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DEUTSCHE BANK - Future Banking

in collaboration with Deutsche Bank.

2083 participants from 84 different countries participated
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Lexus Design Award 2014
in collaboration with the LEXUS, JAPAN


2613 designers from 87 different countries participated
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design for death architecture
in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION, ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)

2412 designers from 92 different countries participated
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ASIA AWARDS 2013
in collaboration with DA - JAPAN DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO

1861 designers from 43 different countries participated
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OLED LIGHTING International Design Competition
in collaboration with with LG CHEM and LG Electronics, KOREA
2327 designers from 89 countries participated
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2012

LEXUS design award 2013

 

designboom in collaboration with LEXUS, announces the winners of the 2012 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, an initiative which aims to nurture and support young creators.

 

 

the theme for this year's competition was 'motion' - left completely open for participants to interpret - with the jury looking for design that responded to various issues in daily life relating to this topic and find solutions. from 2100 designers, 12 overall winners have been selected. unlike most awards, two winners will receive the opportunity to work and consult with world-famous designers that will help them realize their ideas.

 

tangent: hideki yoshimoto/yoshinaka ono and hitomi igarashi from japan, have been granted the opportunity to participate in the program and will be mentored by sam hecht (england), and junya ishigami (japan) respectively, collaborating for a two-month period in order to produce prototypes of their designs which will be exhibited - alongside displays of the 10 other winning entries - at the LEXUS space during milan design week in april 2013.

 

 

president of the jury is pritzker prize recipient toyo ito

 

the other members are :
paola antonelli, curator
aric chen, curator
jaime hayon, artist/designer   
toyo ito, architect
birgit lohmann, chief editor of designboom

kiyotaka ise, president of LEXUS international

 

 

here is a round-up of the 12 nominated concepts -- stay tuned for more in depth features on each of the projects!


'inaho' by tangent: hideki yoshimoto and yoshinaka ono from japan - selected to be mentored by sam hecht

 

 

interactive interior lighting inspired by an ear of rice - selected to be mentored by sam hecht

 

'inaho' by tangent: hideki yoshimoto and yoshinaka ono from japan was influenced by the image of a rice plant slowly swinging in the wind, the interior light glowing gold in the dark and gravitating in a gentle swaying motion towards people when they come close to it.

 

 


'making porcelain with an origami' by hitomi igarashi from japan - selected to be mentored by junya ishigami

 

 

making porcelain from a paper mould - selected to be mentored by junya ishigami

 

'making porcelain with an origami' by hitomi igarashi from japan are cast in special paper moulds which have been formed from the application of the special japanese folding technique.


'Bscooter' by goula/figuera (álvaro fernández-goula and pablo figuera) from spain

 

 

 a compact electric scooter that can be easily folded

 

'Bscooter' by goula/figuera (álvaro fernández-goula and pablo figuera) from spain is an electric scooter which has been specially conceived for short trips. its overall design has been fashioned off that of the swiss army knife -- the seat, handlebars and foot boards are hidden inside its body when the vehicle is folded.


'calm kayak' by mani zamani from iran

 

 

a boat specifically built for the calm refection of thought

 

'calm kayak' by mani zamani from iran  is not meant to be used for extreme sport. instead, its main purpose is for one to comfortably sit within and gently float along a calm river, lake or city canal while contemplating and reflecting on their own thoughts.


'fly' by dear cai (dong bo cai and zong han tsai) from taiwan

 

 

a fun device to help ease crowded platforms on taipei's busy metro transit

 

'fly' by dear cai (dong bo cai and zong han tsai) from taiwan is an LED-based lighting device which depicts birds in flight, their appearance indicating and functionally controlling the number of people on average within subway cars.


'klava' lamp by rudy davi from italy

 

 

precise illumination, always in balance

 

'klava' lamp by rudy davi from italy is anchored by a combination of masses, therefore the numerous barycenters allow the lamp to stay balanced in any position, offering different light settings.


'natural motion for natural music' by moonchul kim from korea

 

 

use the most natural motions to operate this speaker

 

'natural motion for natural music' by moonchul kim from korea is a concept which began in seeking meaning in our most mundane actions. the design utilizes our basic and natural behaviours to employ the functions of the device, eliminating the need for any user education.

 
'slides bridge' by zhufei (zhu fei and zhu tian hui) from china

 

 

changing your motion can change your emotion

 

'slides bridge' by zhufei (zhu fei and zhu tian hui) from china brings a little surprise to our ordinary lives. people can slide down the bridge like a child, reconsidering the way in which we move from one area to another.


'the drinking fountain' by atelier OPA (yuki sugihara, toshihiko suzuki and munetaka ishikawa) from japan

 

 

 understanding the importance of water through unique fountain patterns

 

'the drinking fountain' by atelier OPA (yuki sugihara, toshihiko suzuki and munetaka ishikawa) from japan transforms water into a butterfly, dragonfly, spider or cherry blossom as it flows out of the tap, making the experience of turning a faucet on, more poetic.


'tumbleweed desert' by shlomi mir from israel

 

 

powered by nature and saving our lands in a changing climate

 

'tumbleweed desert' by shlomi mir from israel changes shape, harnessing wind energy which allows it to travel vast distances, surveying the land and planting seeds.


'weaving a home' by abeer seikaly from jordan / canada

 

 

a structural fabric weaves tent shelters into communities 

 

'weaving a home' by abeer seikaly from jordan/canada is a reinvention of a tent as seen by its structural fabric and the way in which it is woven to form the dwelling.


'world clock' by masafumi ishikawa from japan

 

 

rotate the clock to allow the still hand to reveal the time around the world

 

'world clock' by masafumi ishikawa from japan indicates time in any zone. the names of 12 major global cities are written on each of its facets. rotating the gadget to a particular city, allows the indicating hands to remain still, and tell you the current time of that metropolis.


'LEXUS design amazing 2013' is a collaboration between toyo ito and akihisa hirata

 

 

on show during the upcoming milan design week

 

the exhibition 'LEXUS design amazing 2013' is a collaboration between toyo ito and akihisa hirata and takes place at milan's museo della permanente art gallery (via filippo turati, 34) from april 10th to 14th, and will be accompanied by an exhibition displaying the 12 winning projects of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, co-organized by designboom. hope to see you there!


shortlisted entries