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Award 2019

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Award 2019



August, 2018

The opportunity of a lifetime awaits as Lexus Design Award 2019 begins its call for submissions

Lexus Design Award 2019 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, propel their growth, and reach world-class exposure.

Mentoring. Funding. Exhibit at Milan.

As a finalist, you will be provided everything needed to take your design to the next level and present it at one of the world’s premier design events.

• Receive mentorship from worldly renowned design professionals. Past years have included mentorship from design studios Formafantasma and Snarkitecture.

• Receive over $25,000 (USD) of funding to develop your design into a functional prototype.

• Travel to Italy to exhibit your work at the prestigious Milan Design Week 2019 and compete for the Grand Prix prize.

Anticipate. Innovate. Captivate.

Your design will need to incorporate three principles fundamental to Lexus: “Anticipate. Innovate. Captivate.” Your design should anticipate the needs of the user experience as well as benefit society. It needs to demonstrate innovation with fresh, imaginative solutions. It should also command attention, captivating users, audience and judges alike with its compelling concept and execution.

Introducing Our Mentors.

Recently announced mentor Sebastian Wrong has been joined by three new mentors: pioneer of generative design and co-founder of Nervous System design studio, Jessica Rosenkrantz, Italian architect and designer Fabio Novembre, and partner of world-leading architectural firm OMA, Shohei Shigematsu.


Born in the south of Italy, Fabio Novembre moved to Milan in 1984, where in 1992 he received a degree in architecture. In 1993 moved to New York City where he attended a movie-direction course at the New York City University.

Since 1994, year of his studio opening, he has collaborated with important design realities as Driade, Venini and Kartell; he also designed interiors, showrooms and boutiques for fashion brands such as Blumarine and Stuart Weitzman, and designed architectures for societies as AC Milan.

Photo by Emanuele Zamponi 2011 ©Fabio Novembre


Jessica Rosenkrantz is an artist, designer, and programmer. In 2007 she co-founded Nervous System, where she currently works as Creative Director. Her work explores how simulations of natural processes can be used in design and coupled with digital fabrication to create one-of-a-kind, customized products. She studied biology and architecture at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since 2016, she has been teaching design at MIT.

Her designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, the New York Times, and the Guardian and are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston.


Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and the Director of the New York office. Sho has completed a number of cultural projects including Milstein Hall for Cornell University, extension for the Quebec National Art Museum, Faena Forum in Miami Beach and the Costume Institute exhibition at the Met. He is currently engaged in a diverse range of projects across typologies: from cultural projects such as the extension to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, a museum expansion for the New Museum in New York City and the Dior retrospective at Denver Art Museum; to two office towers in Japan and three residential towers across North America—in New York, San Francisco and Miami.


Design Director of Established & Sons and an award-winning product designer, London-born Sebastian Wrong has more than 18 years of experience in manufacturing.

Sebastian originally studied sculpture at Norwich School of Art, before founding his first production company in 2001. Spanning both the creative and production side of the design business, he has accumulated an impressive array of technical skills.

Photo by Matteo Cuzzola

Sebastian has taught on the postgraduate diploma platforms at the Royal College of Art, London, and ECAL, Switzerland. As a designer, he has created commercially and critically successful products for some of the world’s leading brands, and his portfolio of work spans furniture, lighting, accessories and gallery projects. As a manufacturer, he has collaborated with many of the preeminent names in contemporary design.

Meet the Judges.

Lexus International is pleased to welcome technologist John Maeda, to the panel of judges for the Lexus Design Award 2019. Maeda leads a new convergence across the fields of design and technology as Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, a publishing platform development company. Maeda will join three judges who have served on the panel in the past, eminent architect Sir David Adjaye, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, Paola Antonelli, and President of Lexus International, Yoshihiro Sawa.


Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.

Photo by Ed Reeve


Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology.

Photo by Marton Perlaki

She has curated numerous shows, written several books, and lectured worldwide. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently working on an exhibition on the 111 garments that changed the world; on Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world appreciated as examples of design; and on a book collecting her essays on the different fields of contemporary design.


John Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design + technology industries. He joined Automattic in 2016 as Global Head of Computational Design +Inclusion and previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a world-leading venture capital firm.

Photo by Helena Price

An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering + Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.He was also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models. He previously served as advisor to John Donahoe, CEO of eBay Inc. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and 16th President of the Rhode Island School of Design.


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 President of Lexus International in April 2017.


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