The global Lexus Design Award competition serves as a platform for emerging designers and creators whose works can lead to a better future.
Every year, the Lexus Design Award attracts thousands of entrants from around the world, eager to gain access to the world-class mentoring, prototype funding and global exposure that the overall winner enjoys. Dynamic creators submit unique proposals that explore ways in which technology can be used to design a better tomorrow. The categories include industrial design, architecture, technology/engineering, interior design and fashion design.
Six finalists are chosen from the many submissions. In 2021, the prototypes of the finalists’ proposals will be exhibited at Milan Design Week, where the Grand Prix winner will also be announced.
For this edition of the Lexus Design Award, returning judges Paola Antonelli and Simon Humphries are joined by two new faces: leading Chinese architect Dong Gong, and influential US architect and artist Greg Lynn. This year’s new mentors – artist and designer Sputniko!, architect Mariam Kamara and designer Sabine Marcelis – will work alongside designer and inventor Joe Doucet, who returns for his second year.
Dong Gong is the founder of Vector Architects. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale and won numerous international awards, while his firm has been included in the 100 Best Architecture Firms in the World list. Vector Architects was also the overall winner of the Italian Archmarathon Awards in 2016.
Greg Lynn is the founder and owner of Greg Lynn FORM, and co-founder and CEO of robotics company Piaggio Fast Forward. In addition to buildings, he has designed high-performance sailboats, high-technology robots, and furniture and consumer products for Vitra, Alessi, Swarovski and Nike.
Sputniko! is best-known for her film and multimedia installation works, which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has exhibited at the 2016 Setouchi Triennale and Triennale di Milano, and as part of “Future and the Arts” at the Mori Art Museum in 2019. She is currently an associate professor of design at the Tokyo University of the Arts.
Mariam Kamara’s work is guided by the belief that architects have an important role to play in thinking up spaces with the power to elevate, dignify and provide a better quality of life. Since 2018, Kamara has been working with Sir David Adjaye under the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She is also a 2019 laureate
of the Prince Claus Award, which recognises creatives who have a positive impact on their community.
Sabine Marcelis’s accolades include the Wallpaper Design Award for Designer of the Year in 2020, an Elle Deco International Design Award in 2019, and being named 2019’s young designer of the year as well as GQ Middle East’s breakthrough artist. Applying a strong aesthetic viewpoint to her collaborations with industry specialists allows her to intervene in the manufacturing process, and to use material research and experimentation to achieve new and surprising visual effects.