They solve specific everyday problems, support and support categories often not considered by the world of design, such as the elderly and the disabled, protect the environment. Lexus on the occasion of Lexus Design Award 2022the award which, now in its tenth edition, promotes young creatives who imagine a better tomorrow.
I six finalistschosen from 1,726 proposals sent by 57 countries, received a budget of three million yen (about 23 thousand euros) each to develop their own idea, accompanied by international designer-tutors Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Sabine Marcelis e Yosuke Hayano.
Projects include Chitofoam by Charlotte Böhning & Mary Lempres (USA / Germany and USA / Norway, based in the USA), a biodegradable packaging derived from the exoskeletons of waste-eating mealworms; Hammock Wheelchair by Wondaleaf (Malaysia), a combination of one wheelchair, a lifter and a hammock to help caregivers move patients; Ina Vibe of Team Dunamis (Nigeria), a gas burner light and portable for cooking, charging devices and lighting, which uses the thermal energy produced to generate electricity. From Singapore, Poh Yun Ru with Rewind, a platform that exploits the multisensory stimulation to help seniors with dementia remember moments in their lives (pictured above). From Russia, Kristil & Shamina with Sound Eclipse, a device that when placed near a half-open window is able to eliminate external noises, using sound waves that combine and cancel each other out. Finally, from Japan, Kou Mikuni with Tacomotive, a game-simulator of tactile guidance designed for children with visual and hearing impairments. “I was struck by the sensitivity of the creators to the real-life problems faced by people with disabilities and the challenges facing society, such as the sustainable coexistence with nature ”he says Anupama Kundoo, judge of the Lexus Design Award 2022. “The mentoring process will optimize the success of the finalists’ projects. I really enjoyed working with such a diverse jury and finding so much alignment. Where there were different perspectives, those too were complementary and aligned in their core values. “At the beginning of January, the six finalists participated in a five day seminar with the four mentors, to explore the potential of their ideas, and were guided by the tutors also in the following three months in the prototyping phase.
THE WINNER IN SPRING
The Grand Prix winner will be announced in the springchosen by a jury that includes, in addition to the aforementioned Indian designer Anupama Kundoofounder of Anupama Kundoo Architects, also the Canadian designer Bruce Mau |Co-Founder & CEO of Massive Change Network, who will join the longtime judges Paola Antonelli, senior curator at the MoMA Department of Architecture and Design in New York, e Simon Humphries, head of Toyota & Lexus Global design. The evaluation criteria for the Lexus Design Award 2022 are based on the three core principles of the Lexus brand: anticipate, innovate and involve. Nominations must anticipate the global challenges of future society and suggest engaging and innovative ways to contribute to a sustainable future while enhancing the happiness of all.
THE EXHIBITION AT THE FUORISALONE
The Lexus Design Award is an international competition launched by the historic car manufacturer in 2013 and represents an opportunity offered to young designers to gain visibility on the world design scene. The prototypes of the finalists will be exhibited in June during the Milan Design Week in a location in the still secret city, where an installation by the American architect and designer will be created Germane Barnes.
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