British designer named as Lexus Design Award finalist27/03/2014
Young British designer James Fox has been named as one of the top two finalists in the 2014 Lexus Design Award.Show full story
Fox managed to fight off competition from more than 1,100 entries to claim a finalist position for Lexus’ award this year.
The success of Fox has earned him a trophy and cash support, along with professional mentoring to turn his winning concept into a full prototype. The prototype will then be shown in the Lexus exhibition at the 2014 Milan Design Week.
This year’s competition had the theme ‘Curiosity’, which Fox interpreted with his submission called ‘Macian’: a den-building kit for children.
Fox will now work with respected architect Arthur Huang in order to create a prototype model based on his concept design.
Chosen alongside Fox as a Lexus Design Award finalist was German entrant Sebastian Scherer. Scherer’s submission was titled ‘Iris’ and involved a hand-blown glass lamp with iridescent finish. He will develop his exhibition prototype with games design Robin Hunicke.
The other 10 Lexus Design Award finalists will also be invited to show their concept proposals at the 2014 Lexus Design Amazing exhibition in Milan, from April 8th to 2013.
Ideas submitted in the competition represented a wide range of design applications, including home furnishings, lighting, packaging and an interactive display.
Joining Fox and Scherer at the Milan-based event is a trio of international designers who are the main contributors to Lexus’ ‘Amazing in Motion’ exhibit.
The three designers are Fabio Novembre, Nao Tamura and the MIT Media Lab – led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii.
Italian designer Novembre has created ‘We Dance’, while New York-based Japanese designed Tamura will present ‘Interconnection’. Finally, the MIT Media Lab has created ‘TRANSFORM’, which it says fuses “technology and design”.
Lexus says that the concept of ‘Amazing in Motion’ expresses the inspiration behind such new models as its latest GS and IS saloons, as well as the upcoming RC and RC F coupes and the NX crossover.