LEXUS DESIGN AWARD

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

    1. Application period — Open
      Aug 1 st - Oct 15 th 2019
    2. Finalist screening session
      Dec 2019
      Lexus Design Award mentors and judges will gather to deliberate the finalist nominees at Design Miami.
    3. Announcement of six finalists
      Jan 2020
      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.
    4. Milan Design Week
      April 2020
      The Lexus pavilion will showcase the work of the six finalists and the Grand Prix Winner will be announced.

    SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS HERE

THE LDA 2020 STORY

PART 1

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.

PART 2

MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION

Episode release date: October 2019

PART 3

NYC MENTORSHIP

Episode release date: February 2020

PART 4

Road to Milan

Episode release date: April 2020

MEET THE MENTORS

  • JOE DOUCET

    Founder,
    Joe Doucet X Partners

    JOE DOUCET

    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.

  • BETHAN GRAY

    Creative Director,
    Bethan Gray Design

    BETHAN GRAY

    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.

  • PHILIPPE MALOUIN

    Director,
    Philippe Malouin Studio

    PHILIPPE MALOUIN

    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.

  • SHOHEI SHIGEMATSU

    Partner & Director,
    OMA New York

    SHOHEI SHIGEMATSU

    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

  • YOSHIHIRO SAWA

    President, Lexus International

    YOSHIHIRO SAWA

    Former Lexus Executive Chief Creative Designer, with more than 20 years of design experience at Toyota Motor Corporation.

  • PAOLA ANTONELLI

    Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, MoMA

    PAOLA ANTONELLI

    Celebrated author and lecturer who was listed as one of the 100 most influential people of the art world by Surface magazine.

  • Jeanne Gang

    Founding principal and partner, Studio Gang

    Jeanne Gang

    Award-winning architect behind the Aqua Tower in Chicago. Named one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by TIME.

  • JOHN MAEDA

    Chief Experience Officer, Publicis Sapient

    JOHN MAEDA

    Design evangelist, TED talk speaker and former president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

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