Lexus International has announced the six finalists selected for the 2020 edition of the Lexus Design Award. LDA's 2020 theme, 'Design for a Better Tomorrow,' tasked emerging creatives to envision solutions to 21st-century challenges that anticipate, innovate and captivate.
This year's finalists include a breathing felt cloud that interacts with people and space, an accessible sewing machine designed for the visually impaired, and a smart survival apparatus that protects young students and helps them stay together in flash floods.
The six finalists will receive mentorship from a revered group of architects and design professionals - including Joe Doucet, Bethan Gray, Philippe Malouin, and Shohei Shigematsu - and have their prototypes exhibited at the upcoming Lexus Design Award Pavilion at the 2020 Milan Design Week.
2020 Lexus Design Award Finalists
by Sutherlin Santo (USA)
A modular, carbon-sequestering air filtration system assembled from robotically 3D printed biopolymer scales.
by Théophile Peju & Salvatore Cicero (France, Italy / Based in United Kingdom)
A breathing cloud made from felt and thermoplastic that captures noise and customizes interior acoustic and lighting qualities
by Yaokun Wu (China / Based in USA)
A smart survival apparatus that protects young students and helps them stay together in flash floods.
by Irina Samoilova (Russia)
A portable body cleaner for humans with a unique surface similar to a cat's tongue.
Open Source Communities
by Bell Tower (Kenya)
A project exploring the future of smart sustainable communities in developing countries using open-source home plans.
by Aqsa Ajmal (Pakistan)
An accessible sewing machine that incorporates sewing skills to assist in income generation for the visually impaired.
Photos: Courtesy of Lexus