Lexus has announced that it is making two of the winning works from its Lexus Design Award, Inaho Lighting and World Clock, exclusively available under its Crafted For Lexus line. The Crafted For Lexus line is a curated collection of items that reflects the Lexus brand values of artisan craftsmanship and design innovation.
Both products will be made available exclusively at select Lexus outlets. Initially, these products will be available at the Intersect by Lexus brand experience space in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, and will later be available in other Lexus guest experience spaces across the globe.
An international competition, the Lexus Design Award programme was created to nurture up-and-coming designers who use design to build a better future for individuals and society. Now in its seventh year, Lexus Design Award is accepting submissions for Lexus Design Award 2019. Call for entries ends on October 28, 2018.
Inaho, which means “ear of rice” in Japanese, is an interior lighting fixture that mimics the slow, swaying movement of ears of rice swaying with the wind in a rice field. From the pliant, lightweight carbon fibre used for the stems, to the countless perforations precise to the 0.1mm that help produce a warm golden-hued glow, and the wooden panel, from which the stems grow, each component contributes to creating a relaxing atmosphere. To ensure a high level of craftsmanship, the creators of Inaho Lighting used the same wood panel material used in Lexus vehicles for its base.
The twelve-angle-shaped World Clock displays the local time in twelve different cities across the world each time it is rolled. Its minimalist exterior design, a characteristic inherent in creations from its designer Masafumi Ishikawa, emphasises the level of craftsmanship that went into this unique World Clock. To build the clock’s face, Ishikawa used the same carbon fibre panel also found in Lexus performance vehicles.