Lexus Announces Winners Of The First Lexus Design Award

6 March 2013

An expert jury has selected the winners in the first global Lexus Design Award, the competition having attracted more than 1,200 entries from around the world. Such was the quality of the submissions, all on the theme of Motion, the judges agreed to out forward 12 rather than the 10 initially proposed for inclusion in Lexus’s presentation at this year’s Milan Design Week.

Among the dozen winners, two will go forward develop their ideas into prototypes, working with internationally renowned designers as mentors and receiving funding support as part of their prize.

Product designer Sam Hecht selected INAHO, an array of freestanding lamps with bulbs shaped like ears of rice (inaho in Japanese), created by Tangent studio’s Hideki Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono.

Architect Junya Ishigami will be working with Hitomi Iragashi to develop a collection of porcelain items made using origami moulds.

Lexus will display the prototype works and details of all the other 10 winning concepts in an exhibition at the Museo della Permanante in Milan during the city’s design week, running from 10 to 14 April. The winners will be presented with trophies at an awards reception to be held the evening before the exhibition opening.


The full list of winners: –

Title Designer Name Country
Bscooter Goula/Figuera (Alvaro Fernandez-Goula and Pablo Figuera) Spain
Calm Kayak Mani Zamani Iran
FLY Dear Cai (Dong Bo Chai and Zong Han Tsai) Taiwan
INAHO Tangent (Hideki (Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono) Japan
KLAVA lamp Rudi Davi Italy
Making porcelain with A ORIGAMI Hitomi Igarashi Japan
Natural Motion for Natural Music Moonchul Kim Korea
Slides Bridge Zhufei (Zhu Fei and Zhu Tian Hui) China
The drinking fountain Atelier Opa (Yuki (Sugihara, Toshihiko Suzukli and Munetaka Ishikawa) Japan
Tumbleweed Desert Shlomi Mir Israel
Weaving a Home Abeer Seikaly Canada/Jordan
World Clock Masafumi Ishikawa Japan


More details can be found on the global Lexus website at


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