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LEXUS Design Award for Design Students and Enthusiasts (Funded to Milan Design Week) 2018

Designboom in collaboration with Lexus present the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018.

Application Deadline: 8th October 2017

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): Milan, Italy


  • Environmental
  • Products
  • Technology
  • Fashion

About the Award: This year’s creative theme for the Lexus Design Award 2018 is “CO-,” a Latin prefix meaning with or together in harmony.

Lexus believes that great design can ensure the harmonious coexistence of nature and society.

In that sense, “CO-” is an approach that allows the brand to explore its true potential and that of the environment by creating new possibilities through collaboration, coordination and connection. Now, young designers get their turn for “CO-” to inspire them to conceive a better world.

First launched in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is an international platform to identify and recognize the next generation of global creators and designers. Imagination, Craftsmanship and Design has always been a fundamental part of Lexus brand. At Lexus, we believe in the power of creativity to change the world and build a better future. The award seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting designers and creators whose works can help to shape a better future.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Participation is open to professionals, students and design enthusiasts from every country in the world and only to individuals who have reached the age of majority. Free registration required.

Value and Number of Award: Through the Lexus Design Award, 12 finalists will have their visions showcased to the world at Milan Design Week 2018. An experience of a lifetime awaits for 4 of these finalists, who will receive funding and work with world-renowned design mentors to bring their vision for a better world to life and share it in-person at Milan. Awards include:

1) Invitation to Milan Design Week
2) Prototype Production Cost Assistance
3) Mentorship
4) An invitation to Press Party
5) Presentation Opportunity at Milan Event
6) Providing Award Certificate
7) Providing Award Press Kit

Four Prototype Winners will each receive a mentorship by an acknowledged professional to develop a prototype of his/her submitted Work. The Sponsor will cover the prototype production costs up to 3 million Yen (*includes tax, customs duty, construction fee and part of a packaging fee). Prototypes will be developed through sessions with the mentors.

In addition, the 4 (four) Prototype Winners plus 8 (eight) additional panel finalists will receive a ‘Trip Prize’ to Milan, Italy during Milan Design Week (taking place between April 16-22, 2018) and are required to attend the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2018 Exhibition and Ceremony, where the Four prototypes, and panel displays for the other eight awarded designs, will be exhibited.

‘The ‘Trip prize’ includes 1 (one) round-trip between a major airport near Finalist’s home and Milan, Italy plus accommodation for 2 (two) nights. Only one individual will be invited, regardless of whether the winning entries are submitted by an individual or a group. The Prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative is available.

Duration/Timeline of Program: 

  1. Finalist Screening Session: mid Nov
  2. Announcement of 12 Finalists: Jan 2018
  3. Milan Design Week – Grand Prix Winner Announcement: Apr 17th – 22nd 2018


Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Official Rules, please read them carefully before entering. Below we summarize the most important steps.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Designboom, Lexus

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