Lexus International has announced its call for entries for the 2016 edition of the Lexus Design Award.

The Lexus Design Award launched in 2013 to foster the growth of ideas that can contribute to society while supporting up-and-coming creators from around the world.

The theme for Lexus Design Award 2016 is "Anticipation", in keeping with Lexus' ambition to develop products and services that anticipate 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.

Lexus Design Award 2016 provides an opportunity for 12 finalists and their works to receive an introduction to the design community and beyond at Milan Design Week 2016.

In addition, four of the finalists will develop prototypes of their designs while receiving support from globally recognised design mentors.

The maximum production budget allotted to the development of each prototype will also be increased to three million yen (approximately $A32,700).

The finalists will present their designs in the Lexus booth, after which the Grand Prix winner will be selected from among the four prototypes through final review by the judges.

Previous Lexus Design Award winners are actively displaying their talents around the world.

Examples include Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati's Sense-Wear, which was named the first ever Grand Prix winner in 2015.

Sense-Wear, a clothing and accessories collection designed to act as a form of therapy, has been exhibited in Tokyo and Moscow alongside the works of other 2015 finalists.

2015 panel finalist Yuzo Azu is now preparing his INSTAMP for commercial release at Lexus dealerships in Japan while Sebastian Scherer, whose work Iris was named one of the winners in 2014, has launched his own design label and exhibited at this year's Milan Design Week.

Mark Templin, executive vice president of Lexus International, said the Lexus Design Award promoted new design talent no matter the discipline.

"For Lexus Design Award 2015, finalists gave amazing presentations at the Milan Design Week," Mr Templin said.

"These helped make the award a huge success. Whatever the field of design, we encourage applicants for 2016 to submit their most creative ideas that are aligned with our theme of Anticipation."

Entries for the Lexus Design Award 2016 competition will be accepted from now until October 18.

The 12 finalists will be announced in early 2016.

Call for Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2016 Competition

Title Lexus Design Award 2016
Application period August 10 - October 18,2015
Theme Anticipation
Judging criteria

  • True to the essence of "Anticipation" with uniqueness in its interpretation
  • Consistent with the ideas of Lexus "DESIGN"


Paola Antonelli

Aric Chen

Toyo Ito

Birgit Lohmann

Alice Rawsthorn

Tokuo Fukuichi (Lexus International)


Neri & Hu

Max Lamb

Elena Manferdini


Award categories

Lexus Design Award 2016 - 12 finalists

  • One Grand Prix winner (selected from the four prototype winners)
  • Four prototype winners (selected from the 12 finalists)
  • Eight panel finalists


  • 12 finalists will be invited to Milan Design Week 2016
  • Four winners among the 12 finalists will receive up to three million yen each (approx. $A32,700) to cover prototype production costs. The four winners will create prototypes between January and March 2016, through sessions with their assigned mentors.
  • The four prototypes and eight panels will be exhibited at a Lexus exhibition space during Milan Design Week 2016.
  • Each of the 12 finalists will be asked to give a presentation at Milan Design Week 2016, after which a single Grand Prix winner will be named from among the four prototypes through final review by the judges.

*Note: Only one individual per entry will be invited, regardless of whether the winning works are submitted by an individual or a group.

Organiser Lexus International
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Judge and mentor profiles


Paola Antonelli / Curator
Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, as well as MoMA's Director of Research and Development. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by Thresholds. She has lectured at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has served on several international architecture and design juries. Her goal is to insistently promote understanding of design until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design, and on Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world, appreciated as examples of outstanding design.

Aric Chen / Curator
Originally from the United States, Chen is the newly appointed Curator of Design and Architecture at M+, the future museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. Before that, he served as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week in 2011 and 2012. He had earlier been an independent curator and design writer in New York, contributing to dozens of publications including The New York Times, Metropolis, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and PIN-UP.

Toyo Ito / Architect
Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965. His main works include: Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji), The Main Stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (Taiwan R.O.C). Under development are: Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (Taiwan R.O.C) and others. Among his many honours are the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize, Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition "NEXT" at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Birgit Lohmann / Chief Editor of designboom
Born in Hamburg, Lohmann studied industrial design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked since 1987. She worked as a designer and product development manager for a number of Italian architects and master designers. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities. In 1999, she co-founded designboom, where she is currently the Chief Editor, Head of Educational Programming and Curator for International Exhibitions.

Alice Rawsthorn / Design Commentator
Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International New York Times. Her weekly Design column, published every Monday, is syndicated to other media worldwide. Alice is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and the Michael Clark Dance Company, and chair of trustees at the Chisenhale Gallery. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed Hello World: Where Design Meets Life published by Hamish Hamilton, explores design's influence on our lives past, present and future.

Tokuo Fukuichi / President of Lexus International
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in art and design from Tama Art University. He has held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to his current position as the president of Lexus International.


Neri & Hu / Architects and Interdisciplinary Designers
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 recognises 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.

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, in Venice 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.