2015 Lexus Design Award finalists: a closer look

The 2015 Lexus Design Award saw 1,171 applicants from over 70 countries. 12 finalists designs have now been selected to be displayed at this year’s Milan Design Week.

Designs were themed on ‘Senses’ with 12 pieces chosen for display, four of which would be realised into physical prototypes under the guidance of renowned designers. Of the four prototypes, one winner will be picked and awarded the Lexus Design Award trophy.

Take a closer look at the finalists work below (click on images to enlarge):

ANIMAL MASKS – selected for prototype development

by Keita Ebidzuka (Japan)

ANIMAL MASKS allow wearers to see the world through animals’ eyes, evoking a mythical world where symbolism meets reality.

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Diomedeidae – selected for prototype development

by Adriano Alfaro (Italy), Daiki Nakamori (Japan), Gaetano Mirko Vatiero (Italy)

Generating electricity from its own flapping movements, Diomedeidae is a kinetic sculpture producing motion and light that appeal to the senses.

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LUZ – selected for prototype development

by Marina Mellado Mendieta (Spain)

LUZ uses emotional lighting technology to create an environment appropriate to any weather or climatic condition.

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Sense-Wear – selected for prototype development

by Caravan: Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati (Italy)

Sense-Wear is a collection of garments and accessories that emphasise use of human senses.

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Braille Reader

by Juchun Jung (South Korea)

The Braille Reader allows people with vision impairment to read printed materials, bridging the senses of sight and touch.

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by Naoki Kaminaka and Ryo Yamaguchi (Japan)

>crosswalk< is a crosswalk design featuring arrows that guide pedestrians.

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Embodiment of Fractal

by Hiroyuki Morita (Japan)

Embodiment of Fractal invites the viewer to experience the fresh visual and tactile experience of the fractal growth of a natural forest.

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Here Comes the Sun

by Chun-Fu Chen and Chi-Ming Pao (Taiwan)(Department of Product Design, Shu-Te University)

Here Comes the Sun is a heater that simulates sunlight coming through a window, providing warmth and hope.

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by Yuzo Azu (Japan)

Applying traditional East Asian brushwork principles, INSTAMP uses pressure and angle of touch to give emotion and artistic effect to Western lettering.

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by Amon Matsuo (Japan)

Through the application of traditional Japanese papermaking/moulding techniques to powdered shoemaking by-products, a new, unique material emerges.

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Mnote, Mnemonic Note

by Benjamin Xue (Singapore)

Mnote is a writing pad designed to take advantage of our senses to improve memory and help us retain important information.

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yamaori taniori tent

by Iyo Hasegawa (Japan)

Inspired by origami, this tent appeals to users’ senses as it is transformed from a flat sheet to a visually appealing shelter.

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Want to see more? The four prototypes and eight finalist projects will be on public display at the Lexus Space in the Zona Tortona, Milan from 14 to 19 April.

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