- LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016
- First launched in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is an international design competition that targets up-and-coming creators from around the world. The award seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting creators whose works can help to shape a better future. It provides an unique opportunity for 4 finalists to work with globally recognized designers as mentors. Their design prototypes will then be exhibited at one of the design calendar’s most important event.
CALL FOR ENTRIES FROM MARK TEMPLIN LEXUS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
THEME for 2016
At Lexus, we strive to develop products and services by anticipating the needs of people and society. This year’s applicants are encouraged to submit innovative designs and unique interpretations that are true to the essence of the theme.
- 12 entrants will be selected as finalists to deliver presentations on their exhibited works at Milan Design Week 2016
- 4 of those finalists will be provided with up to 3 million yen each to work with a world-class mentor to create a physical prototype of their design
- The Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award will be selected from among the 4 finalists through final review by a panel of judges
APPLICATIONSAUGUST 10TH 2015 – October 18TH 2015
WORKING WITH MENTORS
4 mentors – celebrated designers across different industries – will help 4 of the finalists to create prototypes of their designs to be exhibited at Milan Design Week 2016.
Architects and Interdisciplinary DesignersLyndon 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.READ MOREwww.neriandhu.com
A modern day artificer, Max Lamb is a product and 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 of Art 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.READ MOREwww.maxlamb.org
Designer and ArchitectElena Manferdini
Elena Manferdini, founder and owner of Atelier Manferdini, with offices in Italy and California, has completed design, art and architectural projects in the United States, Europe and Asia including the Pavilion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her firm has collaborated with such internationally renowned companies as Saworski, Sephora, and BMW and her work has been featured in journals and publications including Elle, Vogue and the New York Times. Currently Graduate Chair at the Southern California Institute of Architecture she exhibits internationally and lectures widely having spoken at MIT, Princeton, Tsinghua University and Bauhaus. She was recently awarded the 2013 COLA Fellowship to support the production of original artwork. In 2011 she received a prestigious annual grant from United States Artists (USA) and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award.READ MOREwww.ateliermanferdini.com
Artists and ArchitectsSnarkitecture
In 2008 Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen founded Snarkitecture, a collaborative and experimental practice operating in territories between art and architecture. Sharing a mutual interest in the intersection of art and architecture since their student days together at Cooper Union in New York, their first commission was for Dior Homme. Deriving its name from Lewis Carroll’s fanciful poem “The Hunting of the Snark”, Snarkitecture designs permanent, architectural scale projects and functional objects with new and imaginative purposes, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with the surrounding environment. Transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.READ MOREwww.snarkitecture.com
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD IN MILANapril 2016
Milan Design Week is the world’s largest design exhibition, also known as Salone Del Mobile, with numerous events including furniture, fashion and many world-renowned brands. Previous winners and finalists exhibit their works at renowned venues around the world including New York, Moscow and Tokyo, while one of 2014’s winners, Sebastian Scherer returned to Milan Design Week to exhibit his own label.
Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect.
Senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NYC.
Design and architecture curator at Hong Kong's upcoming M+ Museum for visual culture.
CHIEF EDITOR OF DESIGNBOOMBIRGIT LOHMANN
German-born industrial designer and co-founder and chief editor of designboom.com.
DESIGN COMMENTATORALICE RAWSTHORN
Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and design critic for the New York Times and Frieze.
PRESIDENT OF LEXUS INTERNATIONALTOKUO FUKUICHI
Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to his current position as the President of Lexus International.
- “With winning the Lexus Design Award 2014 everything changed.”
- Sebastian Scherer(Germany)
Success at the LDA helped Sebastian to find an investor and found his own furniture brand NEO/CRAFT.www.sebastianscherer.com
- “For a young, independent designer, prototyping a product and getting exposure for it are the biggest challenges – the LDA helped us overcome those.”
- tangent:(Japan, UK)
After the LDA, and exhibiting at various international events, tangent design and invention ltd was set up to sell products including INAHO.www.tangent.uk.com
- “We gained a lot of international media exposure since this award.”
- Skipping Rocks Lab (Spain, France, UK)
Ooho! gained widespread coverage in popular international media including Business Insider, Mashable, Excite News and Huffington Post.www.skippingrockslab.com