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Amazing in Action

The work of a lifetime can be a lifetime’s work.

We’re inspired by great design and great performance. And by the people who invest their time and passion in perfecting their craft. That’s why we support innovators and innovations across a variety of pursuits -- from arts to architecture and from film to fashion - so that you can experience amazing in all of its facets.

DESIGN
AWARD
2021

AWARD THEME

ANTICIPATE.
INNOVATE.
CAPTIVATE.

Design for a Better Tomorrow

Lexus believes that great design can help build a better tomorrow. Since 2013, the Lexus Design Award has brought that belief to life, while supporting and nurturing the next generation of designers from around the world.

For 2021, the design challenge called for innovative ideas and transformative solutions that leverage technology - and in turn, contribute to society and help to shape a brighter future. Six finalists were selected from over 2,000 submissions from 66 countries, and invited to bring their ideas to life.

Each prototype is developed under the mentorship of our internationally recognized team of global designers.

2021 Lexus Design Award Winner Announcement

Lexus will select from it’s Finalists the winner of the 2021 Lexus Design Award and recipient of the Grand Prix Trophy. Stay tuned for details.

THE FINALISTS

Six Finalists were selected for their original and inventive solutions featuring a diverse range of innovative craftsmanship techniques, materials and applications. The Winner will receive the 2021 Grand Prix Trophy designed by Hideki Yoshimoto, the winner in the first Lexus Design Award in 2013 who has since become a successful London-based designer.

CY-BO

CY-BO is a new form of cytologically-inspired packaging material that can transform into various shapes by combining the pieces together. Infinitely reusable and rearrangeable, it can be converted into all manner of products for different applications depending on the ideas of the user.

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Heartfelt

Heartfelt aims to explore what ‘being present’ might look like during the age of a pandemic, and seeks to assist with the anxiety and emotional stresses of being alone through simple long-distance devices. "Small device, big heart."

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InTempo

InTempo are mitts to aid people facing emotional stress (e.g. Sociophobia) in public spaces / during public actions. Touching certain spots on the mitts to the rhythm of music may help a person to calm themselves down.

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KnitX

KnitX is a set of functional textiles computationally-integrated with digital knitting. The use of active and electronic fibers in the design enables garment and interior fabrics that dynamically respond to gesture and sunlight, change their appearance, and provide thermoregulation.

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Solar Desalination Skylight

A holistic approach to providing coastal informal settlements with water, energy and natural light. The design utilizes abundant solar energy and seawater to create a Solar Desalination Skylight. It emits a natural diffused light, produces drinking water, and utilizes leftover salt brine for energy creation.

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Terracotta Valley Wind

A terracotta evaporative cooling system that cools subway stations during summer and reduces energy consumption. Terracotta is an inexpensive and accessible clay material. Its nature allows water to quickly evaporate, while utilizing the unused wind resource in subway stations, maximizing the value of train-induced wind.

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mentors

Joe Doucet
Designer / Creative Director

A designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, Joe Doucet is one of the most sought-after creative talents working in America today. His work deftly hybridizes function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message. He has received numerous international awards, including a World Technology Award for Design Innovation and the 2017 Winner of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award as Product Designer.

Mariam Kamara
Principal Architect

Mariam Kamara is a Nigerien architect. In 2014, Kamara founded atelier masōmī, an architecture and research firm, tackling a wide variety of public, cultural, residential, commercial and urban design projects. Since 2018, Kamara has been Sir David Adjaye’s protégé under the Rolex Mentor Protégé program, and is a recipient for the 2019 Laureate of the Price Claus Award.

Sabine Marcelis
Designer

Sabine Marcelis is a Dutch designer who runs her practice from the harbor of Rotterdam. She recently won the prestigious Wallpaper awards ‘Designer of the year 2020’, The Elle Deco International Design award 2019 'Young designer of the year’ and GQ Middle East’s 2019 Breakthrough Artist of the year.

Sputniko!
Artist / Designer

Sputniko! is known for her film and multi-media installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. To date, she has had pieces included in the permanent collections of museums such as the V&A and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

JUDGES

Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator,
MoMA
Dong Gong
Founder / Design Principal,
Vector Architects
Greg Lynn
Architect / CEO,
Piaggio Fast Forward
Simon Humphries
Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Designs

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DESIGNER | Kenji Abe, Japan

Kenji Abe is a graduate of the Tama Art University Product Design Department, who now works as a product designer based in Tokyo. While designing imaging products professionally, he also pursues personal design activities. He is curious about creating a better tomorrow for humans, nature, animals and the earth, and wishes to propose beautiful solutions to the problems we face.

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DESIGNERS | Gayle Lee & Jessica Vea, New Zealand/Tonga

Gayle Lee and Jessica Vea are recent Bachelor of Creative Technologies graduates from Auckland University of Technology. They are passionate about creating meaningful products that help others and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between different fields and practices. They are hoping to start their Master of Creative Technologies degrees in 2021.

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DESIGNER | Alina Holovatiuk, Ukraine

Alina Holovatiuk is a young architect from Kyiv, Ukraine. She is currently continuing her studies and research at Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture in the Information Technologies in Architecture Department. Her approach to design is based on special attention to human emotions and their perception of the world.

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DESIGNER | Irmandy Wicaksono, Indonesia

Irmandy Wicaksono is an electrical and textile engineer and designer. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Responsive Environments, MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on developing soft and textile-based electronics for various applications ranging from health and well-being, human-computer interaction to interactive media and environments.

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DESIGNER | Henry Glagau, New Zealand - Austria

Henry Glogau is a New Zealander who recently graduated from the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark. His master’s degree specialized in Architecture and Extreme Environments, where he explored present and future global challenges in expeditions to diverse locations. Henry is now working as an Architect at GXN, the green innovation unit of 3XN.

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DESIGNERS | Intsui Design (Chenkai Guo, Baohua Sheng, Yilei Lyu, Yu Zhang), China

Intsui Design is a design group based in Tokyo. They are currently pursuing Master's degrees at Tama Art University in the Integrated Design department. They explore the relationship between subconscious human behaviors and design. Their design practice focuses on people's intuition and natural responses to objects and the environment.