- Four winners were selected from among 2,068 entries representing 63 countries and regions.
- These gifted next-generation designers will work to address social issues through design in collaboration with world-class creators.
- This spring, the winning prototypes will present how they have evolved through the mentoring sessions and also the new Your Choice Award will take place.
TOKYO, Japan (February 2, 2023)―Lexus today announced the four winning entries of LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023, the international design competition that recognizes up-and-coming creators.
The three-judge panel of Paola Antonelli, Karim Rashid and Simon Humphries selected the winners from among 2,068 entries representing 63 countries and regions. Judging criteria were based on Lexus' fundamental principles for creating a prosperous society and a better future: Anticipate, Innovate, Captivate, and Enhance Happiness.
Winning entries for the 11th LEXUS DESIGN AWARD continue with the tradition of addressing issues and trends of the times under the theme of "Design for a Better Tomorrow". The four vigorous winning proposals aim at resolving particular social issues to help prepare for the decades ahead.
Speaking about the competition after selection of the four winners, judge Paola Antonelli commented, "Having served as a judge since the first LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, I appreciate, all the more, the generosity, talent, and energy of hundreds of young designers from around the world, and continue to note the design field's evolution, as these designers take an increasingly visionary and yet realistic view that encompasses not only humanity, but also all the rest of nature".
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 WINNERS
- Fog-X by Pavels Hedström (Sweden, Based in Denmark)
- An expandable mobile habitat that catches fog and turns it into drinking water.
- Print Clay Humidifier by Jiaming Liu (China)
- 3D-printed non-electric humidifier made with recycled ceramic waste.
- Touch the Valley by Temporary Office (Singapore & Canada, Based in USA)
- 3D contour puzzle that helps visually impaired people learn about the physical environment.
- Zero Bag by Kyeongho Park & Yejin Heo (Republic of Korea)
- Clothing package that dissolves in water and acts as a detergent that can remove any chemicals from the clothes.
The three-month mentoring program kicked off in mid-January with the first workshop. During the mentoring program, winners collaborate with all four world-class creators: Marjan van Aubel, Joe Doucet, Yuri Suzuki, and Sumayya Vally. This process refines the winners' ideas while developing prototypes that embody their proposals. First-time mentor Marjan van Aubel said "We live in challenging times where the design we create for the future needs to be considered in terms of whether it will work in the years ahead. That is, will it be suitable, practical, and possible? I hope to give them a future-proof perspective. For emerging creative talents this offers a springboard for their careers. I am excited to be part of this!"
This spring, Lexus will present how the winners' prototypes have developed and blossomed through interaction with the mentors. Also, in order to bring knowledge of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 to even more people around the world, we are planning to invite public participation with the Your Choice Award this year. This award will allow anyone to choose their preference from among the four winners as best representing Design for a Better Tomorrow. Details will be announced later.
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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 WINNING WORKS
Fog-X is an expandable mobile habitat that has the ability to collect fog to produce 10 liters of drinking water a day. It can be used to collect water in arid environments around the world where water is scarce but needed.
CountrySweden, Based in Denmark
Pavels Hedström began his career as an architect after earning his Master of Architecture and Extreme Environments from the Royal Danish Academy―Architecture, Design Conservation. He explores how to holistically approach existing ecosystems.
TitlePrint Clay Humidifier
Print Clay Humidifier is a sustainable 3D-printed clay humidifier made with recycled ceramic waste. It can stand alone or be used against a wall or window making it suitable for small spaces. The uniquely shaped construction increases water absorption. The design is both functional and elegant.
Jiaming Liu is an industrial designer who focuses on bringing fresh perspectives into people's daily lives. He is currently exploring cross-cultural and sustainable design. He was born in China, where he completed his bachelor's degree, and recently graduated with a master's degree from Folkwang University of the Arts.
TitleTouch the Valley
Touch the Valley is a 3D topographic puzzle that can be put together by visually impaired people by matching adjacent contouring pieces. The process of piecing together the puzzle helps them to perceive and encourages experience of the physical world through touch.
CountryVincent Lai (Singapore), Douglas Lee (Canada) / Based in USA
Temporary Office is a design team of Vincent Lai and Douglas Lee, graduates from University of California, Berkeley. The team has worked on projects crossing the boundaries of architecture, public space, preservation and product design. With a strong focus on historical research and precedent, Temporary Office seeks to constructively respond to the ever-changing needs of our environment in a rational yet playful way.
Zero Bag is a new clothing package with patterned paper detergents attached to water-soluble plastic. After receiving the clothes wrapped in a Zero Bag, wash both the clothes and the bag in the washing machine before wearing them for the first time. This reduces unnecessary packaging waste and removes any chemicals from the clothes.
NameKyeongho Park & Yejin Heo
CountryRepublic of Korea
Kyeongho Park & Yejin Heo are students majoring in industrial design at Hanyang University's ERICA campus in the Republic of Korea. They are concerned about social and environmental problems and explore user-centered solutions through design.
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 PANEL OF JUDGES
Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, NY
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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 shows, written books, lectured worldwide, and taught in several schools, including Harvard and UCLA. Among her most recent exhibitions and books are Broken Nature, devoted to the idea of restorative design (conceived as the XXII Triennale di Milano); Material Ecology, on the groundbreaking work of architect Neri Oxman; and Never Alone, about interactive design and video games. She is currently working on several new sessions of her MoMA R&D Salons and on the Instagram series @design.emergency, conceived with design critic Alice Rawsthorn and devoted to the role of design in the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Alice and Paola's book, Design Emergency, was published in May 2022.
Designer, Karim Rashid Inc.
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Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. Over 4,000 designs in production, over 400 awards, and operating in over 35 countries attest to Karim's legend of design. His award-winning designs include democratic objects like the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh! Chair for Umbra and interiors like the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Nhow hotel, Berlin. Karim has created noteworthy designs for clients Method and Pepsi, furniture for Artemide and Vondom, brand identity for Citibank and Hugo Boss, high-tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Christofle, to name a few. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Interior Design Best of Year Award, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Award. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.
Head of Toyota & Lexus Global Design
Born and educated in the UK, he started his career as a product designer in 1988 before joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1994. At first, he worked in advanced design and in 2002 played a leading role in establishing and implementing the Toyota (Vibrant Clarity) and Lexus (L-finesse) design philosophies. After managing various projects in both advanced and production design, he was appointed president of ED2 (Toyota European Design Development), where his team spearheaded various projects to define Toyota's transformation to a mobility company. In 2018, he was assigned to the role of head of design, overseeing both the Toyota and Lexus brands.
As Head of Lexus Global Design, he seeks to define Lexus' unique values in the form of a brand philosophy, incorporating a clear cultural reference to Lexus' Japanese heritage and building a design direction that is relevant to users around the world. In his spare time he enjoys carpentry and is restoring a 100-year-old Japanese farmhouse.
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 PANEL OF MENTORS
Marjan van Aubel
Solar Designer, Marjan van Aubel Studio
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Marjan van Aubel is a Dutch solar designer whose innovations integrate sunlight and technology for a sustainable future. Her studio, Marjan van Aubel Studio is an award-winning innovative solar design practice that brings solar energy into daily life. Designing for a positive future through combining the fields of sustainability, design and technology.
The studio is creating lasting change through solar design, integrating solar power seamlessly into our environments such as in buildings and objects. With the goal to make solar power more accessible for everyone. Most notable works are Sunne, Current Table, Power Plant and the roof of the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Marjan has collaborated with global brands such as Cos, Timberland, Swarovski with the aim of accelerating the global energy transition to solar. Graduating from the Royal College of Art (Design Products MA) in 2012 and the Rietveld Academy DesignLAB (BA) in 2009.
Designer / Founder, Joe Doucet x Partners
A designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, Joe Doucet is one of the most sought-after creative talents working in America today. His work deftly hybridizes function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message. Doucet believes that design and, more importantly, a designer's thought process can play a larger role in innovation and problem solving, as well as aesthetics. He currently holds numerous patents for his designs and inventions.
Doucet's work has been exhibited globally and has received numerous international awards, including a World Technology Award for Design Innovation and multiple Good Design Awards. Doucet was named the Winner of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award as Product Designer―the highest honor in his field. He was also Designer of the Year finalist by Dezeen, and a recipient of Fast Company's Most Important Companies in Design.
Artist and Designer / Partner, Pentagram
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Yuri Suzuki is an artist, designer and electronic musician. He explores sound and visual language through artworks and projects that examine the relationship between people and their environments, questioning how both visual art and sound evolve to create personal experiences. Suzuki has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at Tate Britain, V&A, the Barbican and MoMA New York.
Central to Suzuki's practice is collaboration―he has worked with various musicians including will.i.am and Jeff Mills, as well as commercial clients such as Google and Roland, creating music-based products and digital experiences that explore the relationship between sound and technology.
As a Partner at Pentagram London, Suzuki and his team work internationally pushing the boundaries between art, design, technology and sound, crossing the fields of both low and high technology.
Architect / Principal, Counterspace
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Sumayya Vally is the principal of the award-winning architecture and research studio Counterspace. Designer of the 20th Serpentine Pavilion, Vally is the youngest architect to win this internationally renowned commission. With the Serpentine, she has initiated and developed a new fellowship program, Support Structures, which assists artists and collectives working at the intersection of art with social justice, the archive, and ecology.
In 2022, Vally was selected by the World Economic Forum to be one of its Young Global Leaders, a community of the world's most promising artists, researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, and political leaders, and, as a TIME100 Next list honouree, has been identified as someone who will shape the future of architectural practice and canon. Having recently joined the World Monuments Fund, Vally serves on several boards through her interest in dynamic forms of archive, embodied heritage and supporting new networks of knowledge in the arts. As Artistic Director, Vally is currently working on curating the first Islamic Arts Biennale taking place in Jeddah in 2023.
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 in 2006, and has since sold over 2.02 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/regions 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.
ABOUT LEXUS DESIGN AWARD
Launched in 2013, the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD is a worldwide competition for up-and-coming creators. The Award seeks designs which show potential to contribute to society. Under the mentorship of established creators, the four winning talents interact and receive guidance as they bring their design concepts to life. Together, mentors and winners work to realize the aim of the Award, Design for a Better Tomorrow. The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD provides global media exposure to drive professional career advancement.
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