Jan. 31, 2017

'Yet' Philosophy Inspires Lexus Design Award 2017 Finalists, Announced Today

 

January 31, 2017―Lexus International today 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.
  • PIXEL, 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.

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.

More information and pictures can be found on
Lexus Design Award website
www.lexusdesignaward.com
Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/lexusdesignaward/ @lexusdesignaward
Official hashtags
#LexusDesignAward; #MilanDesignWeek;

Further details on the Lexus presence at 2017 Milan Design Week* will be announced in mid-February on the Lexus Design Award website.

*The world's largest design exhibition, also known as Salone Del Mobile, presents events and exhibits by brands and designers in many categories including furniture, fashion and textiles.

Lexus Design Award 2017 Entries Selected for Prototype Development

HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING
Title HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING
Designer (Citizenship) Ahran Won (Korea)
Country of residence USA
Description A capsule for mobile living, Having nothing YET Everything.
Mentor Neri and Hu
PIXEL
Title PIXEL
Designer (Citizenship) Hiroto Yoshizoe (Japan)
Country of residence Japan
Description A structure to experience the existence of Light YET Shadow.
Mentor Snarkitecture
PLAYER'S PFLUTE
Title PLAYER'S PFLUTE
Designer (Citizenship) Jia Wu (China)
Country of residence China
Description Vegetable YET a Musical instrument provides fun and learning experience.
Mentor Max Lamb
STRUCTURAL COLOR - STATIC YET CHANGING
Title STRUCTURAL COLOR - STATIC YET CHANGING
Designer (Citizenship) Jessica Fügler (USA)
Country of residence USA
Description Static YET Changeable structure depending on viewpoint.
Mentor Elena Manferdini

Lexus Design Award 2017 Panel Exhibits

BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND
Title BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND
Designer (Citizenship) Eunjin Park (Korea)
Country of residence Korea
Description A measuring spoon with Unseen YET Visualized tactile graduations for the blind.
THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER
Title THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER
Designer (Citizenship) Kuniko Maeda (Japan)
Country of residence UK
Description Disposable YET Upcycled material using traditional and modern technology.
MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS
Title MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS
Designer (Citizenship) Group name: TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama
  • Yoshifumi Takehana (Japan)
  • Bungo Okuda (Japan)
  • Akira Okuda (Japan)
Country of residence Japan
Description Mass produced YET One-of-a-kind ceramics created using a portable kiln.
PAPER KETTLE
Title PAPER KETTLE
Designer (Citizenship) Ryo Katayama (Japan)
Country of residence Japan
Description Combustible YET Fire-Resistant paper kettle.
PLATANACEAE
Title PLATANACEAE
Designer (Citizenship) Paula Cermeño (Peru)
Country of residence Switzerland
Description Banana leaf bandages that out performs Synthetic YET are Biodegradable and soothing.
POD: HOMELESS YET HOME
Title POD: HOMELESS YET HOME
Designer (Citizenship) Group Name: MODlab
  • Eric Schwartzbach (USA)
  • Benjamin Ward (USA)
Country of residence USA
Description Temporary shelter for displaced populations. Homeless YET Home.
RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO
Title RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO
Designer (Citizenship) Takuro Sanda (Japan)
Country of residence Japan
Description Hi-tech YET Retro radio tunes in programs from past and present.
TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
Title TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
Designer (Citizenship) Evgeny Arinin (Russia)
Country of residence Russia
Description Simple YET Sophisticated traffic light.
Judge and Mentor Profiles

Judges

Paola Antonelli, Judge

Paola Antonelli / Curator Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, as well as MoMA's Director of Research and Development. She has lectured at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and several other international conferences. Her goal is to insistently promote understanding of design until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited. She is currently working on several shows on contemporary design, and on States of Design, a book about the diversity and variety of design fields that exist today.

Aric Chen, Judge

Aric Chen / Curator Aric Chen is Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture currently under construction in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District. He previously served as Creative Director of Beijing Design Week, leading the successful relaunch of that event in 2011 and 2012. Chen has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and projects at museums, biennials and other events internationally, and has been a frequent contributor to publications including The New York Times, Monocle, Architectural Record and PIN-UP.

Toyo Ito, Judge

Toyo Ito / Architect Ito graduated from the University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture in 1965. His main works include: Sendai Mediatheque, Tama Art University Library (Hachioji), Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences (Taiwan R.O.C), 'Minna no Mori' Gifu Media Cosmos, etc. Projects Under development include: National Taichung Theater (Taiwan R.O.C), New Athletic Field and Sports Park in Aomori (tentative title) and several others. Among his many honors are the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize, Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Birgit Lohmann, Judge

Birgit Lohmann / Chief Editor of designboom Born in Hamburg, Lohmann studied industrial design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked since 1987. She worked as a designer and product development manager for a number of Italian architects and master designers. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities. In 1999, she co-founded designboom, where she is currently the Chief Editor, Head of Educational Programming and Curator for International Exhibitions.

Alice Rawsthorn, Judge

Alice Rawsthorn / Design Commentator Alice Rawsthorn writes about design in the International New York Times and frieze. Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design's impact on our lives: past, present and future. She speaks on design at global events including TED and the World Economic Forum's annual meetings at Davos, Switzerland. Based in London, Alice is chair of trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, and a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery. She was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.

Yoshihiro Sawa, Judge

Yoshihiro Sawa / Executive Vice 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 Executive Vice President of Lexus International in April 2016.

Mentors

Neri & Hu, Mentor

Neri & Hu / Architects and Interdisciplinary Designers Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, cofounders of Neri & Hu Design and Research based in Shanghai, have been working on projects around the world which incorporate overlapping design disciplines to create a new paradigm in architecture. In 2014, Wallpaper* announced Neri & Hu as 2014 Designer of The Year. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. Neri & Hu believes strongly that research is a key design tool as each project brings its own unique set of contextual issues. Providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic and product design services, Neri & Hu recognizes that contemporary problems relating to buildings extend beyond the boundaries of traditional architecture. Rather than starting from a formulaic design, Neri & Hu's work is anchored in the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form and light.

Max Lamb, Mentor

Max Lamb / Designer Max Lamb's work plays with the tradition of the working rural landscape―the beach as foundry, the quarry as workshop, felled yew trees of the Chatsworth estate as subject and source material. He is equally fascinated by the city, and his ability to adapt and respond to different environments produces designs that are uniquely of their time and place. Max is not committed to a single material or process, nor is he attracted to design as a means to solve problems. Rather he exploits the qualities inherent in a material to draw out its natural tendencies and beauty. His methods are high- and low-tech, and he is both designer and manufacturer, collaborating with foundries and factories as the scale or complexity of the project necessitates. However, there is continuity in the principles that he applies―honesty to material, a celebration of the process and of human capability, and its limitations.

Elena Manferdini, Mentor

Elena Manferdini / Designer and Architect Elena Manferdini, founder and owner of Atelier Manferdini, with offices in Venice, California, has completed design, art and architectural projects in the United States, Europe and Asia including the Pavilion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her firm has collaborated with internationally renowned companies such as Swarovski, and Sephora and her work has been featured in journals and publications including Elle, Vogue and the New York Times. Currently Graduate Chair at the Southern California Institute of Architecture she exhibits internationally and lectures widely having spoken at MIT, Princeton, Tsinghua University and Bauhaus. She was recently awarded the 2013 COLA Fellowship to support the production of original artwork. In 2011 she received a prestigious annual grant from United States Artists (USA) and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award.

Snarkitecture, Mentor

Snarkitecture / Artists and Architects In 2008 Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen founded Snarkitecture, a collaborative and experimental practice operating in territories between art and architecture. Sharing a mutual interest in the intersection of art and architecture since their student days together at Cooper Union in New York, their first commission was for Dior Homme. Deriving its name from Lewis Carroll's fanciful poem "The Hunting of the Snark", Snarkitecture designs permanent, architectural scale projects and functional objects with new and imaginative purposes, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with the surrounding environment. Transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

ABOUT LEXUS DESIGN AWARD

First launched in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is 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. This provides a unique opportunity for four finalists to work with globally recognized designer as a mentor to create prototypes of their designs, and then exhibit them at one of the design calendar's most important events.

ABOUT LEXUS

Since its U.S. market debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a worldwide reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service. Renowned for the superior reliability of its vehicles, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader, offering hybrids that combine innovative technology and premier luxury. To date, Lexus has grown into 90+ markets worldwide. The evolution of Lexus is not only reflected in the progressive designs of its latest vehicles, but also in the brand's mission to captivate the next generation of luxury consumers with consciousness, products, and services that are visionary, original and exciting. http://www.lexus-int.com

LDA 2017 Finalists

Downloads (Images)

  • HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING
    HAVING NOTHING, AND YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING
  • PIXEL
    PIXEL
  • PLAYER'S PFLUTE
    PLAYER'S PFLUTE
  • STRUCTURAL COLOR - STATIC YET CHANGING
    STRUCTURAL COLOR - STATIC YET CHANGING
  • BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND
    BUOYANT MEASURING SPOON FOR THE BLIND
  • THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER
    THE LANDSCAPE OF PAPER
  • MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS
    MASS PRODUCTION TO UNIQUE ITEMS
  • PAPER KETTLE
    PAPER KETTLE
  • PLATANACEAE
    PLATANACEAE
  • POD: HOMELESS YET HOME
    POD: HOMELESS YET HOME
  • RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO
    RETROSPECTION PROJECT / TIME TUNE RADIO
  • TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
    TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM
  • Ahran Won
    Ahran Won
  • Hiroto Yoshizoe
    Hiroto Yoshizoe
  • Jia Wu
    Jia Wu
  • Jessica Fügler
    Jessica Fügler
  • Eunjin Park
    Eunjin Park
  • Kuniko Maeda
    Kuniko Maeda
  • TAKEHANAKE
    TAKEHANAKE
  • Ryo Katayama
    Ryo Katayama
  • Paula Cermeño
    Paula Cermeño
  • MODlab
    MODlab
  • Takuro Sanda
    Takuro Sanda
  • Evgeny Arinin
    Evgeny Arinin