The projects of the six finalists of the Lexus Design Award 2022 tackle - with ingenuity - sustainable challenges and difficulties related to everyday life. Four designer-tutors assist young creatives in the development of their ideas

Lexus announced the six finalists of the Lexus Design Award 2022, selected from the 1,726 proposals presented by creatives from 57 countries . Young talents will have the privilege of being followed by four renowned international designers - Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Sabine Marcelis and Yosuke Hayano - with whom they will interact directly during the ' the entire development process of their projects, with a budget of 3,000,000 yen (approximately € 23,000) each.

What is the Lexus Design Award

Now in its 10th edition, the Lexus Design Award has continued to evolve since 2013 with the mission of supporting and nurturing young creatives. Indeed, the international competition identifies promising talents whose innovative ideas receive high-profile cross-media training thanks to a consolidated global platform. The finalists of the ' 2022 edition were chosen for their original solutions that contribute to a better tomorrow , applying the three fundamental principles of the Lexus brand: < strong> anticipate, innovate and involve.

The finalists of the Lexus Design Award 2022


  • Chitofoam by Charlotte Böhning & amp; Mary Lempres (USA/Germany and USA/Norway, based in USA): A biodegradable packaging solution derived from the exoskeletons of mealworms that have digested polystyrene foam waste.
  • Hammock Wheelchair by Wondaleaf (Malaysia): a combination of wheelchair, forklift and hammock to reduce manual lifting of patients by healthcare professionals.
  • Ina Vibe by Team Dunamis (Nigeria): a light and portable gas burner/stove with a generator that harnesses thermal energy to generate sustainable, economical and clean electricity, making it possible cooking, loading and lighting.
  • Rewind by Poh Yun Ru (Singapore): a device that uses multisensory stimulation to recall familiar gestures and meaningful memories in elderly people with dementia.
  • Sound Eclipse by Kristil & Shamina (Russia): a device to be placed near an open window which, based on sound waves that combine and cancel each other out, suppresses noises coming from outside.
  • Tacomotive by Kou Mikuni (Japan): a tactile driving simulator, an analog game based on the perception of the paper texture, developed for education, communication and co-creation with children with visual and hearing impairments.

A professional guide

In early January, the six finalists attended a five-day seminar with the four mentors/tutors - Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Sabine Marcelis and Yosuke Hayano - receiving professional creative guidance to explore the potential of their ideas together; the collaboration will continue also in the prototype construction phase.

The jury, the winner and the path to take

In spring 2022 the renowned jury, composed among others by Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries, will decide the winner of the Grand Prix. Thanks to exclusive one-to-one follow-up sessions, the six finalists will receive personalized consultations with each of the panel members to explore together possible career paths to take.

“I was struck by the sensitivity of creatives to real-life problems faced by people with disabilities and the challenges that society must face, such as sustainable coexistence with nature. The mentoring process will optimize the success of the finalists' projects” explains Anupama Kundoo.

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