The 12 finalists for the prestigious Lexus Design Award 2018 have been announced on 31 January 2018. Now in its sixth year, the design competition invites young designers to propose ideas based on this year’s theme “CO-“, derived from the Latin prefix meaning “with or together in harmony”. “CO-” explores the possibilities of how design can seek solutions and overcome barriers for a range of global challenges by harmonious integration of nature and society. 

This year’s installment involved an unprecedented level of participation attracting over 1300 entries from 68 countries. 

Twelve finalists were chosen after considerable deliberation by a panel of prestigious judges. Among the 12 finalists, four, listed below, were selected to prototype their designs under the guidance and mentorship of an elite team of established creators: Lindsey Adelman, Jessica Walsh, Sou Fujimoto and Formafantasma.

DIGITALAB - Brimet Fernandes da Silva & Ana Trindade Fonseca (Portugal)


A system connecting cork thread, a sustainable material and computational process that generates design products. Mentored by Lindsey Adelman.

aesthetid - Paul Yong Rit Fui & Jaihar Jailani Bin Ismail (Malaysia)

Honest Egg

Connecting Technology (Intelligent Ink Pigment) and Design (Indicator) to show egg’s edibility. Mentored by Jessica Walsh

Eriko Yokoi (Japan)

Recycled Fiber Planter

Co-fusion textile and green design to repurpose used clothes. Mentored by Sou Fujimoto.

Extrapolation Factory - Christopher Woebken (Germany) & Elliott P. Montgomery (USA)

Testing Hypotheticals

A collaboratively imagined test site that explores speculative relationships between society, technology and the environment. Mentored by Formafantasma.

The four prototypes and detailed presentation boards from the other eight finalists’ designs will be showcased as part of the Lexus Design Event at this year’s Milan Design Week in April. The 12 finalists will present their work to the judging panel and international media. Following the presentation, a Grand Prix Winner will be selected.

Lexus Design Award

More information can be found on the Lexus Design Award website.