Lexus International have announced the 12 finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2017. First launched in 2013 to help stimulate the ideas necessary to build a better tomorrow, Lexus is celebrating the 5th anniversary of this international design competition that supports up-and-coming designers and creators worldwide. Lexus Design Award 2017 drew 1,152 entries from 63 countries under the theme of “Yet.”
As the philosophical soul of Lexus innovation, YET is particularly appropriate for the 5th anniversary of this Lexus event. “Yet” inspires us to find synergy effects by fusing seemingly incompatible goals – spacious yet aerodynamic design– for example. By harmonizing contradictory elements, “Yet” opens up visionary frontiers of progressive design and technology to deliver amazing, new experiences to the world.
In November 2016, a panel of world-renowned designers and creative mentors gathered to judge the entries. After rigorous evaluation and extensive discussion, the judges chose 12 finalists.
Out of these 12 finalists, the following four were selected to prototype their designs, mentored by globally recognized creators.
Having nothing, and yet possessing everything., Ahran Won (Korea) A capsule for mobile living, having nothing YET Everything.
PIXCEL, Hiroto Yoshizoe (Japan) A structure to experience the existence of Light YET Shadow.
Player's Pflute, Jia Wu (China) Vegetable YET a Musical instrument provides fun and learning experience.
Structural Color- Static Yet Changing, Jessica Fügler (USA) Static YET Changeable structure depending on viewpoint
Buoyant Measuring Spoon for the Blind, Eunjin Park (Korea) A measuring spoon with Unseen YET Visualized tactile graduations for the blind.
The Landscape of Paper, Kuniko Maeda (Japan) Disposable YET Upcycled material using traditional and modern technology.
Mass Production to Unique Items, Group name: TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama (Japan) Mass produced YET One-of-a-kind ceramics created using a portable kiln.
Paper Kettle, Ryo Katayama (Japan) Combustible YET Fire-Resistant paper kettle.
Platanaceae, Paula Cermeño (Peru) Banana leaf bandages that out performs Synthetic YET are Biodegradable and soothing.
POD: Homeless YET Home, Group Name: MOD lab(USA) Temporary shelter for displaced populations. Homeless YET Home.
RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO, Takuro Sanda (Japan) Hi-tech YET Retro radio tunes in programs from past and present.
Traffic Light System, Evgeny Arinin（Russia) Simple YET Sophisticated traffic light.
To provide creative guidance to the above four finalists, Lexus Design Award 2017 has enlisted four renowned mentors: architects and interdisciplinary designers Neri & Hu, designer Max Lamb, designer/architect Elena Manferdini and artist/architect Snarkitecture. All served as mentors to last year’s finalists, as well.
The four completed prototypes will be featured as part of the Lexus exhibition at this year’s Milan Design Week, along with presentation boards introducing the other eight finalists’ designs. The event will run from April 3 (press and award presentation day) through April 9. On April 3, the finalists will present their designs to the judges and international media. The judges will evaluate the four prototypes and announce the Grand Prix winner, marking the climax of the Lexus Design Award 2017 award cycle