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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A clothing and accessories collection designed to act as a form of therapy has been announced as the Grand Prix winner of the 2015 Lexus Design Award at Milan Design Week - the world's largest design exhibition. Sense-wear, created by Dubai-based designers Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, was chosen as the winner of the competition among four Grand Prix finalists and eight panel finalists by the Lexus Design Award elite judging panel. 2015 marks the third year of the Lexus Design Award but the first time a Grand Prix winner has been nominated. The four finalists for the Grand Prix prize were specially selected from the 12 finalists in the 2015 Lexus Design Award to create a prototype of their project with mentoring from renowned designers. Corti and Parati received mentoring from Robin Hunicke, an American video game designer and producer who has a background in fine art, computer science and applied game studies. Lexus International president Tokuo Fukuichi, who sits on the elite judging panel, presented the award to the winners during a ceremony at the Lexus space at the Milan Design Week event on Monday. Judges said Sense-Wear best captured the theme of this year's awards, 'Senses', which is based on seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting. "It is very rare to find a design project which is joyous, formally seductive and fulfils such an important function by developing clothing that can act as a form of therapy for people with autism, Tourette syndrome and other special needs," said Paola Antonelli, who sits on the judging panel and is also senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design at MOMA NYC. The Lexus Design Award is an international design competition that fosters the growth of ideas that contribute to society and supports up-and-coming creators whose work can contribute to shaping a better future. 1171 submissions for the 2015 Lexus Design Award were received from 72 countries during the application period, which ended in November last year. The Grand Prix finalist prototypes and concepts of the eight panel finalists are on display at the Lexus space at Milan Design Week, which opened overnight. The Lexus space, called Lexus - A Journey of the Senses, was created by world-renowned space designer Philippe Nigro with collaboration from acclaimed chef Hajime Yoneda. In addition to the Lexus Design Award finalist submission exhibits it will feature a special display of the LF-SA concept, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last month, and a unique tasting experience.