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designboom in collaboration with LEXUS present the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019.
LEXUS created the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, an international design competition that targets up-and-coming creators from around the world. The award seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting designers and creators whose works can help to shape a better future. It provides a unique opportunity for six finalists to work with globally recognized designers as mentors to create prototypes of their designs, and then exhibit them at one of the design calendar's most important events.
The award seeks entries from around the world and opens the call for entries for the 7th competition on (Thu) Aug 9, 2018.
LEXUS launched in 1989 with a flagship sedan and a guest experience that helped define the premium automotive industry. In 1998, Lexus introduced the luxury crossover category with the launch of the LEXUS RX. The luxury hybrid sales leader, LEXUS delivered the world’s first luxury hybrid and has since sold over 1 million hybrid vehicles.
A global luxury automotive brand with an unwavering commitment to bold, uncompromising design, exceptional craftsmanship, and exhilarating performance, LEXUS has developed its lineup to meet the needs of the next generation of global luxury guests, and is currently available in over 90 countries worldwide.
LEXUS associates/team members across the world are dedicated to crafting amazing experiences that are uniquely LEXUS, and that excite and change the world.
Below we summarize the most important steps.
Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Official Rules, please read them carefully before entering.
Design for a better tomorrow.
Anticipate. Innovate. Captivate.
We’re looking for “DESIGN” that goes beyond the mastery of shape, form and function, and becomes a solution to overcome challenges.
DOES THE CONCEPT AND DESIGN ANTICIPATE NOT ONLY THE NEEDS OF THE USER EXPERIENCE, BUT THE NEEDS OF SOCIETY?
DOES THE DESIGN DEMONSTRATE NEW THINKING AND ORIGINALITY IN ITS PROPOSAL AND EXECUTION?
IS THE DESIGN INTRIGUING AND COMPELLING WHEN REALIZED IN CONCEPT AND EXECUTION?
No limit for design category- architecture, product design, fashion, engineering
Open to professionals, students and design enthusiasts from every country in the world and only to individuals who have reached the age of majority. Free registration.
1) Invitation to Milan Design Week to exhibit your WORK at the LEXUS Event.
2) Prototype Production Cost Assistance up to 3 million JPY
3) Mentorship in New York City
4) PR assistance by providing Award Press Kit and Award Certificate
6 (six) Prototype Finalists will be invited to New York to receive advice from various acknowledged professionals as Mentors to develop a prototype of his/her submitted Work. LEXUS will cover the prototype production costs up to 3 million JPY (*includes tax). Prototypes are to be produced between January and March 2019.
In addition, the 6 (six) Finalists will be invited to Milan Design Week and the prototypes will be exhibited at LEXUS Event.
*Note: Only one person per entry is invited, regardless of individual or group submission.
Please read full description of regulations and benefits in the Official Rules.
Beg of DEC 2018
Finalist Screening Session
The Judges gather together, judge the shortlisted works and determine of the candidates.
End of DEC 2018
Determination of Finalists
6 (six) Finalists will be determined.
Mid of JAN 2019
Finalist Announcement and Mentorship in New York City
6 (six) Finalists will be announced on LEXUS DESIGN AWARD Website.
6 (six) Finalists are invited to New York City for the Mentorship to receive advice from the Mentors.
JAN - MAR 2019
Two and a half months' time to make and refine the prototype. Mentors will follow up and give advice.
Grand-Prix Selection/Prize Giving Ceremony in Milan
Prototype exhibition at the Milan Design Week Lexus Event. The Grand Prix Winner will be selected among the Finalists.
The Judges will select 6 (six) Finalists from the Entries received.
The jury is composed of:
SIR DAVID ADJAYE
ARCHITECT / PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER OF ADJAYE ASSOCIATES, LONDON AND NEW YORK
photo by Ed Reeve
Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.
SENIOR CURATOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN AT MoMA, NY
photo by Marton Perlaki
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. She has curated numerous shows, written several books, and lectured worldwide. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently working on the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature, devoted to examples of design and architecture that aim at repairing humans’ relationship with nature; on the reinstallation of the contemporary design galleries in the new, expanded MoMA; and on a video and VR series entitled __&Design.
TECHNOLOGIST / GLOBAL HEAD OF COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN + INCLUSION, AUTOMATTIC
photo by Helena Price
John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design + technology industries. He joined Automattic in 2016 as Global Head of Computational Design +Inclusion and previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan. He was also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. He previously served as advisor to John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.
PRESIDENT OF LEXUS INTERNATIONAL
Yoshihiro Sawa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Design from Kyoto Institute of Technology. He has held a number of design-related positions since joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980, including Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division. He became President of Lexus International in April 2017.
To provide to the selected 6 (six) Finalists advice on their design pertaining to improving their design, engineering and marketing the product at the Mentorship in New York City.
To give advice to each candidate on how to improve their project during prototype production.
The LEXUS Design Award 2019 mentor is:
ARCHITECT / DESIGNER
photo by Emanuele Zamponi
Born in the south of Italy, Fabio Novembre moved to Milan in 1984, where in 1992 he received a degree in architecture. In 1993 moved to New York City where he attended a movie-direction course at the New York City University. Since 1994, year of his studio opening, he has collaborated with important design realities as Driade, Venini and Kartell; he also designed interiors, showrooms and boutiques for fashion brands such as Blumarine and Stuart Weitzman, and designed architectures for societies as AC Milan.
CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, NERVOUS SYSTEM
Jessica Rosenkrantz is an artist, designer, and programmer. In 2007 she co-founded Nervous System, where she currently works as Creative Director. Her work explores how simulations of natural processes can be used in design and coupled with digital fabrication to create one-of-a-kind, customized products. She studied biology and architecture at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since 2016, she has been teaching design at MIT. Her designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, the New York Times, and the Guardian and are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
PARTNER AND DIRECTOR OF OMA NEW YORK
Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and the Director of the New York office. Sho has completed a number of cultural projects including Milstein Hall for Cornell University, extension for the Quebec National Art Museum, Faena Forum in Miami Beach and the Costume Institute exhibition at the Met. He is currently engaged in a diverse range of projects across typologies: from cultural projects such as the extension to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, a museum expansion for the New Museum in New York City and the Dior retrospective at Denver Art Museum; to two office towers in Japan and three residential towers across North America—in New York, San Francisco and Miami.
DESIGN DIRECTOR, ESTABLISHED & SONS
photo by Matteo Cuzzola
Sebastian originally studied sculpture at Norwich School of Art, before founding his first production company in 2001. Spanning both the creative and production side of the design business, he has accumulated an impressive array of technical skills. Sebastian has taught on the postgraduate diploma platforms at the Royal College of Art, London, and ECAL, Switzerland. As a designer, he has created commercially and critically successful products for some of the world’s leading brands, and his portfolio of work spans furniture, lighting, accessories and gallery projects. As a manufacturer, he has collaborated with many of the preeminent names in contemporary design.
HOW TO APPLY
Registration is open now, please fill in the form.
Teams should register with one name only - when submitting Works, you should add all team member’s names.
Submit your Work / Works
There is no limit on the number of entries per person. If you are entering more than one Work, please submit each Work separately. Images and text must be in digital format.
- The Work may be produced in any medium but must be submitted as low res JPEG (JPG) or GIF format.
- 1 main image is mandatory, and 6 additional images are optional.
- 1 photo of physical object or 1 image of exhibition plan is mandatory.
- Up to 8 images can be uploaded (either single or composition images).
- All digital image files must be
1. 500 KB or smaller (a low-res version of your original Work).
2. The width must be from 800~1000 pixels / 72 dpi,
3. RGB color mode.
Video of concept or prototype in action (optional)
The voluntary addition of up to 2 video files can be uploaded as either vimeo or youtube format. The link of each video should be pasted in the proper field of the submission form.
Please provide a brief description of your design.
Let us know about your research and point out the artistic and technological qualities. You should also consider a broad spectrum of issues that demonstrate and showcase the ways in which your design can enrich people's lives. Please explain how you plan to further develop the work. Tells us about it.
c. Confirmation of the Competition Guidelines and Official Rules
Prior to submitting your Work(s), and you will be asked to agree to the Competition Guidelines. By clicking on the Submission upload button, you notify that you have read and understand the terms and conditions, AND BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND LEXUS.
With regard to the submitted work, Toyota Motor Corporation, Lexus International, designboom and its affiliates shall assume no responsibility whatsoever.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES
The application period of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019 is from August 9, 2018 at 9:00 (CET), and qualifying Submissions must be received by October 28, 2018, 23:59 (CET)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULT
6 (six) Finalists will be chosen by the middle of December 2018 and notified by email (only to the Finalists, unless extended deadline).
Please note that only the shortlisted applicants will be notified.
The Finalists will be announced on Lexus official website in mid- January 2019.
Please read the Official Rules.
Please send your inquiries to [email protected] and make sure to write ‘LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2019’ in the subject line (English text only).
Or you may contact the Lexus Design Award Secretariat (English text only).
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