Lexus Design Award 2020



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, and in previous years, the chance to showcase their works at one of the design calendar’s most prestigious events - Milan Design Week.

Design for a better tomorrow

The 2020 Lexus Design Award called upon next generation creators from around the world to "Design for a better tomorrow". Of the 2,042 entries from 79 countries, only one Grand Prix winner will be selected from a shortlist of six finalists, based on three key Lexus principles: Anticipate, Innovate, Captivate. 

The six finalists have used innovative techniques and materials to highlight the interplay between design and technology. In many cases, they have incorporated biodegradable materials and used renewable energy sources. 


The 2020 Finalists


Designer: Sutherlin Santo (USA)

Bio.Scales are a modular air filtration system designed to be reconfigurable and scalable with minimal maintenance. Using a custom algorithm that translates 2D images into 3D robotic toolpaths, Bio.Scales are printed to exacting aesthetic and structural specifications. Each compostable scale is made from a biopolymer material that extracts and stores carbon dioxide and other harmful compounds.


Designer: Théophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero (France, Italy / Based in United Kingdom)

Feltscape is a breathing cloud made from felt and thermoplastic that captures noise and customises interior acoustic and lighting qualities. Feltscape is the result of an innovative fabrication process that combines thermoplastics with industrial felt, as well as haute couture techniques and robotic additive manufacturing.

Flash Pak

Designer: Yaokun Wu (China / Based in USA)

Flash Pak is a smart inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Device) designed specifically for groups of students whose schools are in regions where flash floods are prevalent. The Flash Pak is stored at schools with easy access for each student, and would be distributed to students during an emergency evacuation. It is designed to be comfortable, fit close to the body, and be easy to put on and operate. The design utilises key features including: an individual mesh-network device, a haptic navigation system, and a flotation device. 

Flash Pak


Designer: Irina Samolilova (Russia)

Lick is a portable body cleaner that helps people who do not have the opportunity or access to bathe or shower. It has a shell in which the main mechanism and liquid are hidden. Within the outer shell is a soft tongue that rotates. It’s soft, resilient, and can take the form to which it is pressed. This way you can thoroughly clean areas such as between your fingers or armpits. Perhaps most fascinating is the texture of the tongue. The tongue has villi, as on a cat's tongue which perfectly capture liquid and impurities on the skin. The villi on the roller will help wash even a surface with hair.

Open Source Communities

Designer: BellTower (Kenya) 

Open Source Communities is a proposal outlining an efficient way of designing communities in developing countries based on using smart open-source plans. The designers endeavour to see how these designs may be refined for adaptability to create connected homes that are sustainable.

Open Source Communities


Designer: Aqsa Ajmal (Pakistan)

In Pakistan approximately 45% of the working population works in the textile industry. However, the visually impaired can sometimes face additional obstacles when seeking employment in this industry even though Pakistan has a rich culture and history of sewing. Pursewit provides an easier way to incorporate sewing skills into income generation, with increased reliance upon touch and other senses to make use of the machine more intuitive.

The 2020 Grand Prix Selection

This year, the Grand Prix Selection will take place virtually on September 1, and will link the  six finalists to the  esteemed judging panel of Paola Antonelli, Jeanne Gang, John Maeda, and Simon Humphries.

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