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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD2015

The Lexus Design Award was created in 2013 to support up and coming creators. By offering the chance to work with a worldclass designer and have a prototype realized, the award hopes to provide a unique opportunity unlike any other. As the Lexus Design Award is open to everyone, we always seek to provide themes that can be interpreted across a wide range of disciplines. So far, award winners have explored motion and curiosity with the likes of British product designer Sam Hecht, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, American game designer Robin Hunicke and Taiwan’s Arthur Huang.

CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM MARK TEMPLIN LEXUS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

AWARD THEME

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Senses are intrinsic to life: they are what allow us to perceive the world. Taking this purposefully broad theme, considering seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting, we open ourselves up to a wide range of possibilities.

This theme is particularly relevant to Lexus, as the whole driving experience is about senses: from seeing the striking exterior design of our cars, to hearing the sound of our finely tuned engines and feeling the sensation of our steering wheel when you round a corner. Everything is engaged. By considering this array of examples we seek to appeal to our customers’ senses in an ever-unique manner.

The Lexus Design Award has always chosen themes that encourage broad thinking. Senses takes this a step further, being a theme that we hope will lead to responses that explore the five senses in pioneering ways.

AWARD PRIZE

  • 12 FINALISTS WILL BE INVITED TO MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2015.
  • FOUR OF THE 12 FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE UP TO 2.5 MILLION YEN EACH TO DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE OF THEIR DESIGN THROUGH SESSIONS WITH AN ASSIGNED MENTORBETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH 2015.
  • THE FOUR PROTOTYPES AND EIGHT PANELS WILL BEEXHIBITED AT THE LEXUS EXHIBITION DURING MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2015.
  • EACH OF THE FOUR PROTOTYPE WINNERS WILL BE ASKED TO PRESENT AT MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2015, AFTER WHICH A SINGLE GRAND PRIX WINNER WILL BE NAMED.

NOTE: ONLY ONE INDIVIDUAL PER ENTRY WILL BE INVITED, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE WINNING ENTRIES ARE SUBMITTED BY AN INDIVIDUAL OR A GROUP.

APPLICATIONS

The application period is now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

Winners will be notified by the end of December 2014 and additional Panel Finalists will be notified in January 2015. Winners and finalists will be announced online around the end of January 2015.

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On November 24, the mentors and judges for the 2015 Lexus Design Award gathered at INTERSECT BY LEXUS Tokyo for the final screening of the submitted works.
Submissions came from 72 countries across the globe.

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The judges and mentors had a constructive session, discussing both the concept and potential of each submission.
Based on interviews, each mentor will then select a mentee with whom they will develop a prototype for display at Milan Design Week 2015.

The winning pieces will be announced at the end of January 2015.

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MENTORS

Arthur-Huang

ARCHITECT | ENGINEER

ARTHUR HUANG

Educated in Cornell University’s B-ARCH and Harvard’s Graduate M-Arch II programs, Huang developed a multi-disciplinary maker-doer ethos at a young age inspired by history, structural engineering and biology. With no industry precedents in sight, he decided to start a company to pioneer the transformation of universally accepted carbon minimizing concepts into physical products/materials. Huang established MINIWIZ in 2005 in New York and in 2006 in Hong Kong. Since then, the company has grown into an international eco-material, building-module and design company.

Robin-Hunicke

GAME DESIGNER

ROBIN HUNICKE

Educated in Cornell University’s B-ARCH and Harvard’s Graduate M-Arch II programs, Huang developed a multi-disciplinary maker-doer ethos at a young age inspired by history, structural engineering and biology. With no industry precedents in sight, he decided to start a company to pioneer the transformation of universally accepted carbon minimizing concepts into physical products/materials. Huang established MINIWIZ in 2005 in New York and in 2006 in Hong Kong. Since then, the company has grown into an international eco-material, building-module and design company.

Neri-and-Hu

ARCHITECTS AND INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGNERS

LYNDON NERI & ROSSANA HU

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, cofounders of Neri&Hu Design and Research based in Shanghai, have been working on projects around the world which incorporate overlapping design disciplines to create a new paradigm in architecture. In 2014, Wallpaper* announced Neri&Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. Neri&Hu believes strongly that research is a key design tool as each project brings its own unique set of contextual issues. Providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic and product design services, Neri&Hu recognizes that contemporary problems relating to buildings extend beyond the boundaries of traditional architecture. Rather than starting from a formulaic design, Neri&Hu’s work is anchored in the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form and light.

Max-Lamb

DESIGNER

MAX LAMB

A modern day craftsman, Max Lamb is a furniture designer whose design sensibility is informed by his extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques, respect for materials, and skill as a maker. A native of Cornwall, Max has been tinkering with objects and engaging with the physical landscape since he was a small boy, a curiosity that led to an MA in Design Products at the Royal College and subsequently the foundation of his workshop-based design practice. Max explores both traditional and unconventional materials and processes, blending experimentation and rationale to create furniture and products that are both honest and intelligible. Max teaches Design Products at the Royal College of Art and runs regular design workshops for companies and institutions around the world.

JUDGES

Toyo-Ito

ARCHITECT
TOYO ITO

Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect.

Paola-Antonelli

CURATOR
PAOLA ANTONELLI

Senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design at MOMA, NYC.

Aric-Chen

CURATOR
ARIC CHEN

Design and architecture curator at Hong Kong’s upcoming M+ Museum for visual culture.

Birgit-Lohmann

CHIEF EDITOR OF DESIGNBOOM
BIRGIT LOHMANN

German-born industrial designer and co-founder and editor of designboom.com.

Tokuo-Fukuichi

PRESIDENT, LEXUS INTERNATIONAL
TOKUO FUKUICHI

Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to his current position as the president of Lexus International.

Alice-Rawsthorn

DESIGN COMMENTATOR
ALICE RAWSTHORN

Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and design critic for the New York Times and Frieze.

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