Milan Design Week is coming up April 12- 17 which means the four finalists for the Lexus Design Award will be presenting their prototypes, which four well-known mentors helped to prepare. Last time we reported about the four finalists and their inspiration, but there will also be 8 finalists who didn’t work with a mentor who will have the opportunity to present their ideas at Milan Design Week.
The first panelist is Hiroto Yoshizoe. His idea is to create mortar pot planters that change colors based on the soil dampness. He has called his design plant-skins. The following picture explains his design a little better.
The second panelist is Oliver Staiano. His design is called Project Play and appears to be a lamp with a magnetic LED light that is magnetized and able to be moved around based on the mood or look the owner choses. The following image shows some of the various locations you can place the LED light.
The third panelist is Ayami Marugata and her design concept is called aniknown. Her idea is to design clothes based on different animals, like elephants and sloths. She chooses colors, style, and materials to really tell the story of the animal through the piece of clothing.
The fourth panelist designed Bio-Vide which is are products made from fallen leaves. The designer, Takuma Yamazaki wanted to use materials that cause people to look at the whole process, from the tree to the table/paper envelope.
Chulin Yang, the fifth panelist, has designed a concept called Hexagon. Hexagon is a magnetic umbrella that can connect to other umbrellas, encouraging connection between people to protect the group against rain. Yang says, “Rain makes the world lonely, but I hope people can feel that even though they are alone, they are not lonely.”
Resolution of Sound Location, designed by duo Takato Sasaki and Yuki Shinohara or “Owls”, will be the sixth panelist. Their concept builds upon the hearing ability of owls who use their ear shapes to pick up the exact location of where a certain sound comes from. The duo believes developing a way to better detect individual sounds will be helpful when looking for survivors or for preventing accidents.
The seventh panelist, Drop Box has designed an aerodynamic box that allows necessary supplies to be dropped into disaster areas. The box is made or corrugated cardboard which makes it biodegradable as well.
The last panelist is called Slow Door. The design is made to illustrate “the space of anticipation”. By using multiple cubes to create the door, a slow motion door is created. The picture below better showcases the idea.