Call for Entries for Lexus Design Award 2017: New Ideas at Milan Design Week, Mentorship, and Prototype Funding

Submissions are now open for the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2017, an annual international design competition for young designers, engineers, architects, and artists.

Lexus invites up-and-coming creators from around the world to propose projects and ideas that can help to shape a better future. The Award connects emerging designers with mentorship from some of the world’s leading design minds, prototype production funds, and the opportunity to show at Milan Design Week:

  • Twelve finalists will be invited to exhibit their works at a Lexus exhibition space during Milan Design Week (Salone de Mobile) in April 2017.
  • Four winners among the 12 finalists will receive mentorship from leading design minds and up to $30,000 of funding to cover prototype production costs. The four winners will create prototypes between January and March 2017, through sessions with their assigned mentors.
  • Each of the twelve finalists will be asked to give a presentation at Milan Design Week 2017.
  • A single Grand Prix winner will be named from among the four prototypes through final review by the judges and will receive production support from Lexus, as well as further mentorship from the elite judges.

Theme: “Yet” (the harmonizing effect of two seemingly incompatible elements—for instance, luxurious yet efficient, sophisticated yet simple).

Judging criteria: True to the essence of “YET” with uniqueness in its interpretation

Judges: Paola Antonelli (Curator, MoMA), Aric Chen (Curator), Toyo Ito (Architect), Birgit Lohmann (Chief Editor, Designboom), Alice Rawsthorn (Design Commentator, International New York Times), Yoshihiro Sawa (Lexus International)

Mentors: Neri & Hu (Architects and Designers), Max Lamb (Designer), Elena Manferdini (Architect), Snarkitecture (Artists, Architects, and Designers)

Application Process: Apply at Share a brief description of your idea or project, images or videos, and some information about yourself.

Past winners and finalists have spanned technology, architecture, product design, and fashion design, including a project to discover how a marine algae byproduct can be used as an environmentally-friendly packaging material alternative to plastic, a kinetic lighting sculpture that generates its own energy, a heater designed to simulate sunlight, and a signage system designed to realize smoother pedestrian crossings by playing on the subconscious tendency to obey arrow signs.

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    Call for Entries for Lexus Design Award 2017: New Ideas at Milan Design Week, Mentorship, and Prototype Funding
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  • Submission Deadline

    October 16, 2016 05:00 AM
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Cite: "Call for Entries for Lexus Design Award 2017: New Ideas at Milan Design Week, Mentorship, and Prototype Funding" 29 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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