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LEXUS DESIGN AWARDS 2018

LEXUS DESIGN AWARDS 2018

CONCEPT OF ’CO-’ INSPIRES LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018 – NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Continuing its commitment to a better world through design, Lexus International has once again opened entries for the Lexus Design Award 2018. Launched in 2013, the award is an international platform to identify and recognize the next generation of global creators and designers.  Every year, thousands of young creative talent from around the world aspire to be selected for the final round. Those twelve finalists and their works will be introduced to the design community and beyond at Milan Design Week 2018*, four of which will be mentored by established global designers and given a production budget of three million JPY (over $25K USD) to create actual prototypes.

In addition to the unique mentorship opportunity and global exposure, young designers are drawn to the Lexus Design Award by the inspiring theme that provides endless possibilities from a design perspective.    This year’s creative theme for the Lexus Design Award 2018 is "CO-," a Latin prefix meaning with or together in harmony. Lexus believes that great design can ensure the harmonious coexistence of nature and society. In that sense, “CO-" is an approach that allows the brand to explore its true potential and that of the environment by creating new possibilities through collaboration, coordination and connection. Now, young designers get their turn for "CO-" to inspire them to conceive a better world.


The Judges who assess the designs are globally recognized illustrious creators active in diverse design genres. Additionally, mentorship is provided by esteemed designers who share their know-how and provide hands-on support. They guide the selected candidates to express their full potential through the development of working prototypes of their innovative ideas.

During Milan Design Week*, all the finalists’ works will be displayed at the Lexus experiential space. Judges will then assess the four prototypes to choose the Grand Prix winner for 2018. Previous winners have gone on to enjoy success and further develop their ideas into viable products. 

The twelve finalists will be announced in early 2018.

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Introducing the mentors & judges for 2018

Judges

SHIGERY BAN / ARCHITECT

SHIGERY BAN / ARCHITECT

Shigeru Ban was born in Tokyo in 1957 and graduated from the Cooper Union. In 1982 he began working for Isozaki * Associates and went on to found Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. He was appointed consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. Since then he established the NGO, Voluntary Architects Network (VAN) to support disaster relief and received multiple Art and Design prizes.

SHIGERY BAN / ARCHITECT

SHIGERY BAN / ARCHITECT

Shigeru Ban was born in Tokyo in 1957 and graduated from the Cooper Union. In 1982 he began working for Isozaki * Associates and went on to found Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. He was appointed consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. Since then he established the NGO, Voluntary Architects Network (VAN) to support disaster relief and received multiple Art and Design prizes.

PAULA ANTONELLI / SENIOR CURATOR MOMA

PAULA ANTONELLI / SENIOR CURATOR MOMA

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. She has curated numerous shows, written several books, and lectured worldwide.

PAOLA ANTONELLI / SENIOR CURATOR MOMA

PAOLA ANTONELLI / SENIOR CURATOR MOMA

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. She has curated numerous shows, written several books, and lectured worldwide.

BIRGIT LOHMANN / CHIEF EDITOR OF DESIGNBOOM

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. In 1999, she co-founded designboom, where she is currently the Chief Editor, Head of Educational Programming and Curator for International Exhibitions.


BIRGIT LOHMANN / CHIEF EDITOR OF DESIGNBOOM

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. 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 / Design Commentator

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic, who has written about design for the New York Times for over a decade. Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s impact on our lives. Her next book, A Field Guide to Design, is to be published in spring 2018 as a survey of design today.  Alice speaks on design at important global events including TED and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings at Davos, Switzerland.

ALICE RAWSTHORN / Design Commentator

ALICE RAWSTHORN / Design Commentator

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic, who has written about design for the New York Times for over a decade. Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s impact on our lives. Her next book, A Field Guide to Design, is to be published in spring 2018 as a survey of design today.  Alice speaks on design at important global events including TED and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings at Davos, Switzerland.

Yoshihiro Sawa / President of Lexus International

Yoshihiro Sawa / President of Lexus International

Yoshihiro Sawa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Design from Kyoto Institute of Technology. He has held a number of design-related positions since joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980, including Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division. He became President of Lexus International in April 2017.

Yoshihiro Sawa / President of Lexus International

Yoshihiro Sawa / President of Lexus International

Yoshihiro Sawa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Design from Kyoto Institute of Technology. He has held a number of design-related positions since joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980, including Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division. He became President of Lexus International in April 2017.

Mentors

Formafantasma / Designer

Formafantasma / Designer

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They have developed a coherent body of work characterized by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.  Their work has been presented and published internationally and in prominent art museums around the world.

Formafantasma / Designer

Formafantasma / Designer

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They have developed a coherent body of work characterized by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.  Their work has been presented and published internationally and in prominent art museums around the world.

Sou Fujimoto / Architect

Sou Fujimoto / Architect

Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architectsin 2000. In 2016, he has won the 1st prize for “Pershing”, one of the sites in the French competition called 'Réinventer Paris', following the victories in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay's Ecole Polytechnique and the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellierin 2014.


Sou Fujimoto / Architect

Sou Fujimoto / Architect

Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architectsin 2000. In 2016, he has won the 1st prize for “Pershing”, one of the sites in the French competition called 'Réinventer Paris', following the victories in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay's Ecole Polytechnique and the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellierin 2014.


Lindsey Adelman / Designer

Lindsey Adelman / Designer

Decades before founding her eponymous studio, Lindsey Adelman was already designer — just not publicly so. First, she was simply a precarious, curious child, building endlessly in the backyards of suburban New York. Today, from her studios in New York and Los Angeles, she manipulates light to create fixtures that are as emotive as they are physically transformative — objects imbibed with their own history and meaning, often unselfconsciously so, that give color and texture and depth to the world around them.

Lindsey Adelman / Designer

Lindsey Adelman / Designer

Decades before founding her eponymous studio, Lindsey Adelman was already designer — just not publicly so. First, she was simply a precarious, curious child, building endlessly in the backyards of suburban New York. Today, from her studios in New York and Los Angeles, she manipulates light to create fixtures that are as emotive as they are physically transformative — objects imbibed with their own history and meaning, often unselfconsciously so, that give color and texture and depth to the world around them.

Jessica Walsh / Graphic Designer

Jessica Walsh / Graphic Designer

Jessica Walsh is a designer & art director working as a partner at NYC based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. She lectures about design at creative conferences and universities internationally and teaches design at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has won numerous awards from most major design competitions including Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, New York Festivals, D&AD, TDC Tokyo, and Graphis, among many others.


Jessica Walsh / Graphic Designer

Jessica Walsh / Graphic Designer

Jessica Walsh is a designer & art director working as a partner at NYC based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. She lectures about design at creative conferences and universities internationally and teaches design at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has won numerous awards from most major design competitions including Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, New York Festivals, D&AD, TDC Tokyo, and Graphis, among many others.

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