Indian Designers Win Top Awards At Lexus Design Award India 2019

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Lexus India has announced the winners of the second Lexus Design Award India (LDAI). The company reiterating their focus on ‘innovative design with a cause’ handed out awards across 12 categories, and the Jury’s Choice Award, having received 557 entries for the LDAI 2019.

Lexus India had announced the call for entries in September 2018 for the second edition of the LDAI. Winners from the 12 categories and the Jury’s Choice Award received Lexus Design Award India trophies designed specially by Michael Foley, and the winning works will be promoted by Lexus India on digital media and at the Lexus Guest Experience Centers.


Open Category Indian Institute of Science Project Title: CleaneRAT – Smart n Portable Sewer Maintenance and De-clogging Robot

An Internet of Things based sewer inspection & de-clogging system that provides empowerment and dignity.

Student Category Kerala Institute of Design Project Title: UNI-CAST

A re-sizeable cast to lock elbow and twisting action of wrist for curing hand fracture.

Craft Design Knot Studio Project Title: Kalpavriksha

This project seeks to inject new life into the dying art of weaving with palm leaves and coir by exploring the different possibilities by incorporating these designs in contemporary furniture.

Lifestyle Accessory Design Foley Designs Pvt Ltd Project Title: South Indian Breakfast Set

A compact & stylish South Indian Breakfast cutlery set that makes cooking hassle-free.

Textile Design Amaze Range Project Title: Amaze range

AMAZE, a family of cotton linen blend, hand block printed upholstery fabrics, has been created with patterns designed to bring the magic of Indian heritage water systems into focus.

Design Thinking Kiran Bir Sethi Project Title: Design for Change
A global movement that cultivates the ‘I Can’ mindset in every child. DFC offers a simple 4 step design thinking framework to help schools foster a learning environment by nurturing both Content and Character, Passion and Compassion, Doing Good and Doing Well- by Design and not by chance.
Furniture Design Amazng Furniture & Accessories LLP Project Title: Moh – The Tray-Side Table

A dynamic range of designs from Amazng furniture that stands for quality craftsmanship and new age design.

Product Design NeoMotion Assistive Solutions Pvt. Ltd Project Title: NeoMotion Mobility Solutions

NeoFly, a wheelchair, is designed for individual customization, correct posture, energy conservation, and compactness to enhance accessibility. NeoBolt, a motor-powered clip-on, converts NeoFly into a safe, roadworthy vehicle, which can travel up to 30kms per charge on any terrain.

Packaging Design Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd Project Title: Pluspack : User-centric secondary pack designed for Hervycta, a chemo drug

A user-centric secondary pack designed for Hervycta that facilitates efficient and responsible drug management by reducing the overall box footprint, before and after reconstitution and helps in better space management at the hospital or the home.

Public Utility Design Prasanna  Desai Architects Project Title: Smart City : Healthy Aundh, Pune

A project conceived as a part of the Smart City Mission in Pune, to create a Neighborhood Up-gradation Programme based on 3S concept enabling citizens to move safely, under natural shade of trees creating socially Vibrant Neighborhood.

Business Impact of Design Prof. Dhimant Panchal, Director, MIT Institute of Design Project Title: Design of CNC Machines

The range of machines designed in such a way that it looks contemporary, is easy to manufacture and market. This was achieved without any major investments. The designer utilized ergonomic and user-centric approach while designing the product.

Design for Social Impact NGO – Artisans Collective Project Title: Commitment to Kashmir (CtoK)

CtoK is a charitable trust launched in 2011 with the aim of bringing designers and artisans together and empowering craftspeople from Kashmir to become independent entrepreneurs.

Jury’s Choice Award Design Directions Pvt Ltd. Project Title: Nadi Tarangini

A device designed to mimic Nadi Pariksha – an ancient Ayurvedic technique of Pulse Diagnosis which can accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances in the body.


 Notably, the winners of the Open and Student categories from the Lexus Design Award India 2019, will also be invited to the Lexus Design Event, at the Milan Design Week 2019. The complete list of winners is available in the Annex.

“We brought the Lexus Design Award to India in 2018 because India possesses an incredible depth of design talent, and we wanted to give these designers an opportunity to exhibit their skills. The range of entries and the sheer imagination, skill and focus evident in each one of them has been impressive. We are excited about the future of design in India and are committed to helping expand the country’s design capabilities,” said P.B. Venugopal, President, Lexus India.

With the theme “Design for a Better Tomorrow”, LDAI 2019 was open to emerging designers, both professional and students. Lexus believes in the efficacy of design to bring the right solutions for the various problems faced by society, and the Lexus Design Award India has been crafted to recognize and reward excellence in design, craftsmanship, and innovative technology; the core philosophies of the Lexus brand. Now in its second year, the program invited designers to submit entries which incorporate the fundamental Lexus principles of “Anticipate,” “Innovate,” and “Captivate”

“The Lexus brand is built on great design that guarantees comfort, luxury, safety and sustainability. Our commitment to responsible design permeates every aspect of our work and the Award is our way of ensuring the legacy of design with a purpose, is carried forward by a new generation of designers. We are extremely pleased with the response to the awards and impressed with the quality of entries. We look forward to encouraging designers, and providing the right atmosphere for responsible design in India,” said N Raja, Chairman, Lexus India.

The LDAI 2019 was judged by a panel of design industry luminaries, chaired by Ashish Deshpande, and the award ceremony was held during the Pune Design Festival 2019. Lexus India also showcased its deep focus on innovative design, and material advancements made through the years at the Lexus Design Award India. Winning entries from the global Lexus Design Award, and Lexus Design Award India 2018, along with the recently launched Lexus ES 300h were exhibited at the venue.

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