LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2023 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- Four winners selected from among 2,068 entries representing 63 countries and regions, addressing social issues through design
- Winners to develop prototypes through mentoring sessions with world-class creators
- Public to award favourite project with People’s Choice Award in April
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)
A 3D-printed non-electric humidifier made with recycled ceramic waste.
- Touch the Valley by Temporary Office (Singapore & Canada, Based in USA)
A 3D contour puzzle that helps visually impaired people learn about the physical environment.
- Zero Bag by Kyeongho Park & Yejin Heo (Republic of Korea)
A clothing package that dissolves in water and acts as a detergent that can remove any chemicals from the clothes.
Winners entered a three-month mentoring programme in mid-January, which will see them collaborate with four world-class creators: Marjan van Aubel, Joe Doucet, Yuri Suzuki, and Sumayya Vally. This process aims to refine 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, the public will be invited to participate into the People’s Choice Award. This award will allow anyone to choose their preference among the four winners as best representing Design for a Better Tomorrow. Details will be announced at a later date.
Fog-X by Pavels Hedström (Sweden, based in Denmark)
Fog-X is an expandable mobile habitat that has the ability to collect fog to produce 10 litres of drinking water a day. It can be used to collect water in arid environments around the world where water is scarce but needed.
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.
Print Clay Humidifier by Jiaming Liu (China)
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.
Touch the Valley by Temporary Office (Singapore & Canada, Based in USA)
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.
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 by Kyeongho Park & Yejin Heo (Republic of Korea)
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, people should 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.
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.