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Since its launch in 2013, the Lexus Design Award has served as a platform for emerging creators from around the world whose works display innovative design excellence. 

It provides a unique opportunity for each finalist to be mentored by a globally recognised designer, fund and build their prototype.


Lexus has announced that “Portable Solar Distiller” by Henry Glogau has won the Lexus Design Award 2021 Grand Prix, which drew 2,079 entries from 66 countries.

Chosen from the six finalists as the project that best encompasses “Design for a Better Tomorrow” based on the three key principles of the Lexus brand - Anticipate, Innovate and Captivate - the Portable Solar Distiller provides clean drinking water from polluted water or sea water, using sunlight. Merging local resource production with community architecture, this low-tech solution also serves as a shaded gathering place.

Henry Glogau stands holding his Lexus Design Award winning trophy 2021.

2021 Grand Prix Winner

"We as finalists will cherish the thought-provoking questions and conversations we had, and we were so fortunate to experience them. And lastly, a massive thank you to Lexus. Being part of a prestigious award like this with a company that is truly passionate about Design for a Better Tomorrow, and which gives up-and-coming designers a platform and solid foundation to build their design futures on is incredible."

- Henry Glogau.

The Finalists

Portable Solar Distiller

by Henry Glogau

A low-tech solution utilizing sunlight to distill polluted and sea water. The portable design merges local resource production with community architecture, providing freshwater and a shaded gathering place. A lightweight, versatile structure configurable in different ways and materials, adapting to local environments and user needs.

Henry Glogau's Solar Distiller design.


by Kenji Abe

CY-BO is a new form of cytologically-inspired packaging material that can transform into various shapes by combining the pieces together. Infinitely reusable and rearrangeable, it can be converted into all manner of products for different applications depending on the ideas of the user.


by Gayle Lee and Jessica Vea

Heartfelt explores what ‘being present’ might look like during the age of a pandemic, and seeks to assist with the anxiety and emotional stresses of being in isolation. The device reflects the heartbeat of your loved one, and promotes psychological support and personal connection.
Hands hold lit up Heartfelt device, designed by Gayle Lee and Jessica Vea
Light pink inTempo phone cover designed by Alina Holovatiuk, held in someone's right hand.


by Alina Holovatiuk

InTempo is an app and phone cover that aids people facing emotional stress (e.g. panic attacks, sociophobia) in public spaces / during public actions. Touching spots on the phone cover in time with music may help people calm themselves down.


by Irmandy Wicaksono

KnitX explores the boundaries between electronics, textiles, and musical interfaces, imbuing interactivity to everyday fabrics. The result is a musical cloth that responds to tactile and proxemic gestures and an interactive carpet that evokes the bi-directionality between dance and music.

Person performs yoga on a blue KnitX mat, designed by Irmandy Wicaksono.

Terracotta Valley Wind

by Intsui Design - Chenkai Guo, Baohua Sheng, Yilei Lyu, Yu Zhang

A terracotta evaporative cooling system that cools subway stations during summer and reduces energy consumption. Terracotta is an inexpensive and accessible clay material. Its nature allows water to quickly evaporate, while utilizing the unused wind resource in subway stations, maximizing the value of train-induced wind.

The six finalists, selected in January of this year, were mentored by Joe Doucet, Sabine Marcelis, Mariam Kamara, and Sputniko!. These four world-class creators guided the finalists in surmounting challenges on the way to the fully-refined proposals. The mentoring process was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is certain to impact each finalist’s career on the international design stage.
Sergio Barosso
Lexus Collaborations


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