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.
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.
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES NOW
With an open mind and the right approach, we can cooperate with our surroundings to unlock its extraordinary potential.
Don’t miss this opportunity to share your take on new design possibilities through collaboration with society and the environment. Finalists will receive extensive support from Lexus towards materialising their concepts and will also get to showcase their prototypes at Milan Design Week 2018.
Submit your ideas centered around the theme of “CO-” now.
Applications close on 8 Oct 2017.
MEET THE MENTORS
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.
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).
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”.
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
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.
Executive Vice President, Lexus International
Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division.
Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, and design critic for the New York Times, and Frieze Magazine.
Senior curator at the department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Chief Editor, designboom
Industrial designer and co-founder of designboom, the world’s first online design and architecture magazine.
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
2017 PROTOTYPE WINNERS
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
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.
THE PANEL FINALISTS
In addition to the Prototype Winners, eight other designers were also selected as Panel Finalists.
Buoyant Measuring Spoon for the Blind
A measuring spoon with unseen yet visualized tactile graduations for the blind.
The Landscape of Paper
Disposable yet upcycled materials using traditional and modern technology.
Mass Production to Unique Items
TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama (Yoshifumi Takehana, Bungo Okua, Akira Okuda)
Mass-produced yet one-of-a-kind ceramics created with a portable kiln.
Combustible yet fire-resistant paper kettle.
Banana leaf bandages that outperform synthetic ones yet are biodegradable and soothing.
POD: Homeless YET Home
MODlab (Eric Schwartzbach, Benjamin Wood)
Temporary shelter for displaced populations. Homeless yet home.
RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO
Hi-tech yet retro radio tunes in programs from the past and present.
Traffic Light System
Simple yet sophisticated traffic light.
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016
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.
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.
A block toy which can be freely combined using bands, holes, and pegs to stimulate each child’s imagination.
Angelena Laura Fenuta
Canada-based Italian designer
A special cut of garment, applying modular principles to textiles, which allows creating different fashions outfits.
UK-based Turkish designers
A clock that uses a liquid with UV rays and discoloration properties allowing us to visualize the passing time.
FINALIST IDEAS FROM LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016
MR. TAKUMA YAMAZAKI
Bio-Vide are products, such as tables or envelopes, designed using fallen leaves. It is a visualization of the concept that all things return to earth.
DING DONG, MA JINCAI, PETER LUO & HUANG JUNXI
Drop Box utilizes aerodynamics to allow critical supplies to be airdropped safely in disaster areas without requiring a parachute.
Hexagon is an umbrella that uses magnets to connect to other umbrellas, encouraging interaction between people.
PLANTS-SKIN is a planter made of a colored mortar and special ink that visualizes the timing for watering plants.
Project Play is a first-of-its-kind lamp powered by wireless technology and realized through the creation of magnetic rubber.
RESOLUTION OF SOUND LOCATION
TAKATO SASAKI, YUKI SHINOHARA
RESOLUTION OF SOUND LOCATION is a headphone device composed of super directive microphones and speakers that can determine the sound source and adjust volume.
DEEPAK JAWAHAR & IRINA BOGDAN
Slow Door is conceived as an assembly of cubic components forming a spatial mechanism that delays the transition through a doorway. It allows us to appreciate the time and space created by the experience.
aniknown is a creation of clothes for six types of animal, choosing the materials according to each one’s features, behavior and habitat.