Lexus Design Awards 2016 (Cash Prizes & Invitation to Milan Design Week)

Lexus Design Awards 2016 (Cash Prizes & Invitation to Milan Design Week)

Deadline: October 18, 2015

Submissions are now being accepted for the Lexus design 2016 awards. First launched in 2013, the Lexus Design Award is an international design competition that targets up-and-coming creators from around the world. The award seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting creators whose works can help to shape a better future. It provides an unique opportunity for 4 finalists to work with globally recognized designers as mentors. Their design prototypes will then be exhibited at one of the design calendar’s most important event.

The theme for the 2016 award is ‘Anticipation’. LEXUS strives to develop products and services by anticipating the needs of people and society. This year’s applicants are encouraged to submit innovative designs and unique interpretations that are true to the essence of the theme.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

The Lexus Design Award 2016 (The Contest) is open to professionals, students and design enthusiasts from every country in the world (“Entrant” or “Entrants”) and only to individuals who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry. Minors and individuals who have no or only limited legal capacity may not participate.

Employees of Toyota Motor Corporation, LEXUS International (‘Sponsor’), designboom srl (‘Producer’) and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, distributors (collectively, the ‘Contest Entities’), and each of such employees’, immediate family members and/or those living in the same household (whether legally related or not) are not eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize.

This award is open to  any designer or creator around the world. The shortlist and the Finalists will be selected on the basis of a design which is:

  • True to the essence of ‘ANTICIPATION’ with uniqueness in its interpretation;
  • Consistent with the image of Lexus ‘DESIGN’


  •  Invitation to Milan Design Week 2016.
  • Up to 3 million yen to assist in production costs of prototype.
  •  Mentorship.

Four Prototype Winners will each receive a mentorship by an acknowledged professional to develop a model 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 Prototype Winners plus 8 additional panel finalists will receive a ‘Trip Prize’ to Milan, Italy during Milan Design Week 2016 (taking place between April 12-17, 2016) and are required to attend the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2016 Exhibition and Ceremony, where the four prototypes, and panel displays for the other eight awarded designs, will be exhibited.

How to Enter

To enter, register here and submit your entry here. Please visit official rules for more information about entries.

There is no limit on the number of entries per person. If you are entering more than one Work, please submit each Work separately. Images and text must be in digital format. Entries will NOT be accepted via physical delivery. The Work may be produced in any medium but must be submitted as low res JPEG (JPG) or GIF format.Up to 6 images can be uploaded (either single or composition images).

All digital image files must be:

  • 200 KB or smaller (a low-res version of your original Work).
  • must be of exact width of 818 pixels / 72 dpi,
  • RGB color mode
  • Video upload is not mandatory

The voluntary addition of up to 2 video files can be included (in FLV format only) and each must be a maximum of 10 MB /each. Please keep the original high-res Work for publication and exhibition purposes. You will be requested to provide them only if the Work is among the shortlisted.

For more information visit Lexus design awards or e-mail [email protected]