Lexus Design Award 2018

Lexus Design Award 2018


Call for Applications




Lexus Design Award 2019


Call for Applications: Lexus Design Award 2019

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.

We’re looking for “DESIGN” that goes beyond the mastery of shape, form and function, and becomes a solution to overcome challenges.

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.

Six selected international finalists will receive once-in-a-lifetime mentoring from Sebastian Wrong, Design Director of Established & Sons, and other mentors in New York to prepare for Lexus’s Milan Design Week exhibition.

Additional mentors will be announced in October.

Meet the Judges.

The judges of the Lexus Design Award 2019 returning from last year are: Sir David Adjaye, eminent architect of such innovative works as the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times) and SPYSCAPE, an interactive experience museum with a unique intrigue and espionage theme; Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art who is also curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival; and Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International, whose vision for the competition encompasses the brand’s passion to foster a new-generation of creativity.

Apply here

Judging Criteria:


Does the concept and design anticipate not only the needs of the user experience, but the needs of society?


Does the design demonstrate new thinking and originality in its proposal and execution?


Is the design intriguing and compelling when realized in concept and execution?


No limit for design category- architecture, product design, fashion, engineering


Open to professionals, students and design enthusiasts from every country in the world and only to individuals who have reached the age of majority. Free registration.


1) Invitation to Milan Design Week to exhibit your WORK at the LEXUS Event.

2) Prototype Production Cost Assistance up to 3 million JPY

3) Mentorship in New York City

4) PR assistance by providing Award Press Kit and Award Certificate

6 (six) Prototype Finalists will be invited to New York to receive advice from various acknowledged professionals as Mentors to develop a prototype of his/her submitted Work. LEXUS will cover the prototype production costs up to 3 million JPY (*includes tax). Prototypes are to be produced between January and March 2019.

In addition, the 6 (six) Finalists will be invited to Milan Design Week and the prototypes will be exhibited at LEXUS Event.

Application Deadline

28October 2018, 23:59 (CET)