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Lexus Design Award: 4th annual Grand Prix winner, coming up!

This sponsored post is brought to you by Lexus. On April 11, in the midst of Milan Design Week, the Grand Prix winner of the fourth-annual Lexus Design Award 2016 will be revealed. Chosen from an international field of over 1,200, 12 project entries made it to Milan, eight runners-up on photo display, and four finalists with working prototypes to show. One, selected from four finalist prototypes, will take the prize.

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The theme of this year’s competition is Anticipation – of the needs of people and society – in keeping with the Lexus Award’s mission to encourage rising design talent and smart, future-improving design. The competition involves a world-class judging panel, and a funded mentorship stage that pairs top designers with four finalists, to turn concepts into fully working prototypes. This clever twist allows fresh ideas to be identified early and put to the test through development and refinement, as part of the awards process.

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DADA by Myungsik Jang is a building block toy that opens up imagination by transcending rigid, right-angle geometry.

By the numbers, there were 1,232 entries from 73 countries, curated down to just 12. The leading four projects chosen for prototyping include a naturally occurring, biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging (AGAR PLASTICITY), a modular fashion textile for reconfigurable clothing (Shape Shifters), a clock that continually marks the present moment with a fleeting visual event (TRACE), and a building block toy that opens up imagination by transcending rigid, right-angle geometry (DADA).

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AGAR PLASTICITY by AMAM is a naturally occurring, biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging. (an earlier version is shown here)

The additional eight finalists are equally intriguing:

– a smart planter that wears soil status in shifting colors

– a parachute-free airdrop system for distributing humanitarian aid

– a magnetized umbrella that gently connects people

– educational fashion in the form of functional animal clothing

– a playfully versatile wireless lamp made from magnetic rubber

– a headphone system that precisely locates the source of sounds

– a table made by upcycling fallen leaves

– a door that slows down the transition from one space to the next.

Exciting!

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Shape Shifters by Angelene Laura Fenuta is a modular fashion textile for reconfigurable clothing. (an earlier version is shown here)

The thoughtfully conceived Lexus Design Award, a testament to the meticulous design philosophy of a Japanese luxury automaker, is nothing short of profoundly refreshing. The fourth-annual Grand Prix winner will be announced on April 11th, with all the details here at MOCO LOCO…coming up!

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TRACE by Begum Ayaskan, Bike Ayaskan is a clock that continually marks the present moment with a fleeting visual event.

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