2019 Grand Prix Winner

ALGORITHMIC LACE

Designer Lisa Marks

Lexus Design Award 2019's elite judging panel selected "Algorithmic Lace" by Lisa Marks as this year's Grand Prix winner. The prototype showcases Lexus' desire to leverage design that contributes to a better tomorrow and passion for human-centricity in the midst of evolution and innovation.

"Algorithmic Lace" uses advanced three-dimensional modeling to handcraft bespoke bras for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy surgery. The result is a combination of function and beauty that positively impacts the survivor's body aesthetic while also providing fully customized structural comfort.

Joining the judging panel for the first time, internationally recognized designer and technologist John Maeda had this to say: "When we think of algorithms, we usually think of computers and the high-tech industry. But the textile industry is where algorithms were first deployed as a means to realize new aesthetic choices in fabrics during the 19th century. Lisa Marks' 'Algorithmic Lace' project not only feeds on that rich history, but goes even further back in time to incorporate a 16th century technique for weaving complex lace patterns."

Lisa Marks said, as she accepted her award, "Lexus doesn’t have to do this. They could be a successful brand without it. But it shows their commitment to design and to a better world.

DESIGNER
Lisa Marks

Lisa Marks is an Industrial Designer specializing in combining craft research with algorithmic design in order to promote sustainable methods to help craft communities. Lisa has an MFA from Parsons School of Design and is currently faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology.

2019 Finalists
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ARENOPHILE

This project seeks a new purpose for desert sand, a naturally abundant material which has not been widely used.

Designers Rezzan Hasoglu

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BALUTO

The Baluto project seeks a solution in low-lying areas where the main concern is flood mitigation.

Designers Jeffrey E. Dela Cruz

Finalist
GREEN BLAST JET ENERGY

Green Blast Jet Energy makes it possible to collect the energy of the jet blast of an aircraft taking off and to return it for different needs of airports.

Designer Dmitriy Balashov

Finalist
HYDRUS

Hydrus is an emergency treatment equipment for offshore oil spills.

Designer Shuzhan Yuan

Finalist
Solgami

Solgami utilizes origami geometry to give apartment residents a closer connection to their external environment.

Designer Prevalent (Ben Berwick)

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