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Lexus Design Award 2022: Call for Entries Now Open

DATE: 11.08.2021

Lexus recently announced a call for entries to the Lexus Design Award 2022, an international design competition launched in 2013. Over the years, many distinguished leaders of the design world have generously contributed to the Lexus Design Award’s mission of nurturing and supporting the next generation of creators. Now in its tenth year, the Lexus Design Award continues to evolve as a platform for design innovation that leads to a better tomorrow. Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2022 competition will be accepted until October 10, 2021.

Entrants will be expected to demonstrate how their creative ideas express three key principles of the Lexus brand: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. Their designs should anticipate global challenges facing society and imagine engaging and innovative ways to contribute to a sustainable future, while seamlessly enhancing the happiness of all. Lexus is looking for captivating designs that intersect with thoughtful solutions and ideas that can truly create a brighter tomorrow for people and societies in diverse circumstances.

The Lexus Design Award distinguishes itself from other design competitions by inviting four of the world's foremost creators to serve as mentors to six finalists, providing a priceless, once-in-a-lifetime learning and mentoring experience. Through one-on-one dialogues with these esteemed mentors from various backgrounds and specializations, the finalists receive personalized guidance to build and evolve prototypes that bring out the potential of their ideas.

Over the past nine editions, the Lexus Design Award has showcased 90 creative works and celebrated the talents of 139 individuals and teams who are helping shape a better tomorrow through the power of design.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the Lexus Design Award 2022 and extend our annual invitation to talented creatives to share their ideas with the world. This program offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of emerging designers to bring their visions to life with the help of renowned industry experts and contribute to a better tomorrow,” said Kei Fujita, Chief Representative, Middle East and Central Asia Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “Going beyond the conventional to create amazing experiences has always defined Lexus’ bold approach to design. Our esteemed panel of judges will also be looking for ideas that are grounded in sustainability and can create a positive impact on society. I would like to thank everyone involved in the Lexus Design Award for their continuous support, which ensures the award’s success year after year in uncovering innovative solutions from the brightest young minds across the globe.”

An elite judging committee will review the entries from around the globe, choosing six finalists to be announced in early 2022. The finalists’ prototype development is funded by Lexus with a budget of up to JPY 3 million (over USD 25,000) each. In the spring of 2022, the six finalists will present their final proposals to the judges, who will then select one Grand Prix winner. Lexus will announce the names of the Lexus Design Award 2022 judging committee members and mentors later this year.

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Lexus Design Award 2022

Application Deadline

October 10, 2021

Judging Criteria

  • How the design can enhance the happiness of everyone.
  • How the design embodies the three principles of the Lexus brand:
    • Anticipate: Do the concept and design anticipate global challenges facing future society?
    • Innovate: Does the design demonstrate new thinking and originality in its proposal and execution?
    • Captivate: Is the design intriguing and compelling when in concept and execution?

Judges & Mentors

To be announced in fall 2021

Award Categories

  • One Grand Prix winner (selected from the six finalists)
  • Six finalists


  • Six finalists to be invited to mentorship — a series of sessions with mentors from diverse fields who guide finalists in developing ideas into prototypes.
  • Six finalists will have global media exposure to help drive career advancement.
  • Six finalists to receive up to 3 million JPY (over USD 25K) each for prototype production costs.
  • Six finalists will have an opportunity to expand their professional horizons by engaging the four judges in dialogue, one-on-one.
  • See Official Rules for more details.


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