LEXUS DESIGN
AWARDS

The Lexus Design Award 2017 is the 5th round of the annual international design competition targeting up-and-coming creators from around the world whose work contributes to shaping what's next.

Lexus Next present a unique opportunity for four of the selected finalists to work with globally recognized designers as mentor, with their design prototypes exhibited at Milan Design Week, one of the largest design events in the world.

This year's theme is YET. At Lexus, The YET philosophy is at the heart of Lexus' creative mindset. Where others might compromise, we harmonise. This year's applicants are encouraged to submit innovative designs and unique interpretations that are true to the essence of the theme.

For more details visit: Lexus Design Award website

WORKING WITH MENTORS

Four mentors - celebrated designers across different industries - will help four of the finalists to create prototypes of their designs to be exhibited at Milan Design Week 2017.

LYNDON NERI AND ROSANNA HU: ARCHITECHS AND INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGNERS

Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, cofounders of Neri and 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 and Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Neri and 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 and Hu recognises that contemporary problems relating to buildings extend beyond the boundaries of traditional architecture. Rather than starting from a formulaic design, Neri and Hu's work is anchored in the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form and light.

MAX LAMB: DESIGNER

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.

ELENA MANFERDINI: DESIGNER AND ARCHITECT

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 internationally renowned companies such as Swarovski, and Sephora 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.

SNARKITECTURE: ARTISTS AND ARCHITECTS

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.

JUDGES

TOYO ITO: Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect.
PAOLA ANTONELLI: Senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NYC.
ARIC CHEN: Design and architecture curator at Hong Kong's upcoming M+ Museum for visual culture.
BRIGIT LOHMANN: German-born industrial designer and co-founder and chief editor of designboom.com.
ALICE RAWSTHORN: Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and design critic for the New York Times and Frieze.
YOSHIHIRO SAWA: Held a number of design related positions since joining Toyota Motor Corporation and became Executive Vice President of Lexus International in April 2016.