WHERE IMAGINATION & CRAFTSMANSHIP MEET
Since 2013, the annual Lexus Design Award has supported designers and creators to foster ideas and innovation that help shape a better future.
DESIGNING 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.
2020 SELECTION PROCESS
Application period — Open
Aug 1 st - Oct 15 th 2019
Finalist screening session
Lexus Design Award mentors and judges will gather to deliberate the finalist nominees at Design Miami.
Announcement of six finalists
Six designs will be announced as finalists and will be invited to the mentoring workshop at Intersect by Lexus NYC. They will also receive funding to develop prototypes of their design.
Milan Design Week
The Lexus pavilion will showcase the work of the six finalists and the Grand Prix Winner will be announced.
- Application period — Open
THE LDA 2019 STORY
A Vision Of Innovation
Lexus Design Award invites forward-thinking designers from around the world to anticipate challenges and develop innovative solutions. The finalists will receive exclusive mentorship and funding to create a prototype that will be presented at Milan Design Week.
Explore future possibilities for new talent to design for a better tomorrow.
Fostering New Ideas
At the core of the Lexus Design Award is a commitment to ideas and design that can change the world. The platform gives up-and-coming designers the chance to see their designs come to life and contribute to building a better future and society.
Mentorship in NYC
Lexus Design Award believes that collaborative processes result in better design. This year's six finalists had the opportunity to work with four mentors in New York City to refine their design ideas for a better tomorrow.
Road to Milan
Lexus Design Award culminates at Milan Design Week, the biggest design event in the world. The works of the six finalists will be on display at the captivating and immersive Leading with Light exhibition, which celebrates innovation and design.
MEET LAST YEAR'S MENTORS
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.
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.
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.
Artist & Designer
Jaime Hayon is an industrial designer by training who is recognized worldwide as a creative visionary of our times. He moved to Italy in 1997 to join the communication research academy Fabrica, where he led the design department until leaving to fully devote his time to personal projects in 2003. His artistic vision first came to the forefront with his ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ and ‘Mon Cirque’ installations, which blurred the lines between art, decoration and design. Since then, his works have featured in exhibitions as well as the permanent collections in major galleries and museums worldwide like the MAK Vienna, Groninger Museum, The Aram Gallery, London’s Design Museum, mudac Museum, Galerie Thomas Modern, Walker Art Center and Centre Georges Pompidou.
MEET LAST YEAR'S JUDGES
Executive Vice President, Lexus International
Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division.
Senior curator at the department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
SIR DAVID ADJAYE
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.
Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic. Former President of the Rhode Island School of Design.
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019
THE PANEL FINALISTS
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018
2018 PROTOTYPE WINNERS
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.
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.
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
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.
THE PANEL FINALISTS
In addition to the Prototype Winners, eight other designers were also selected as Panel Finalists.
Khoa Cu & Wilson Harkhono
A new housing system that inspires people to CO-.
Sistema Simple Studio
(Kaleb Cardenas Zavala, Lucas Margotta Meneses, Diego Gajardo Caldera & Carlos Sfeir Vottero)
Set of clay containers that collaboratively accompany the process of cooking, eating and sharing bread.
Myung Duk Chung
Malleable platform to connect industrial production with artistic performance
(Nadezhda Abdullina & Marina Egorova)
A co-adapting cutting board for people with special needs.
A tool connecting virtual reality to physical experience by simulating weight and touch.
Connecting overlapping layers of paper to create a new material rich in color.
To coalesce veneer and fabric laminated creates a unique armchair that stimulates imagination.
(Nguyen Tien Phuoc, Pham Anh Tuan, Truong Ngoc Phu)
An aeroponic planting machine that contributes to the modern agriculture and farming methods.