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Since its launch in 2013, the Lexus Design Award has served as a platform for emerging creators from around the world whose works display innovative design excellence. 

It provides a unique opportunity for each finalist to be mentored by a globally recognised designer, fund and build their prototype.


Six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2021, have been selected by a distinguished jury from among 2,079 entries submitted by creators in 66 countries. Four leading design experts will directly mentor the finalists, giving them a once-in-a lifetime experience as they prototype their ideas.

The Finalists



by Kenji Abe

CY-BO is a new form of cytologically-inspired packaging material that can transform into various shapes by combining the pieces together. Infinitely reusable and rearrangeable, it can be converted into all manner of products for different applications depending on the ideas of the user.


by Gayle Lee and Jessica Vea

Heartfelt aims to explore what ‘being present’ might look like during the age of a pandemic, and seeks to assist with the anxiety and emotional stresses of being alone through simple long-distance devices. "Small device, big heart."


by Alina Holovatiuk

InTempo are mitts to aid people facing emotional stress (e.g. Sociophobia) in public spaces / during public actions. Touching certain spots on the mitts to the rhythm of music may help a person to calm themselves down.


by Irmandy Wicaksono

KnitX is a set of functional textiles computationally-integrated with digital knitting. The use of active and electronic fibers in the design enables garment and interior fabrics that dynamically respond to gesture and sunlight, change their appearance, and provide thermoregulation.

Solar Desalination Skylight

by Henry Glogau

A holistic approach to providing coastal informal settlements with water, energy and natural light. The design utilizes abundant solar energy and seawater to create a Solar Desalination Skylight. It emits a natural diffused light, produces drinking water, and utilizes leftover salt brine for energy creation.

Terracotta Valley Wind

by Intsui Design - Chenkai Guo, Baohua Sheng, Yilei Lyu, Yu Zhang

A terracotta evaporative cooling system that cools subway stations during summer and reduces energy consumption. Terracotta is an inexpensive and accessible clay material. Its nature allows water to quickly evaporate, while utilizing the unused wind resource in subway stations, maximizing the value of train-induced wind.

Finalists will continue to work with the mentors as they develop their prototypes toward the Grand Prix selection. Judging panel of renowned design leaders: Paola Antonelli, Dong Gong, Greg Lynn and Simon Humphries will select Grand Prix Winner based on their final prototypes and presentations in April 2021.


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