The Lexus Design Award is an annual international design competition targeting up-and-coming creators from around the world whose ideas and works help shape a better society.
Four of this year’s finalists will go on to produce prototypes of their designs, with mentorship from internationally recognised professionals.
Trace by Studio Ayaskan
Begum and Bike Ayaskan are a twin designer duo based in London with a passion to explore the relation between nature, humans, and objects. Their vision is to bring people closer to nature and nature closer to design, and to create dynamic pieces that change and evolve with time.
Trace is a clock that uses a liquid with UV rays and discolouration properties, allowing us to visualise the passing of time.”Anticipation is about our expectation of the future. Every second that passes is an opportunity to affect this path before us, yet in this fast paced society, how many of us take action? When we considered the theme of anticipation, we were naturally drawn to the concept of time.”
“‘Trace’ is a clock that uses UV light to invoke a colour change within a transparent photochromic solution. Every second, minute and hour is marked by a UV light beam that rotates around the face of the clock. This UV light triggers the photochromic change, leaving a trace of colour as time sweeps by. This solution fades back to transparent after around 60 seconds, leaving a trail that completely erases itself.”
“‘Trace’ is about visualising the present moment. There is anticipation in the colour change of the liquid, and anticipation in how it fades away. And if the future is based on our past, our anticipation for change should drive us to action in the present. ‘Trace is a reminder that in order to create the future that we anticipate, we must act towards it.”
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