Lexus Design Award Finalists revealed

The six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2022 will undergo a mentorship programme of a lifetime before the winner is chosen.

Now in its 10th edition, the Lexus Design Award supports and nurtures young creators, identifying promising talent who have innovative ideas, giving them exposure on a global platform. This year’s finalists were chosen for their original solutions contributing to a better tomorrow, while articulating the Lexus brand’s core principles of Anticipate, Innovate, Captivate. 

The six finalists were selected from 1 726 entries from 57 countries/regions by a panel of renowned design experts. The finalists now have the incredible opportunity of mentorship by four international creatives, with whom they will interact directly while developing prototypes within a budget of around $25 000 each. 

From concept to prototype to presentation 

“I was impressed by the creators’ sensitivity to real-life issues faced by individuals with disabilities and the challenges facing society, such as sustainable coexistence with nature,” said Lexus Design Award 2022 judge Anupama Kundoo. “The mentoring process will optimise the impact of the finalists’ designs. I greatly enjoyed working with such a diverse jury and finding so much alignment.” 

Earlier in January, the six finalists participated in a five-day workshop with four mentors: Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Sabine Marcelis, and Yosuke Hayano, receiving professional guidance to explore the potential of their ideas and help bring them to life. Finalists will continue working with mentors to flesh out their prototypes in the three months leading up the final.  

The Grand Prix Winner will be selected based on the finalists’ presentations of how their prototypes put their design concepts into practice. The six finalists will also receive personalised individual follow-up consultations with each of the panel members to explore career paths and assist with their professional development. 

The Lexus Design Award 2022 finalists are: 

Scroll to the right on the gallery below to see the six finalists’ innovative creations.

Chitofoam by Charlotte Böhning & Mary Lempres (based in the USA). 
The biodegradable packaging solution is derived from the exoskeletons of mealworms that have digested polystyrene foam waste. It’s been found that mealworms can safely digest polystyrene, and biopolymers made from chitosan extracted from their exoskeleton will be used to create an environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene foam. 

Hammock Wheelchair by Wondaleaf (Malaysia). 
This combination wheelchair, forklift and hammock aims to reduce the manual lifting of patients by caregivers. A cloth with tunnel casings acts as a pallet, while a wheelchair with two prongs acts like a forklift. 

Ina Vibe by Team Dunamis (Nigeria). 
A lightweight, portable gas-powered cooking burner/stove with a thermoelectric generator, Ina Vibe harnesses heat energy to generate sustainable, affordable and clean electricity, making it possible to cook, charge and light in a sustainable and healthy way. 

Rewind by Poh Yun Ru (Singapore). 
Designed to evoke memories, Rewind uses a motion-tracking tool that guides seniors with dementia in re-enacting familiar gestures. These actions are then reflected as audio-visual feedback on a paired device that triggers recollection. 

Sound Eclipse by Kristil & Shamina (Russia). 
This noise-cancelling device reduces noise from outside when placed near an open window. The microphone on the back captures the noise, while speakers emit sound waves of identical amplitude to the original noise, but of inverted phase. These waves combine and so cancel each other out. 

Tacomotive by Kou Mikuni (Japan). 
This tangible analogue driving simulator is designed for children with visual and aural challenges to enable them to enjoy tactile exploration. The texture of the paper, with its roughness and softness, changes subtly with pattern cutting. 

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