Lexus Design Award 2017

The submission period is almost over for Lexus International’s Lexus Design Award 2017. In its fifth year, this competition offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for up-and-coming designers and creators from around the world.

This year’s theme is entitled ‘Yet’, a philosophy that is closely embraced by the luxury Japanese marque. The ‘Yet’ philosophy is what drives the forward-thinking models such as the Lexus LC 500 into creation, available from us to test and drive and explore.

Judges will include: architect Toyo Ito, curator Paola Antonelli, curator Aric Chen, chief editor of designboom Birgit Lohmann, design commentator Alice Rawsthorn, and executive vice president of Lexus International Yoshihiro Sawa.

Paolo Antonelli describes what the judges look for in submissions: ‘In general, we look for inspired ideas that add something precious to the world. We want to make sure that each idea is plausible; that the idea is supported by a self-assured production plan, including knowledge of the tools and techniques necessary to realise the object, whether physical or digital, and that the designer has a sense of the object’s position in the world, its lifecycle, its impact, and consequences.

‘We also look for potential. What makes the Lexus Design Award different from other prizes is the unique process, the presence of not only jurors, but also of mentors, and the fact that the projects chosen are supported and led to a prototypical phase over several months.’

12 finalists will be introduced to the design community at Milan Design Week 2017, from which four will be given the opportunity to prototype their designs with the guidance of world-renowned mentors including, Neri & Hu, Snarkitecture, Max Lamb and Elena Manferdini. Judges will then choose the Grand Prix winner who will receive the opportunity to bring his or her prototype to production. Submissions close on 16th October 2016.