The 2021 Lexus Design Award has opened its inbox for entries to the ninth edition of its international design competition.
Although the winner of the 2020 Lexus Design Award Winner will not be announced until 1 September, submissions are now being invited as the brand looks to reward the best in emerging design and creative talent from around the world.
The 2021 Lexus Design Award is open to design professionals, students and enthusiasts worldwide, with closure for entries on 11 October 2020. Full details on how to take part can be found here.
Six finalists will be selected from the entries received, with each given funding to develop their idea into a prototype concept, and mentorship from ‘well-known creators from the world of international design’.
The culmination of the award will be announcement of the Grand Prix winner, who will enjoy high-profile global exposure for their work and design talent.
“Lexus believes design has the power to change the world and wants to inspire creators to produce ideas that can improve people’s lives,” said a spokesperson. “The way in which each entry reflects the three core principles of the Lexus brand – Anticipate, Innovate and Captivate – will be considered in the judging process.”
The judging panel for the 2021 Lexus Design Award will be announced in the autumn and will feature distinguished design practitioners, academics and commentators.
Previous judges have included Paola Antonelli, a curator and director at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, design critic and curator Aric Chen and internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye.
Lexus Design Award 2019’s judging panel selected Algorithmic Lace by Lisa Marks as its Grand Prix winner.
The project uses 3D modelling to create bespoke bras for breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomy surgery. The result is a combination of function and beauty that positively impacts the survivor’s body aesthetic while also providing fully customised structural comfort.
The winner of the Lexus Design Award 2020 is to be decided at a Virtual Grand Prix Selection event in August, prior to the results being revealed on 1 September. This year’s award received a record 2,042 entries from 79 countries.