LEXUS TO FOSTER EMERGING DESIGN TALENT01/11/2012
- Lexus to foster and mentor emerging design talent in Australia and abroad
- Lexus International creates international design program
- Lexus Australia offers local design scholarship
- Lexus to support Tokyo Design Week
Lexus has launched a comprehensive scholarship and sponsorship program to support and foster emerging industrial design talent in Australia and overseas.
The Lexus Design Awards and Lexus Design Scholarship aim to provide a mentoring network and financial support for emerging designers.
Open to entries from today, the Lexus Design Awards will be conducted globally for designers who respond to the design brief of "motion".
Designers can submit entries via an online portal supported by industrial and design forum website, Designboom.
A panel of six judges, including the president of Lexus International Kiotaka Ise, will choose 10 finalists from all global entries.
These entrants will then be given the opportunity to attend Milan Design Week as a guest of Lexus.
Two winners will be selected from those 10 finalists and awarded a five million yen grant to cover prototype production costs to display their designs at Milan Design Week.
Two renowned designers will also act as mentors to the two finalists, providing support and feedback in the lead-up to the event in Milan.
Lexus Local Australian Design Scholarship with Melbourne Movement
Locally, Lexus Australia will also give emerging Australian design talent the support they need to reach their full potential via the Lexus Design Scholarship.
The Lexus Design Scholarship gives designers the chance to attend and showcase their work at the Lexus-sponsored Tokyo Designers Week while also receiving a behind-the-scenes look at Lexus' design facilities in Japan.
Lexus Australia will collaborate with Kjell Grant, RMIT design professor and founder of not-for-profit organisation Melbourne Movement, to oversee the scholarship.
Lexus Australia will provide $60,000 to the program over the three years.
"As a luxury marque, design and innovation is central to everything Lexus does - evident in the efforts of our master craftsmen, or 'Takumi'," said Lexus Australia chief executive, Tony Cramb.
"At a global level, the Lexus Design Awards bring together some of the world's most renowned design mentors to foster designers of the future.
"Locally, Lexus Australia will ensure that emerging design stars receive the opportunity they need to succeed via the Lexus Design Scholarship."
The announcement of the Lexus Design Awards and the Lexus Design scholarship coincides with the announcement of Lexus' support of Tokyo Designers Week.
Application details and opening dates for the Lexus Design Scholarship will be announced at a later date.
Further information can be found at http://www.lexus-global.com/design/lda
Call for Entries for Lexus Design Award 2012 Competition
|Applications||October 30, 2012 - December 31, 2012|
|Eligibility||Individual or group, and nationality|
|Judging Criteria||- Depth of understanding of the design concepts of the competition and a unique interpretation of those concepts.
|Judges||Paola Antonelli, Aric Chen, Jaime Hayon, Toyo Ito, Birgit Lohmann, Kiyotaka Ise (Lexus International president)|
|Mentors||Sam Hecht, Junya Ishigami|
- Ten entries will win awards. The creators of the awarded works will be invited to the Milan Design Week*.
- Two entries from the ten winners will receive up to five million yen each to cover prototype production costs. The designers of the two entries will create prototypes of their award winning designs between February and March 2013 through sessions with two assigned mentors.
- The two prototypes and also panel displays of the other eight winning entries will be exhibited in the Lexus space at the Milan Design Week in 2013.
|In cooperation with||designboom and D ESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO|
Through the designboom website (URL below)
|For more information||Visit http://www.lexus-global.com/design/lda|
|*In the case of individual applicants, the winner will be invited. In the case of group applicants, up to two people will be invited.|
Tokyo Designers Week
30 October - 7 November 2012
100,000 plus visitors
Tokyo Designers Week is an annual major design trade event that sees central Tokyo taken over by exhibitions, events and parties. The event features product design, interior design, art and graphic design and short films.
Design Hub at RMIT University
RMIT's Design Hub, designed by Sean Godsell Architects, is being developed to support and expand RMIT University's position as an internationally renowned leader in design education and research. Construction of the 12,000m2 facility will also strengthen Victoria's global reputation as a centre of design excellence and carve out a distinctive niche for Australian design in the global economy.
RMIT is a world leader in design research. The purpose of the Design Hub at RMIT University is to provide accommodation in one building for a diverse range of design research and post graduate education in the fields of fashion, architecture, aeronautical engineering, industrial design, landscape architecture and urban design. Its research and education programs will be enriched by and developed in consultation with industry members and will be characterised by a work-integrated and industry-embedded focus.
Melbourne Movement group is a talented mix of young Australian designers, determined to build an international reputation for cutting-edge Australian design. Melbourne Movement was founded in 1999 by Kjell Grant, an accomplished designer and professor of design at RMIT University.
For more than thirteen years, the not-for-profit organisation that has been taking emerging designers to the Milan Furniture Fair. Melbourne Movement also actively assists designers to commercialise their products. Melbourne Movement aims to make manufacturers, retailers and consumers become aware of the value of good design, and to promote the design excellence of young Australian designers.
Kjell Grant, at 85, is one of Australia's design legends. An accomplished designer and professor of design at RMIT University, his Montreal chair is a design classic. Grant has lived in Japan and was an early champion of designer Marc Newson and his commissions in Japan.
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Lexus has unveiled its LF-C2 concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The LF-C2 concept is a highly styled 2+2 layout, and was conceived as a pure and simple sports coupe. As a roadster concept, LF-C2 does not have any kind of top covering the cabin. The exterior styling of the LF-C2 was influenced by the way various surface shapes interact with different types of light. LF-C2 also features Lexus' recently adopted multi-layer paint process in golden yellow. Exterior design Designers created edges, planes and curvature that would allow the LF-C2 to exude a different character when seen from different angles and under different lighting conditions. This objective when combined with Lexus' layered paint process results in a striking interpretation of an open top luxury GT. The brilliant, golden yellow is produced by a multi-layer paint process. The first coat is a primer, followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects off the silver to give the brilliant lustre. A final top coat is then applied. The front fascia of the LF-C2 is highlighted by a more experimental expression of Lexus' signature spindle-shaped grille. The concept's grille features a refined braided mesh theme that displays Lexus' high level of craftsmanship and changes its appearance when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions. It sits between triangle-shaped LED headlights, a signature element of Lexus sports cars, and indicator lamps that initiate the character line of the LF-C2. The character line sweeps through the car's arrow-shaped body and ends at the abbreviated rear deck. Vents in the front bumper send cool air to the brakes and help manage airflow through the body to help keep the front end stable at high speed. The LF-C2's profile shows a swooping line from the car's front bumper fin to the steeply-angled A-pillar. Small vents in the side sills direct air to the rear brakes and out the fin-like rear diffusers. The rear end of the LF-C2 is highlighted by Lexus L-shaped taillight bulbs, an exhaust system with chrome-covered quad exhaust tips, and a new rear diffuser design. The concept's impactful stance is planted by five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Interior design LF-C2 treats its occupants to a luxurious and spacious cabin that matches the sporty exterior. The exterior extends into the cabin as the centre console originates from the rear deck and runs down the length of the cabin all the way to the dashboard. The dashboard design presents functional simplicity with an attractive-yet-straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by a remote touchpad on the centre console and a classically-styled analogue clock placed between the central air vents. The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel implies that this is a driver's car, as do the form-fitting seats. White-and-grey leather surfaces are soft to the touch while LED lights that run along the length of the interior below the windows. The inviting of the LF-C2 blends the open-air excitement that results from an eye-catching roadster blended with a heavy dose of Lexus luxury. Chief designer perspective: Yasuo Kajino "We've been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light. "When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before."