Lexus Design Award 2014

Lexus Design Award 2014 challenges designers from across the world to solve pertinent issues through design. An opportunity for young innovators to showcase their works while receiving feedback from world-renowned professionals in the area of design, the 2014 competition received 1,157 submissions from 72 countries between August and October 2013.

The 2014 theme was “Curiosity.” After careful consideration by six judges, 12 winners were selected. Information on their works, along with prototypes developed in close collaboration with mentors Arthur Huang and Robin Hunicke, was displayed at Milan Design Week in April. Learn more about these works as well as the mentors and judges below.

At Lexus, we spend a great deal of our time thinking about the serious matter of how to improve our designs and their impact on the world. It is also important that what we produce remains exhilarating for our customers. Applying our curiosity in a creative manner can result in unexpected innovations that change lives. Curiosity is the theme for Lexus Design Award 2014, and one that we hope challenged and inspired this year's entrants.

PROTOTYPE WINNERS

Iris

The glass lamp Iris is made of a handblown crystal sphere, shimmering in different colours from every angle. An inspiring luminary piece.

  • DESIGNER
    Sebastian Scherer
  • DESIGNER MENTOR
  • MENTOR
    Robin Hunicke

Macian

This den building kit is a collection of simple components; which serve a purpose to help the user engage in systematic creativity by constructing ideas using the environment.

  • DESIGNER
    James Fox
  • DESIGNER MENTOR
  • MENTOR
    Arthur Huang

AWARD WINNERS

  • Iris
    Iris
    Iris
    Iris
    Iris

    Iris

    The glass lamp Iris is made of a handblown crystal sphere, shimmering in different colours from every angle. An inspiring luminary piece.

    Sebastian Scherer
    Sebastian Scherer
    Germany
    www.sebastianscherer.com

    Berlin based interior designer Sebastian Scherer attracted international attention with his x-chair in 2010 and was nominated for the Design Preis der Bundesrepublik in 2012 with his Aluminium Series.

    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MENTOR ROBIN HUNICKE

  • Macian
    Macian
    Macian
    Macian
    Macian

    Macian

    Macian is a den building kit comprised of a collection of simple components which serve the purpose of helping the user engage in systematic creativity by constructing ideas using the environment.

    James Fox
    James Fox
    UK
    www.foxjames.com

    James’ process takes a human-centered approach to design. This is visualized through the designer’s tool kit, which communicates assistance to the needs of people, opportunities and experiences.

    BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MENTOR ARTHUR HUANG

  • E-Wheel
    E-Wheel
    E-Wheel

    E-Wheel

    E-Wheel offers a new cutting-edge design for electric-assist bicycles. The E-Wheel can be integrated into conventional or folding bicycles and also uses wireless technology for remote control and battery charging.

    Phuoc Nguyen
    Phuoc Nguyen
    Vietnam
    https://grabcad.com/phuoc.nguyen-1

    Phuoc Nguyen is a 4th year student at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam, studying Mechanical Design Engineering, interested in the motion of things that inspire innovative ideas.

  • Flynote
    Flynote
    Flynote

    Flynote

    Flynote is a revolutionary record-player linking past and future. It uses new technologies to reproduce sound quality that can only be achieved with vinyl

    alDith - Aldo De Carlo, Judith Ccasa Caceres
    alDith
    Aldo De Carlo, Judith Ccasa Caceres
    Italy
    http://the-folder.tumblr.com

    alDith a partnership between architecture students Aldo De Carlo and Judith Ccasa Caceres, young designers seeking ways to make their passions into a career.

  • Ooho!
    Ooho!
    Ooho!

    Ooho!

    "Ooho!" encapsulates water within a double gelatinous membrane using the culinary technique of spherification. It creates a new alternative packaging, which is simple, cheap, resistant, hygienic, biodegradable, and even edible.

    Skipping Rocks Lab - Rodrigo García González,ierre Paslier, Guillaume Couche
    Skipping Rocks Lab
    Spain
    Skipping Rocks Lab : www.skippingrockslab.com
    Rodrigo García González (Spain) : www.ideactionary.eu
    Pierre Paslier (France) : www.pierrepaslier.com
    Guillaume Couche (France) : www.guillaumecouche.com

    Pierre Paslier, Guillaume Couche, and Rodrigo García González founded “Skipping Rocks Lab” in New Zealand. Today they are based in London in the Innovation Design Engineering Department at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art..

  • PAUSE
    PAUSE
    PAUSE

    PAUSE

    Pause is a radical design that redefines the perception of time. The concept brings together time-telling devices from different eras to create a playful yet potent design.

    Stuti & Rajeev - Stuti Mazumdar, Rajeev Dave
    Stuti & Rajeev
    Stuti Mazumdar, Rajeev Dave
    India

    Stuti & Rajeev are students of design with unconventional backgrounds, bringing different perspectives to the design process that make their concepts unique. They design for fun and to bring innovation to everyday life.

  • Sky Lighthouse.
    Sky Lighthouse.
    Sky Lighthouse.

    Sky Lighthouse.

    Sky Lighthouse contains the blue color of the sky, the red color of sunset, and the beautiful gradient of color in between. The colors of this lighting object represent a whole spectrum of "natural phenomena."

    Yoshiki Matsuyama
    Yoshiki Matsuyama
    Japan
    http://yoshikimatsuyama.com/

    Born in Yokosuka City, Japan in 1987, Yoshiki Matsuyama founded “Ateliers Yoshiki Matsuyama” in 2011 and has worked as an in-house designer for major electronics manufacturers from 2012 to present day.

  • DICECOVER
    DICECOVER
    DICECOVER
    DICECOVER

    DICECOVER

    Dicecover is a sensor-based dice board designed to excite our innate curiosity, stimulate our playful nature, and invite us to discover more about our multidimensional planet.

    Mansour Ourasanah
    Mansour Ourasanah
    USA

    Mansour Ourasanah is a US-based designer with a passion for storytelling. His work tackles complex social problems through poetic solutions that improve our daily experiences and deepen our understanding of the world in which we live.

  • Game of Space
    Game of Space
    Game of Space

    Game of Space

    Game of Space gives users of the structure a sense of the flow of time. The arrangement and order of the walls give a feeling of constant flux within static homogeneity.

    IAO-architecture - Nan Lei, Xinyi Wang
    IAO-architecture
    Nan Lei, Xinyi Wang
    China
    www.iao-architecture.com

    IAO architecture endeavors to pursue architecture with specificity towards time and place, cultural relevance towards traditional Asian aesthetics, and a retrospect towards daily experience.

  • JoyCarpet
    JoyCarpet

    JoyCarpet

    JoyCarpet is an interactive carpet that helps babies develop their potential. It uses flashing lights for attraction and sound as a reward to make babies love to crawl more.

    Meng-Ling Yang
    Meng-Ling Yang
    Taiwan
    http://menglingyang.tumblr.com

    Yang Meng-ling is an industrial designer with 4 years experience who graduated from Domus Academy (Italy) and NCKU (Taiwan). She focuses on the relationship between products and humans. Now, her field extends into interaction design.

  • PIXIMOT

    Piximot is an interactive screen of rotating wooden cubes that simplifies the surrounding environment by forming a pixelated moving image, provoking intrigue and curiosity in the viewer.

    MAMIKIM & Co. - Mami Kim, Joe Hardy
    MAMIKIM & Co.
    Mami Kim, Joe Hardy
    UK
    www.mamikim.com

    MAMIKIM & Co. is a London based design practice founded in 2012.
    By turning mundane objects into playful & interactive products their work has both immediate and long-term appeal, with a fundamental appreciation for good craftsmanship.

  • Crane
    Crane
    Crane

    Crane

    Crane, a bookshelf, allows lightness and movement within it. Placing or picking up a book creates a gentle swaying of the construction and a playful interaction between person and object.

    Magenta - Ronen Bavly, Ornit Arnon
    Magenta
    Ronen Bavly, Ornit Arnon
    Israel
    MAGENTAWORKSHOP.COM

    Magenta is a product design and manufacturing company.
    Their products are the outcome of a creative dialogue between designers and craftsmen.
    They are drawn to the primitive character of objects and aim to maintain the presence of material in it.

  • E-Wheel
  • Flynote
  • Ooho!
  • PAUSE
  • Sky Lighthouse.
  • DICECOVER
  • Game of Space
  • JoyCarpet
  • PIXIMOT
  • Crane

Mentors

  • ARCHITECT | ENGINEERARTHUR HUANG

    Educated in Cornell University's B-ARCH and Harvard's Graduate M-Arch II programs, Huang developed a multi-disciplinary maker-doer ethos at a young age inspired by history, structure engineering and biology. With no industry precedents in sight, he decided to start a company to pioneer the transformation of universally accepted carbon minimizing concepts into physical products/materials. Huang established MINIWIZ in 2005 in New York and in 2006 in Hong Kong. Since then, the company has grown into an international eco-material, building-module and design company.

  • GAME DESIGNERROBIN HUNICKE

    Robin Hunicke is a game designer and producer, with a background in fine art, computer science and applied game studies. Her titles include the award-winning PSN downloadable title, Journey, Steven Spielberg's Boom Blox series for the Nintendo Wii, MySims, and The Sims2. In the fall of 2012, she co-founded Funomena, an independent game development studio in San Francisco. Recognized as an influential Woman in Games, Robin is an evangelist for diversity of thought and participation in game design and game culture. She promotes the MDA approach to game design, co-organizes the annual Experimental Gameplay Workshop, has chaired the IndieCade Festival of independent games.

AWARD PRIZE

  • Twelve entries to the 2014 Lexus Design Award won awards and an invitation to Milan Design Week 2014. Two entries received mentorship and up to five million yen each to cover prototype production costs. These two prototypes, along with panel displays of the other ten winning entries were then exhibited at Lexus Design Amazing 2014 in Milan.

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Judges

  • Curator, Paola Antonelli

    CuratorPaola Antonelli

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    Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, as well as MoMA's Director of Research and Development. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by Thresholds. She has lectured the World Economic Forum in Davos, and she has served on several international architecture and design juries. Her goal is to insistently promote understanding of design, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design; and on Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world, appreciated as examples of outstanding design.

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  • Curator, Aric Chen

    CuratorAric Chen

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    Originally from the United States, Chen is the newly appointed Curator of Design and Architecture at M+, the future museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. Before that, he served as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week in 2011 and 2012. He had earlier been an independent curator and design writer in New York, contributing to dozens of publications including The New York Times, Metropolis, Fast Company, Architectural Record, and PIN-UP.

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  • Chief editor of designboom, Birgit Lohmann

    Chief Editor of designboomBirgit Lohmann

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    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. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities. In 1999, she co-founded designboom, where she is currently the Chief Editor, Head of Educational Programming and Curator for International Exhibitions.

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  • Architect, Toyo Ito

    ArchitectToyo Ito

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    Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965. Main Works: Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji), The Main Stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung (Taiwan R.O.C). Under development: Multimedia Complex on the site of Gifu University's School of Medicine (tentative), Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (Taiwan R.O.C), etc. Among his many honors are Architectural Institute of Japan Prize, Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement from the 8th International Architecture Exhibition "NEXT" at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects and The Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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  • DESIGN CRITIC , Alice Rawsthorn

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    Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International New York Times. Her weekly Design column - published every Monday - is syndicated to other media worldwide. Alice is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and the Michael Clark Dance Company, and chair of trustees at the Chisenhale Gallery. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life", published by Hamish Hamilton, explores design's influence on our lives: past, present and future.

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  • President of Lexus International , Tokuo Fukuichi

    Lexus International PresidentTokuo Fukuichi

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    Graduated with a bachelor's degree in art and design, from Tama Art University. He has successfully held various positions in many design related divisions of Toyota Motor Corporation, leading to his current position as the President of Lexus International.

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