About the Award
Lexus Design Award calls upon young creative talent around the world to “Design for a Better Tomorrow”. Since 2013, this international design competition has provided the chance of a lifetime for up-and-coming designers to win the prestigious award for innovative design excellence, fund and build their prototype with world-class mentors, and reach unparalleled exposure to the global design community and media.
Through the “Design for a Better Tomorrow” directive, we’re looking for design that goes beyond the mastery of shape, form and function, and becomes a solution to overcome challenges by incorporating three principles fundamental to Lexus: “Anticipate. Innovate. Captivate.” As with "Solgami", the 2019 LDA Finalist shown above, designs anticipate the needs of the user experience as well as benefit society, while demonstrating innovation with fresh, imaginative solutions, and captivate their audience.
With over 2,000 entries from 79 countries, six Finalists were selected for their original and inventive solutions which highlight the creative interplay between design and technology. The finalists’ concepts and designs feature a diverse range of innovative craftsmanship techniques, materials and applications. In many cases, they incorporate biodegradable materials, use renewable energy sources and reduce our carbon footprint.
Designer Sutherlin Santo, USA
Designers Théophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero, France/Italy
Designer Yaokun Wu, China
Designer Irina Samoilova, Russia
Designer Aqsa Ajmal, Pakistan
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
Call for entries are now closed. Please look forward to our announcement of the finalists in January 2021.
World-renowned design leaders from varied backgrounds come together to nurture the next generation of designers.
Lexus Design Award 2021 Judges and Mentors have been announced. Learn more.
Explore more about LDA 2020 and revisit the journey of our finalists leading up to the Grand Prix winner announcement.
After months of mentoring from renowned designers and prototype development, each finalist presented their works to our panel of prestigious judges. Re-live the experience of all our international finalists, leading up to the virtual Grand Prix Selection.
Last January in New York, the Finalists gathered at INTERSECT BY LEXUS - NYC when they met with world class mentors and continued their journey with online one-on-one sessions.
Learn about the first Lexus Design Award winner, Hideki Yoshimoto, and how his career has taken off with the support of Lexus.
Hear from our newest Judges and Mentors about their thoughts on this year's global competition.
The Grand Prix trophy was designed by Hideki Yoshimoto. Yoshimoto was a winner in the first Lexus Design Award in 2013 and has become a successful designer based in London working with a number of global brands. The trophy design incorporates his engineering background and commitment to takumi craftsmanship.