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: –
|Goula/Figuera (Alvaro Fernandez-Goula and Pablo Figuera)
|Dear Cai (Dong Bo Chai and Zong Han Tsai)
|Tangent (Hideki (Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono)
|Making porcelain with A ORIGAMI
|Natural Motion for Natural Music
|Zhufei (Zhu Fei and Zhu Tian Hui)
|The drinking fountain
|Atelier Opa (Yuki (Sugihara, Toshihiko Suzukli and Munetaka Ishikawa)
|Weaving a Home
More details can be found on the global Lexus website at www.lexus-global.com.