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 2020 STORY
A GAME CHANGER
For the inaugural winner Hideki Yoshimoto, Lexus Design Award was his launch pad into the world of design. Using the experience he gained from working with professional designers during the LDA mentoring sessions, he set up the design-engineering studio, Tangent, and has collaborated with many global brands, including Hermes and Globe Trotter.
MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION
Episode release date: October 2019
Episode release date: February 2020
Road to Milan
Episode release date: April 2020
MEET THE MENTORS
Founder, Joe Doucet X Partners
As a designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, Joe Doucet finds solutions for daily and societal challenges through design as he believes that design and a designer’s thought process can play a larger role in innovation and problem solving. His work has been exhibited in the London Design Museum and the Biennale International Design in Saint-Etienne. In 2017, he was named the winner of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for product design, the highest honor in his field.
Creative Director, Bethan Gray Design
One of the UK’s most celebrated furniture and homeware designers, Bethan Gray weaves contemporary relevance with the traditional techniques she has picked up from her travels and love for art and culture. Her studio creates luxury handcrafted collections of furniture and home accessories that are sold by global retailers such as Harrods and Liberty. She was named Best British Designer by Elle Decoration in 2013 and has exhibited her work in London, Milan, Paris, New York and Dubai.
Director, Philippe Malouin Studio
British-Canadian designer Philippe Malouin has a diverse portfolio that includes tables, rugs, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate counts SCP, Marsotto Edizioni, Resident, Hem and Ace Hotel amongst his clients. He was crowned Designer of the Year by Wallpaper* magazine in 2018 and taught at the Royal College of Art in London from 2012 to 2015.
Partner & Director, OMA New York
With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Shohei Shigematsu has provided design leadership and direction for the renovation of Sotheby’s New York headquarters, Quebec National Beaux Art Museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach, leading the projects from conceptual onset to completed construction. He has also designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a design critic in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
MEET THE JUDGES
President, Lexus International
Former Lexus Executive Chief Creative Designer, with more than 20 years of design experience at Toyota Motor Corporation.
Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, MoMA
Celebrated author and lecturer who was listed as one of the 100 most influential people of the art world by Surface magazine.
Founding principal and partner, Studio Gang
Award-winning architect behind the Aqua Tower in Chicago. Named one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by TIME.
Chief Experience Officer, Publicis Sapient
Design evangelist, TED talk speaker and former president of the Rhode Island School of Design.
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019
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.
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.