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Lexus International today named the 12 finalists for the prestigious Lexus Design Award 2018 following an unprecedented 1,300 entries from young designers in 68 countries.

The distinguished international design competition, now in its sixth year, brings to life the belief espoused by Lexus that great design can make the world a better place.

For this year's Award, young designers were invited to propose ideas based on the theme "CO-", derived from the Latin prefix meaning "with or together in harmony".

The finalists were chosen by a panel of eminent judges, which was further strengthened this year with the addition of world-renowned architects Sir David Adjaye and Shigeru Ban.

Sir David, recognised as one of the 100 most influential people of 2017 by TIME magazine, said: "It has been thrilling to gain insight into how the next generation of designers translates new concepts and philosophies into innovative solutions to the fundamental concerns of today."

Four of the finalists' designs - CO-RKs, Honest Egg, Recycled Fiber Planter and Testing Hypotheticals - were selected to be developed into prototypes under the guidance and mentorship of an elite team of established creators.

CO-RKs, by Portuguese designers Brimet Fernandes da Silva and Ana Trindade Fonseca, is a system that generates new product designs by connecting sustainable cork thread with a computational process.

Honest Egg, by Malaysians Paul Yong Rit Fui and Jaihar Jailani Bin Ismail, shows whether an egg is safe to consume by combining technology (intelligent pink pigment) and design (an indicator).

Recycled Fiber Planter is the result of Japanese Eriko Yokoi's vision to repurpose used clothes, including those with low recycling potential, in a fusion of textiles and green design.

Testing Hypotheticals, a collaboration by German Christopher Woebken and American Elliott P. Montgomery, proposes the development of spaces that communities could use as test grounds for new ways of living and working.

The four prototypes and detailed presentation boards from the other eight finalists will be showcased as part of the Lexus Design Event at this year's Milan Design Week in April.

A Grand Prix winner will be selected after the 12 finalists present their works to the judging panel and international media.

Past Lexus Design Award finalists and winners have garnered further success including 2014's "Iris" by Sebastian Scherer that won the German Design Award 2016 and 2015's "Sense-Wear" by Caravan that won Venice Design Week's Wearable Technologies Contest in 2016.

Milan Design Week, also known as Salone Del Mobile is the world's largest design exhibition. It presents events and exhibits by brands and designers in many categories including furniture, fashion and textiles.


For more information, please contact:

Nick Raman
PR Manager
Lexus Australia
M: +61 412 830 814


Lexus Design Award finalist CO-RKs
Lexus Design Award finalist CO-RKs
Lexus Design Award finalist Honest Egg
Lexus Design Award finalist Honest Egg
Lexus Design Award finalist Recycled Fiber Planter
Lexus Design Award finalist Recycled Fiber Planter
Lexus Design Award finalist Testing Hypotheticals
Lexus Design Award finalist Testing Hypotheticals