after 2079 registrations from 66 countries, LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021 crowns its grand prize – bravo, henry glogau! Improving sunlight, the portable solar still uses low-tech community architecture to turn polluted water and seawater into drinking liquid. it helps design a better future – the founding mission of the international design competition, which is shaped by the principles of anticipating, innovating and captivating.
follow the path to success, below, with the work of the six finalists of LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021, invaluable mentoring program and expert judgmental advice.
2021 Grand Prix winner Henry Glogau holding the trophy designed by their 2013 winner Hideki Yoshimoto from Tangent
LEXUS is driven by a passion for design. launched in 2013, the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD calls every year for projects that shape a better future. it aims to create a better future by nurturing creative people – the next generation of young talent.
(left) Joe Doucet, designer and founder of Joe Doucet X Partners, and (right © atelier masomi) Mariam Kamara, principal architect at Atelier Masomi
mentors of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
As a core principle of the platform, the six finalists chosen benefit from an invaluable personal mentoring program. varied by their background, their disciplines and their experience, the mentors of each year are among the most renowned personalities of the creative community. the 2021 award welcomed the mentors Joe doucet, designer and founder of joe doucet x partners; mariam kamara, principal architect at the masomi workshop; sabine marcelis, creator and founder of studio sabine marcelis; and sputniko!, artist and designer, associate professor at tokyo university of the design arts department. Held virtually, a workshop offered the finalists a unique and irreplaceable experience by receiving direct, inspiring and insightful feedback from the mentors. this advice continued throughout the award with continued access through one-on-one online sessions.
‘I want to congratulate all the finalists for their solid projects and hard work! I was very impressed with how the finalists all managed to absorb the advice of the mentors to move their projects in meaningful directions, with such rapidity. Another aspect that I liked about mentoring the finalists’ projects was the fact that all of the teams envisioned tackling extremely pressing, large-scale issues through their design, ranging from water scarcity, energy efficiency, plastic pollution and mental health issues during the pandemic. it was a pleasure to be a mentor for the LEXUS DESIGN AWARDS, and I encourage more young aspiring designers to apply in 2022,‘ said to mentor sputniko!
(left © floor knaapen) sabine marcelis, designer and founder of studio sabine marcelis, and (right) sputniko !, artist and designer, associate professor at tokyo university of the arts department of design
mentors of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
(left © 2016 marton perlaki) paola antonelli, senior curator at MoMA, new york, and (right) simon humphries, director of toyota & lexus global design
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD judges
with advice and funds to help develop prototypes, the finalists presented their designs to an esteemed jury. each member offers a diverse set of skills as well as experiences in the creative field. for 2021, the judges included paola antonelli, senior curator at MoMA, New York; and Simon humphries, head of toyota & lexus; and will be joined by dong gong, founder and design director of vector architects; and Greg lynn, architect and CEO of piaggio fast forward.
‘I was very impressed with the brief, the mentors, the work of all the finalists and the grand prize winner. congratulations to the winner and also to the award process. it worked so well and provided mentorship and resources which allowed great ideas to flourish,‘ comments Judge Greg Lynn. ‘the winner was one of the designers who surprised me the most from the nomination to the final submission. the winner’s coherent mission persisted while the transformation of scale and social function was exemplary. the design becomes more refined, more functional and more open source in the process. the ability to produce working prototypes was important to all involved, but for the winner, she highlighted the multiple potential of the system which has become much more than just a product or device, but rather a portable and deployable infrastructure.
(left) dong gong, founder and design director of vector architects, and (right) greg lynn, piaggio architect and ceo, fast forward.
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD judges
WINNER OF THE LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021: PORTABLE SOLAR DISTILLER BY HENRY GLOGAU
portable solar still by henry glogau, a New Zealand graduate from the Royal Danish Academy with a master’s degree specializing in architecture and extreme environments, has been selected as the grand prize winner of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021. the still provides clean drinking water from water polluted and sea using sunlight. the low-tech, lightweight and versatile structure can be configured in many ways and with different materials to help communities. creating a shaded gathering place, the design combines local resource production with community architecture.
‘it is a great honor to be selected as the winner of the 2021 Grand Prix, and i would like to thank the judges. when you look at the level and quality of the finalists and their projects and the progress that has been made throughout, each of us could have been the winner. I also want to thank the mentors – their expertise in a variety of areas has really strengthened not only our designs, but also us as designers. As finalists, we will cherish the stimulating questions and conversations we had, and we were fortunate enough to experience them. and finally, a big thank you to LEXUS. be part of a prestigious award like this with a company that is truly passionate about design for a better future and provides emerging designers with a platform and a solid foundation on which to build their design futures, c ‘It’s incredible,‘ explains Henry Glogau.
portable solar still by henry glogau
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD FINALIST: CY-BO BY KENJI ABE
cy-bo by kenji abe, graduated from the product design department of tama art university, is a new form of cytologically inspired packaging material. it transforms into different shapes as the pieces are combined. this makes it infinitely reusable, reorganizable and adaptable to the user and to all kinds of applications.
cy-bo by kenji abe
kenji abe, finalist of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021 FINALIST: HEARTFELT BY GAYLE LEE AND JESSICA VEA
sincere by gayle lee and jessica vea, a creative technologies graduate from Auckland University of Technology, explores what ‘being there’ might look like during a pandemic. the device reflects the heart rate of your loved one, promotes psychological support, personal connection, and seeks to help with the anxiety and emotional stress of isolation.
sincere by gayle lee and jessica vea
(left) Gayle Lee and (right) Jessica Vea, 2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD finalists
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD FINALIST: INTEMPO BY ALINA HOLOVATIUK
intempo by alina holovatiuk, an architect from Kiev, Ukraine, is an app and phone cover that helps people dealing with emotional stress, such as panic attacks and sociophobia. Designed for use in public spaces or interactions, the user can touch dots on the blanket with music to help calm down.
intempo by alina holovatiuk
alina holovatiuk, finalist of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD FINALIST: KNITX BY IRMANDY WICAKSONO
knitx by irmandy wicaksono, engineer and designer in electricity and textiles, explores the limits of his creative fields. electronics, textiles and musical interfaces are intertwined in everyday fabrics. musical clothing offers interactivity, responding to tactile and proxemic gestures, and evoking the bidirectionality between dance and music.
knitx by irmandy wicaksono
irmandy wicaksono, finalist of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
2021 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD FINALIST: TERRACOTTA VALLEY WIND BY INTSUI DESIGN
terracotta valley wind by intsui design, a design group based in Tokyo, Japan, is an evaporative cooling system that cools subway stations during the summer and reduces energy consumption. using terracotta – an inexpensive and accessible clay material – the water can evaporate quickly. the system also uses unused wind resources, thus maximizing the value of wind induced by trains.
terracotta valley wind by intsui design
intsui design studio, finalist of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2021
price: LEXUS DESIGN AWARD
grand prize winner: Henry glogau
finalists: kenji abe, gayle lee and jessica vea, alina holovatiuk, irmandy wicaksono and intsui design