— Lexus International has announced its call for entries for the Lexus Design Award 2016. First launched in 2013 to foster the growth of ideas that can contribute to society, this international design competition aims to support up-and-coming creators from around the world.
The theme for the Lexus Design Award 2016 is "Anticipation". At Lexus, we strive to develop products and services by anticipating 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 twelve 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 recognized design mentors. The maximum production budget allotted to the development of each prototype will be increased to three million yen (around USD $ twenty four thousand). 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 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. Sebastian Scherer, whose work Iris was named one of the winners in 2014, has launched his own design label and exhibited at Milan Design Week 2015.
Mark Templin (Executive Vice President of Lexus International) said, "For Lexus Design Award 2015, finalists gave amazing presentations at the Milan Design Week. 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."
According to Takayuki Yoshitsugu, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, TOYOTA Motor Corporation, “Over the last three years, the Lexus Design Award has resulted in the discovery of many talented designers while providing a unique opportunity for finalists to benefit from the experience of being mentored by acclaimed designers and then exhibit their design prototypes at one of the design calendar's most important events. We look forward to the 2016 edition and experiencing new ideas from gifted designers all around the world. We would also like to acknowledge the support from our customers who have appreciated the novelty and fresh ideas that have emerged as a result of this award.”
Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2016 competition will be accepted from August 10 through October 18. The twelve finalists will be announced in early 2016.
*The world's largest design exhibition, also known as Salone Del Mobile, with numerous events including furniture, fashion and many world-renowned brands. The "Lexus – A Journey of the Senses" exhibit in 2015 earned high acclaim and won the "Best Entertaining" award at the "Milano Design Award" competition.
Details of participation in Lexus Design Award 2016 Competition
Lexus Design Award 2016
August 10 - October 18, 2015
- 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 , Snarkitecture
Lexus Design Award 2016 – Twelve finalists
- One Grand Prix winner (selected from the four prototype winners)
- Four prototype winners (selected from the twelve finalists)
- Eight panel finalists
- Twelve finalists will be invited to Milan Design Week 2016.*
- Four winners among the twelve finalists will receive up to three million yen (around USD $ twenty four thousand) each 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 twelve 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.
- Only one individual per entry will be invited, regardless of whether the winning works are submitted by an individual or a group.
In cooperation with
DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO
For more information, visit LexusDesignAward.com