

    Learn more about Milan Design Week 2017

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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