LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016

The Lexus Design Award 2016 is the 4th round of the annual international design competition targeting up-and-coming creators from around the world whose work contributes to shaping a better future.

The award is a unique opportunity for four of the selected finalists to work with globally recognized designers as mentor, with their design prototypes exhibited at Milan Design Week, one of the largest design events in the world.

Read more about the activities that make up the Lexus Design Award below or about previous years' Lexus Design Awards and Lexus Design Events at Milan.

THEME FOR 2016 ANTICIPATION

“…anticipating the needs of people and society.”

The theme for 2016 was Anticipation. At Lexus, we strive to develop products and services by anticipating the needs of people and society. Applicants were encouraged to submit innovative designs and unique interpretations that are true to the essence of the theme.

TIMELINE

Follow the timeline of events for the Lexus Design Award 2016 event from the invitation for applications through to the Grand Prix selection at Milan Design Week.

Out of the 1,232 works submitted from 73 countries, 12 entries were chosen. 4 of these finalists produced prototypes of their designs under the mentorship of globally recognized creators. These prototypes were then featured as part of the Lexus exhibition at this year's Milan Design Week, along with panel presentations from the other 8 finalists.

GRAND PRIX WINNER

Of the 4 finalists, AMAM was awarded the Grand Prix winner of the Lexus Design Award 2016 for their prototype, AGAR PLASTICITY.

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PROTOTYPE WINNERS

  • DADA

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    DADA is a block toy which can be freely combined using bands, holes, and pegs to stimulate each child's imagination.

    "Children have wild imagination, so every child has their own unique world. They tell their stories with passion. Toys are products they can use to express their world. But existing toy blocks have fixed forms and standardized connecting structures. They limit children's imagination. What if children could make toy creatures using various blocks that correspond to their anticipation? They would create works that reflect their inner self using unique colors and shapes. DADA blocks develop children's sensibility. Familiar objects can be connected through banding, putting in the holes, allowing children to create whatever they want and choose their own combination methods. A roll-up bag makes it easy for them to bring the blocks outside. They can simply unfold the bag to play. DADA is a simple block kit. But it can be turned into various forms with the children's anticipation. Children choose various blocks to create various objects. The blocks can also help them anticipate the future."

    Myungsik Jang

    Myungsik Jang KOREA

    Designer Myungsik Jang pursues natural shapes and flexible views. He is inspired from things surrounding him like nature and animals. He wants to tell stories through his work involving vitality. His work is based on craft and bricolage designs.

    Neri and Hu
    MentorNeri and Hu
    “We expect this mentorship and collaboration to be quite remarkable. We want to make sure that the final product in Milan is something we would be proud of, he would be proud of and Lexus would be proud of. The most important thing is that, we are hoping what started as a very simple idea will surprise and maybe provoke people in Milan.”
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  • Shape Shifters

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    Shape Shifters

    Shape Shifters is a special cut of garment, applying modular principles to textiles, which allows creating different outfits.

    "Currently, fashion houses showcase four to six collections annually, with various offerings throughout each collection displaying redundancy in fabrication and silhouette, led me to question how to innovate within this realm; anticipating development of intelligent and adaptable construction that embeds shape change. Building upon my MA in Material Futures from Central Saint Martins, as a platform for exploration, Shape Shifters displays how modular principles can create dynamic garments with embedded silhouette versatility. Specifically, focus is placed on the linking of modular components via hinge-based systems. This provides the wearer freedom to configure the garment's silhouette based on style preference. I believe this will enrich people's lives by providing an adaptable garment that will serve a variety of purposes; minimizing consumption whilst maximizing individuality. Specifically, the garment system evokes a sense of play, while offering active participation in design and encouraging positive self-image. My technical background in Fashion Design [B. Des (Hons) from Ryerson University [Canada]]. Throughout the research and development of the project, traditional construction techniques were utilized via industrial machinery. Adobe platforms were explored to develop laser cut files for initial prototypes. Sampling also included the use of Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology, where multi-materials of various rigidities were utilized to test if the textile could be printed in one process and remove the assembly component of the procedure. The project's main discovery was that 3d printing technology is not a suitable replacement for the ‘textile,’ as friction at hinge points impaired movability in even the most flexible 3d print materials available today. This discovery led me back to more traditional methods for the full-scale initial prototypes, where the intersection of natural and man-made materials, followed by passive hinge systems allowed for silhouette variability and comfort on the body."

    Angelene Laura Fenuta

    Angelene Laura Fenuta CANADA

    Angelene Laura Fenuta, founded ANGELËNE in 2015, during her Masters in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins. Her practice interrogates fashion, while attempting to discover a more 'sustainable' option. ANGELËNE builds upon core female wardrobe components, while being inspired by architectural construction and 18th century aristocratic dress. Her work has since been featured in FRAME magazine.

    Elena Manferdini
    MentorElena Manferdini
    “As a mentee she seemed to have the will to challenge her own limitation. My selection was not dictated only by my interest in her project but much more about her personality and her dedication to her work, which seemed to be a winning combination to make something extraordinary.”
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  • TRACE

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    Trace is a clock that uses a liquid with UV rays and discoloration properties, allowing us to visualize the passing time.

    "Anticipation is about our expectation of the future. Every second that passes is an opportunity to affect this path before us, yet in this fast paced society, how many of us take action? When we considered the theme of anticipation, we were naturally drawn to the concept of time. ‘Trace’ is a clock that uses UV light to invoke a color change within a transparent photochromic solution. Every second, minute and hour is marked by a UV light beam that rotates around the face of the clock. This UV light triggers the photochromic change, leaving a trace of color as time sweeps by. This solution fades back to transparent after around 60 seconds, leaving a trail that completely erases itself. ‘Trace’ is about visualizing the present moment. There is anticipation in the color change of the liquid, and anticipation in how it fades away. And if the future is based on our past, our anticipation for change should drive us to action in the present. ‘Trace’ is a reminder that in order to create the future that we anticipate, we must act towards it."

    STUDIO AYASKAN:Begum Ayaskan, Bike Ayaskan

    STUDIO AYASKAN Begum Ayaskan, Bike Ayaskan UK

    Begum and Bike Ayaskan are a twin designer duo based in London with a passion to explore the relation between nature, humans, and objects. Their vision is to bring people closer to nature and nature closer to design, and to create dynamic pieces that change and evolve with time.

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    “We were drawn to the simplicity of STUDIO AYASKAN's work, and we saw the amount of potential in this project.”
    “We were impressed by the clarity of their concept and level of preparation, especially in terms of advancing the prototype. Hopefully, we can contribute to that process and later offer guidance as the studio grows.”
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PANEL FINALISTS

These 8 entries were selected from the Finalist Screening Session and will have their work displayed at Milan Design Week in panel displays.

WORKING WITH MENTORS

4 mentors – celebrated designers across different industries – will help 4 of the finalists to create prototypes of their designs to be exhibited at Milan Design Week 2016.

  • Architects and Interdisciplinary DesignersLyndon Neri & Rossana Hu

    Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, cofounders of Neri & Hu Design and Research based in Shanghai, have been working on projects around the world which incorporate overlapping design disciplines to create a new paradigm in architecture. In 2014, Wallpaper* announced Neri & Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. Neri & Hu believes strongly that research is a key design tool as each project brings its own unique set of contextual issues. Providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic and product design services, Neri & Hu recognizes that contemporary problems relating to buildings extend beyond the boundaries of traditional architecture. Rather than starting from a formulaic design, Neri & Hu's work is anchored in the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form and light.

    www.neriandhu.com
  • DesignerMax Lamb

    A modern day artificer, Max Lamb is a product and furniture designer whose design sensibility is informed by his extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques, respect for materials, and skill as a maker. A native of Cornwall, Max has been tinkering with objects and engaging with the physical landscape since he was a small boy; a curiosity that led to an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art and subsequently the foundation of his workshop-based design practice. Max explores both traditional and unconventional materials and processes, blending experimentation and rationale to create furniture and products that are both honest and intelligible. Max teaches Design Products at the Royal College of Art and runs regular design workshops for companies and institutions around the world.

    www.maxlamb.org
  • Designer and ArchitectElena Manferdini

    Elena Manferdini, founder and owner of Atelier Manferdini, with offices in Italy and California, has completed design, art and architectural projects in the United States, Europe and Asia including the Pavilion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her firm has collaborated with internationally renowned companies such as Swarovski, and Sephora and her work has been featured in journals and publications including Elle, Vogue and the New York Times. Currently Graduate Chair at the Southern California Institute of Architecture she exhibits internationally and lectures widely having spoken at MIT, Princeton, Tsinghua University and Bauhaus. She was recently awarded the 2013 COLA Fellowship to support the production of original artwork. In 2011 she received a prestigious annual grant from United States Artists (USA) and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award.

    www.ateliermanferdini.com
  • Artists and ArchitectsSnarkitecture

    In 2008 Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen founded Snarkitecture, a collaborative and experimental practice operating in territories between art and architecture. Sharing a mutual interest in the intersection of art and architecture since their student days together at Cooper Union in New York, their first commission was for Dior Homme. Deriving its name from Lewis Carroll's fanciful poem “The Hunting of the Snark”, Snarkitecture designs permanent, architectural scale projects and functional objects with new and imaginative purposes, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with the surrounding environment. Transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

    www.snarkitecture.com
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JUDGES

The Lexus Design Award judges have been invited from across the design world.

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    ARCHITECTTOYO ITO

    Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect.

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    CURATORPAOLA ANTONELLI

    Senior curator in the department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, NYC.

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    CURATORARIC CHEN

    Design and architecture curator at Hong Kong's upcoming M+ Museum for visual culture.

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    CHIEF EDITOR OF DESIGNBOOMBIRGIT LOHMANN

    German-born industrial designer and co-founder and chief editor of designboom.com.

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    DESIGN COMMENTATORALICE RAWSTHORN

    Author of Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and design critic for the New York Times and Frieze.

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    PRESIDENT OF LEXUS INTERNATIONALTOKUO FUKUICHI

    Held many design-related positions at Toyota Motor Corporation, leading up to his current position as the President of Lexus International.

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