September 1, 2020 - September 23, 2020

Lexus Design Award: Six Past Japanese Finalists Exhibition

To mark the announcement of the winner of the Lexus Design Award 2020 Grand Prix, INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO’s ground-floor Garage space is hosting an exhibition of six works by prominent past Japanese finalists from September 1 to September 23, 2020.

Inspired by the idea that design can help shape a better future for society, the Lexus Design Award is an international competition founded in 2013 to support and foster up-and-coming design talent. The 2020 edition of the award attracted 2,042 entries from 79 countries and regions worldwide. The Kenyan creative team BellTower won the Grand Prix for its Open Source Communities.

The Garage space features panels and screens introducing the six finalists and Grand Prix announcement for the 2020 award as well as six works by past Japanese finalists. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience first-hand the forward-looking design innovations showcased by the Lexus Design Award.

Entries are also now open for the Lexus Design Award 2021 until October 12 at 6:59 JST.

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Exhibition: September 1–23, 2020

Exhibits and Designers

2013 Finalist work: making porcelain with an ORIGAMI
Designer: Hitomi Igarashi
Origami Porcelain uses circular paper molds instead of plaster molds. The paper mold creates an extreme thinness that cannot be achieved by using traditional methods. The delicate differences between each piece that are produced by this technique offers new possibilities for porcelain production.

2016 Finalist Work: Bio-Vide
Designer: Takuma Yamazaki
A project which contemplates the ‘consumption of life’ which occurs during the manufacturing of products. The outer shell, which is constructed from leaves, is designed to be the only part that is torn open, to make people feel a sense of finality and meaning through their actions.

2016 Finalist Wok: Agar Plasticity – A potential usefulness of agar for packaging and more
Designer: AMAM / Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani and Akira Muraoka
A series of packaging materials made from agar. An environmentally friendly material, agar products after use can serve as a material to improve the water-retention property of soil, or should it reach the sea, would not harm marine life.

2018 Finalist Work: Recycled Fiber Planter
Designer: Eriko Yokoi
The planter is made from the process of tearing old clothes then reconstructing them into batten fiber material. The planter becomes both a container and soil where seeds can be sowed directly on to it. As plants take root in this soft and light material and grow away from the ground, the project reconsiders how people enjoy potted plants and proposes a new form of relation between plants and people.

2013 Finalist Work: Inaho
Designer: Tangent
An interior lighting inspired by a golden ear of rice slowly swinging in the wind. The movement reminds people of the rural countryside, connecting the experience with their personal memory to find new value.

2017 Finalist Work: Mass Production to Unique Items
Designer: TAKEHANAKE-Bungorogama
Portable kiln that transforms mass-produced ceramics into a “one-of-a-kind” unique item. Through the process of re-baking the pottery, the item becomes unique to the individual changing the value of the piece.

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