Marjan van Aubel’s ‘8 Minutes and 20 Seconds’ Illuminates ICA Miami’s Sculpture Garden


Lexus has introduced “8 Minutes and 20 Seconds,” a captivating installation by Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel, now showcased in the sculpture garden at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). This vibrant solar sculpture reimagines the Lexus Future Zero-emission Catalyst (LF-ZC) concept car through the lens of van Aubel’s solar cell artistry. The installation, named after the time it takes sunlight to reach Earth, marks van Aubel’s debut public project in Miami and was brought to life in collaboration with spatial and experience design firm Random Studio.

Crafted using Organic Photovoltaics (OPV), “8 Minutes and 20 Seconds” transforms the LF-ZC into a graphic pattern design, reflecting the concept car’s true-to-size representation. The installation responds to viewers’ presence, activating light patterns and ripples as they move around, offering an interactive experience. At intervals, the sculpture comes alive with cascading light and a synchronized melody, mirroring the dynamics of a moving car. Throughout the day, the solar-powered sculpture absorbs energy, storing it in batteries to sustain its captivating displays.

The ambient melody emitted by the installation harmonizes with the environment, featuring warm string instruments, soft piano, and chimes, occasionally enriched with birdsong and bamboo notes—a nod to the LF-ZC’s original bamboo interior. On display until December 17th, “8 Minutes and 20 Seconds” is part of Lexus’ ongoing partnership with ICA Miami, aiming to inspire visitors during Miami Art & Design Week.

Renowned for her advocacy of sustainability in art and design, van Aubel previously mentored winners of the 2023 Lexus Design Award. The LF-ZC concept car, the inspiration behind the installation, embodies Lexus’s commitment to innovation, craftsmanship, and sustainable design. Marjan van Aubel expressed her joy in bringing the LF-ZC concept car to life and narrating a new story of generating energy beautifully through this partnership.

ICA Miami, dedicated to environmental sustainability, welcomes van Aubel’s work as a significant step in advancing innovative sustainable design, emphasizing the global drive for contemporary ecological solutions. In conjunction with the installation, Lexus will host the Lexus Art Series: Art and Innovation talks with Whitewall, featuring insightful discussions on light’s power in reimagining systems and design’s role in the public arena.

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The All-new 2022 Lexus NX: A New Era of Luxury


Introducing another time of extravagance, Lexus is accepting charge, natural innovation, execution, and plan. The all-new 2022 Lexus NX conveys a considerable rundown of firsts, including the all-new Lexus Interface interactive media framework planned in light of the North American market.

With a lower focus of gravity and more grounded position, the all-new NX epitomizes incredible plan, natural development and vast utility. The most striking update is the presentation of Lexus Interface, the coordinated interactive media and advanced help on the discretionary 14-inch touchscreen show. It offers accessible over the air refreshes, remote charging and untethered advanced cell association with the client’s novel profile. This is combined with the presentation of standard Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, in addition to Blind Spot Monitor. Furthermore, Safe Exit Assist and the imaginative Digital Latch framework are intended to make leaving the vehicle securely considerably more easy.

“The all-new Lexus NX sets another norm in the extravagance hybrid market with class-driving advancements in jolted powertrains, infotainment, driving elements, styling and security,” said Vinay Shahani, Lexus VP of promoting. “The 2022 NX incorporates the most mechanical vehicle changes since we dispatched Lexus 32 years prior. With the all-new Lexus Interface mixed media framework and an assortment of adjustable highlights, NX is an energizing initial phase in a progression of 20 all-new or refreshed Lexus vehicles by 2025.”

Amazing Design for the Future

From the refined shaft grille to the new full-width edge taillamps and LEXUS back badging, the all-new 2022 Lexus NX emanates an amazing message to those moving toward the extravagance hybrid. At the front, the refreshed grille example and casing make a more coordinated feel to the body of the vehicle. Comprised of tall U-formed squares, the axle grille is intended for a three-dimensional impact and makes a feeling of profundity while communicating a solid impression. Outlined on top by the L-molded daytime running lights (DRL), the discretionary three-projector headlamps make offset with a more quelled impression.

In the back, the Lexus logo has been updated to make a high level and present day articulation. The utilization of the L image has been supplanted by another, bound together LEXUS logo situated at the focal point of the vehicle. A full-width cutting edge back blend light (like the Lexus UX and IS). furthermore, a L-molded light on the back bumper are isolated to make the articulation remarkable to the NX. The light bar lights are continually enlightened around evening time to work as a taillight and enlighten the back brand signature.

Visitors can choose from an assortment of new NX tones to suit their taste, including Redline, Cloudburst Gray and Grecian Water. For colors select to F SPORT models, the range incorporates Ultra White, Obsidian and Ultra Sonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Driver-Focused Cockpit Design

The NX’s driver-focused cockpit has been carefully planned with an attention on associating the driver to the vehicle. The 7-inch Multi Instrument Display (MID) and discretionary 10-inch Head Up Display (HUD), both NX firsts, are intended to pass on vehicle data, alarms and updates, inside the driver’s view. The MID’s single meter design is made more noticeable by a high – definition screen. Most driving-related capacities are focused on the directing wheel to take into consideration natural activity while keeping the driver’s eyes out and about.

In the middle stack, the standard 9.8-inch touchscreen puts a variety of interactive media highlights inside simple reach. The discretionary 14-inch contact screen, a first for NX, conveys a vivid mixed media experience. Dial controls stay for much of the time utilized capacities, similar to environment control and media volume. Solace highlights, for example, warmed seat choice, are presently more promptly available. All improvements join to make a more easy to use, advanced in-vehicle experience.

Driving Performance – All-New NX 350 2.4 Turbo Engine

The new lower focus of gravity and improvements in vehicle unbending nature consider a higher strength 2.4 super gas motor on the NX 350. The new 8-speed transmission gives the gas-controlled NX the vibe of an exhibition vehicle with the higher point of view of a hybrid utility vehicle. This is made conceivable by upgrades to torsional inflexibility through laser peening welding and the expansion of high unbending nature froth, both Lexus firsts. The twin hood lock, additionally a brand first, adds front parallel flexural unbending nature and improves the streamlined features of the vehicle.

The energizing super gas-controlled motor flaunts an expected 275 strength and 317 lb. ft. of force. Joined, these outcome in a 0-60 season of 6.8 seconds, a half-second speedier than the past model.

Furthermore, the NX 250 gives a normally suctioned gas motor to balance the alternatives for visitors inspired by a 2.5-liter 4-chamber gas motor with turn over/stop usefulness. With an eight-speed transmission, this model is accessible in both FWD and AWD choices. Conveying an expected 203 drive and 184 lb. ft. of force., joined outcomes in 0-60 times of 8.2 seconds (FWD) and 8.6 seconds (AWD) individually.

Execution and Range with the NX 450h+ Plug-In Hybrid

In a first for Lexus, the new module half breed vehicle (PHEV) framework rejuvenates Lexus Electrified through execution and the mark quietness of a PHEV model. The NX 450h+ has a maker assessed a day and a half reach on electric force just, made conceivable by the recently grew, high-limit lithium particle battery. The framework accomplishes the EV yield identical to a 2.0-liter motor. When joined with the recently evolved mixture transaxle, a 2.5-liter inline 4-chamber motor follows through on the presentation extravagance visitors are looking for with an expected 6.0 second 0-60 time.

A high-yield, high-effectiveness framework intended to diminish power misfortune while changing over from AC influence to DC influence, results in more limited charging times. Utilizing the most extreme charging current of 240V, the Lexus NX module cross breed can be completely energized in roughly over two hours when furnished with the discretionary 6.6 kW Expedited Onboard Charger. With the standard 3.3 kW on board charger, energize time goes somewhat to four-and-a-half hours.

The NX450h+ utilizes an electronically controlled, full-time AWD framework for a sure, lively driving experience. Improving front and back force dispersion as per the driving conditions, the driver can handle the vehicle as planned. Reciprocally, the NX AWD gives invigorating yet rich control to ordinary to forceful driving styles.

Prescient Efficient Drive couples with the route framework, masters driving propensities, predicts the normal street ahead and dissects continuous traffic reports to improve charging and releasing of the half breed battery. The more miles the NX is driven, the more information is accumulated to help upgrade fuel utilization. The framework likewise utilizes aggregated information about a driver’s conduct to foresee when and where the vehicle is probably going to back off or stop. For instance, when the NX approaches an area where the driver has eased back or halted before, and the driver delivers the gas pedal, Predictive Efficient Drive increments regenerative slowing down, permitting more effective energy to be recuperated and re-energized into the crossover battery.


Half breed Combines Performance and Fuel Economy

With the all-new Lexus NX 350h, visitors can have both extraordinary execution and mileage. With a joined 239 strength (a 20 percent increment over the current model) and noteworthy producer assessed a day and a half (an increment of 6 MPG over the current model), the NX crossover brings an incredible exhibition that shows the brand’s mixture administration. Visitors will likewise see the speedier 0-60 time with 1.5 seconds shaved off the time from earlier ages at 7.2 seconds.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive framework combines the D4-S fuel infusion 2.5-liter 4-chamber gas motor with two high-force electric drive engine generators for solid speed increase and passing execution. Rather than move gears and a driveshaft to the back tires, the AWD framework utilizes a second, free electric engine to drive the back tires when it identifies it is expected to help keep up ideal footing.

Lexus Interface: An All-New Elegant, Intuitive and Desired Connected Multimedia System

The all-new, North American-created Lexus Interface interactive media framework permits the NX to flawlessly coordinate and explore life’s exciting bends in the road. The eye-getting standard 9.8-inch touchscreen gives natural innovation at the tenants’ fingertips. The screen’s new Human Machine Interface (HMI) upgrades client connection through sight, contact and voice, while adjusting openness needs. A discretionary 14-inch touchscreen boosts the involvement in incorporated programmed environment control capacities.

Lexus Interface additionally fuses another Virtual Assistant created with a human-focused methodology. The Virtual Assistant is proposed to be the essential way visitors connect with the new sight and sound framework. Planned with double mouthpieces, improved clamor abrogation, seat identification and speaker area abilities, the framework empowers a voice-first methodology permitting front seat tenants an extended and intuitive experience to get to route, media, telephone and certain vehicle settings, for example, environment control and window opening/shutting.

With the omnipresent utilization of advanced mobile phones, an instinctive and straightforward visitor experience is presently conceivable with Lexus Interface. With the Lexus Interface User Profile highlight, the driver’s customized settings and experience can be held in the cloud and open in a hurry in other Lexus Interface prepared vehicles. When a profile is made in the Lexus App, visitors can utilize a Bluetooth handheld gadget, shrewd key or manual login to get to it.

An expansion of the User Profile highlight, Digital Key permits visitors the capacity to bolt/open and start/stop their vehicle through their cell phone when inside Bluetooth nearness. The Digital Key can be imparted to up to seven extra visitors, making a consistent encounter for clients enlisted on the Lexus App.

The Lexus Interface local route framework was planned easily of utilization and utilitarian magnificence as a primary concern. Highlighting 100% cloud ability and incorporated Google POI information, the framework permits quicker and more precise headings and planning. Over-the-air (OTA) refreshes offer ongoing updates for planning, and improved media encounters. The local route is additionally accessible to inhabitants with or without an organization association. Disconnected mode recognizes when the vehicle is close or entering a region with low network and downloads pertinent guides and administrations ahead of time.

For 2022, the Lexus NX additionally includes standard remote Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capacity. Visitors can accuse and stream remotely of the new discretionary remote charger which can be stowed away to amplify capacity.

Improved Safety in light of All Passengers: Lexus Safety System+ 3.0

The all-new NX will come furnished with the most recent Lexus Safety System+ 3.0. for extra true serenity in specific situations including:

  • Risk Avoidance Emergency Steer Assist – helps support collision avoidance within the lane by providing gentle braking and steering operation.
  • Left Turn Oncoming Vehicle Detection/Braking – designed to provide a warning and automatic braking if the driver turns left in front of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Right/Left Turn Oncoming Pedestrian Detection/Braking – designed to provide a warning and automatic braking if a driver turns left or right in front of an oncoming pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Oncoming Vehicle Detection added to the Pre-Collision System – designed to alert the driver, and, potentially activate automatic emergency braking to help avoid a frontal collision.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Speed Management – maintains a cruising speed in alignment with the flow of traffic while managing speed on curves.

The accompanying will be added to the current Lexus Safety System highlights for NX:

  • Road Sign Assist – displays select road sign information in the instrument panel.
  • Pre-collision System – provides the potential to detect a preceding vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist in low-light situations.
  • Lane Assistance – designed to provide an audible alert if an inadvertent lane departure is detected.
  • Intelligent High Beam– provides greater visibility for drivers with added illumination when the road ahead is clear, then temporarily switches to low beams when it detects the headlamps or taillamps of vehicles ahead.
  • Road Sign Assist – uses a built-in camera to help provide road sign information in the instrument panel or even on the available Head-Up Display. The system can also alert the driver of certain detected signs that otherwise might have been missed.

The all-new Digital Latch framework empowers ways to open easily at the dash of a catch when entering or leaving the vehicle. What’s more, by checking the climate, Safe Exit Assist makes the driver and travelers aware of keep away from the danger of coincidental contact with vehicles and cyclists, guaranteeing safe openings and closings. The new, discretionary Digital Mirror gives an address perspective on issues behind the vehicle.

Enlightening the Way: Inside and Out

The 2022 NX follows through on the brand’s notable inside lodge commotion decrease with extra updates made to diminish outside sound and outside interruptions. Inside, drivers can make a desert spring with nature-roused Thematic Ambient Illumination, a discretionary component that washes the NX inside in a decision of 14 subjects and 64 shadings. Each has been painstakingly chosen to communicate vaporous feelings and bring out nature-enlivened sentiments, with subjects including Rain Forest, Waterfall, and Sunset.

Recently planned standard warmed front seats and discretionary warmed back seats add solace all through the lodge. Visitors will likewise see expanded head and legroom with the reception of the Lexus GA-K stage. Extra room has been included the back payload region.

Inside seat and control center tones incorporate Black, Black with Rich Cream, Palomino, and Rioja Red NuLuxe. All ornamentation has been overhauled. The Stippled Black on the section model radiates a painstakingly orchestrated speck design with fluctuating thickness to make a feeling of front-back development. Dark Open Pore wood adds a lavish touch to the Luxury model. Recently created Black Prism, a high level looking Piano Black surface, includes a three-dimensional fractal that is step by step cut all the more thickly toward the back so it changes its demeanor with advances of daylight, making a cutting edge feel.

In a first for the NX, the all encompassing moonroof gives both the front and back travelers the capacity to see the sky with simply the press of a catch. Its smooth coasting opening and shutting movement gives simple stargazing or extra wind stream on a bright day.

F SPORT Handling: Performance and Style

Accessible with both the super and PHEV powertrains, the F SPORT Handing model turns up the driving elements with an energetic vibe that is enhanced by the Active Variable Suspension (AVS), and front and back execution dampers. Elite to the F SPORT family, Dark Graphite Aluminum ornamentation, an exceptional meter, sport situates, a recently evolved directing wheel, and aluminum pedals and scrape plates all put it aside. With punctured inside trim in Black and Circuit Red NuLuxe, the game roused materials are coordinated on the seats, guiding haggle console. The F SPORT Handling model can add the Luxury bundle, which brings the 14-inch touchscreen, interesting headlamps and 64-shading inside enlightenment.

A devoted F SPORT grille and front/back guards establish an intense first connection. The 20-inch gleam dark aluminum wheels are outlined by shading key overfenders increment control allure and add to the lively appearance. Finished off with dark rooftop rails and light opening toppings (DLO), elite F SPORT tones incorporate Ultra White, Obsidian and Ultrasonic Blue 2.0.

The all-new 2022 NX will begin creation in the second from last quarter of 2021. Estimating will be declared nearer to the discounted date.


Lexus RC F GT3s To Compete at Season-Finale Petit Le Mans

Lexus RC F GT3s To Compete at Season-Finale Petit Le Mans

Lexus RC F GT3s To Compete at Season-Finale Petit Le Mans

Lexus and 3GT Racing will close out their first season racing the Lexus RC F GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta in the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans on Saturday.

The Lexus RC F GT3 will make its Road Atlanta race debut this weekend in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-finale, however 3GT Racing drivers have quite a bit of experience at the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course located on the outskirts of Atlanta. Scott Pruett earned podium finishes in his last three starts at Road Atlanta, including a win from the pole in 2013, a third-place finish in 2014 and a runner-up result in 2015 – all while driving a Prototype. Robert Alon was victorious most recently at the Atlanta road course, winning from the pole position in the Prototype Challenge class last year. Jack Hawksworth competed in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2014 and 2015, earning a pole position in the Prototype Challenge class in 2014. Sage Karam finished runner-up in the Star Mazda Series race in 2012, where he ran the fastest lap of the race around the 2.54-mile circuit.

Along with the four full-time drivers, 3GT Racing welcomes back two familiar faces to the team’s lineup for the season-finale event with endurance racers Austin Cindric and Ian James. Nineteen-year-old Cindric will join Hawksworth and Pruett in the No. 15 Lexus while James will return to the No. 14 RC F GT3 sharing driving duties with Alon and Karam for the first time since competing with the team at Sebring International Raceway in March. Cindric, who also competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, won his first career NASCAR national series race recently at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and is currently competing in the series’ Playoffs. James has earned six wins and 10 podiums in Pirelli World Challenge competition this year.

There have been quite a few highlights throughout the inaugural season and 3GT Racing drivers will look to step on the podium for the first time this weekend. The No. 14 Lexus has recorded seven top-10 finishes in 11 races this year, including a season-best fifth-place result in Canada, while the No. 15 has registered four top-10 results, including a fifth-place finish at Watkins Glen.

Lexus RC F GT3s have led laps in five races this season, including the No. 15 Lexus pacing the field for 26 laps in its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Karam earned the first pole position for the new program in the No. 14 Lexus with a track record time at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in early July and went on to lead a season-high 35 laps in the race at Canada, while Hawksworth led 29 laps in the No. 15 RC F GT3 around Lime Rock Park later that month.

Hawksworth also ran the quickest lap in the GTD class behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 in two races this season, including the six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen and at Road America.

The 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race at Road Atlanta will be broadcast live Saturday, October 7 beginning on Fox Sports 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET. The race will also be broadcast throughout the way on Fox Sports 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.


With The All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Its Global Flagship Sedan

With The All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Its Global Flagship Sedan

With The All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Its Global Flagship Sedan

It is entirely possible that no single automobile has, upon its introduction, upended a deeply established category as decisively as the first Lexus LS did when it launched the luxury brand 28 years ago. The original luxury disruptor, the Lexus LS has for nearly three decades set benchmarks for powertrain smoothness, ride quietness, craftsmanship, attention to detail, documented dependability and long-term quality.

The Lexus brand supported that groundbreaking vehicle by setting and maintaining new standards for customer experience and satisfaction. Now, Lexus is repeating history with the introduction of the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan for 2018. Inside and out, the new LS reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury and offers innovative technology with a human touch. Yet the all-new LS was designed to be the brand’s latest global citizen, available in over 90 countries.

“Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said LS Chief Engineer Toshio Asahi. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”

Longer, Lower, Wider – and More Exciting
Longer and lower than the model it replaces, the all-new LS debuts a strikingly sleek and bold design with a coupe-like silhouette punctuated by the unique Lexus design language. A new driver-centric performance feel stems from building the LS on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA?L). This premium rear-wheel drive platform, an offers a more dynamic driving experience while further elevating renowned Lexus comfort.

The original Lexus LS won acclaim by anticipating what luxury customers would want, rather than by simply amplifying what established luxury automobile brands offered at the time. In that spirit, the 2018 LS sedan’s spacious cabin, unique appointments, and visionary technology will once again surprise customers by resetting expectations for a global flagship sedan.

“We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” said LS Chief Engineer Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis — people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”

A Flagship Reborn
The original LS launched the Lexus brand and the all-new 2018 LS advances the brand’s more dynamic direction. Each generation of LS sedan leading up to the all-new 2018 iteration has elevated the state of luxury, craftsmanship, performance and safety in its own way. To create the 2018 LS, Lexus took the approach of starting from new, reimagining what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the brand once again. The goal was not to just improve on what Lexus had done, but to exceed expectations of global luxury customers.

A common thread through all LS models remains: Omotenashi, the concept of Japanese hospitality. Applied to a luxury automobile, it means adopting a human-focused approach to the vehicle: taking care of the driver and passengers, anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards.

Crafting a Unique Identity
“The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand,” said Chief Designer Koichi Suga. “More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for.”

Lexus designers took full advantage of the new platform, with its lower profile and length on par with that of a prestige long-wheelbase sedan, to give the new LS a stretched, ground-hugging appearance. Compared to the outgoing LS, the new model is about 0.6 inches lower, while the hood and trunk are approximately 1.2 inches and 1.6 inches lower, respectively.

Following the “Yet” philosophy that has been passed on since the first-generation LS, Lexus created a design offering the room and comfort of a prestige “three-box” sedan, yet with the more striking coupe-like silhouette that holds stronger appeal for many of today’s luxury customers. The new LS is also the first Lexus sedan with a six-window profile, which enables excellent outward visibility. A first for a Lexus sedan, the flush-surface windows smoothly integrate with the side pillar.

The unique rendition of the spindle grille mesh, with a texture that seemingly changes in changing light, is the result of both intense CAD development and hand-adjusting thousands of individual surfaces. Flanking the unique grille, the narrow slit-like 3-projector lamp merges with an L-shaped LED lamp that wraps broadly around to the side to give the front of the LS a resolute gaze.

The coupe-like silhouette is not due solely to the fastback roof style. Maximizing the GA?L platform’s low form, the pillars of the cabin taper from the central position of the occupants. Together with the contrast between the pulled-in doors and the front and rear fenders that flare away from the central position of the occupants, this creates a dynamic form.

A front to the rear shoulder line gives the vehicle’s basic posture a low stance with a horizontal axis and a bold appearance. Additionally, the axes of the dramatically flared front and rear fenders are slanted forwards, creating a dynamic impression that evokes driving performance. An outer slide-type moonroof preserves headroom with the lower roofline.

The 2018 LS debuts two new 19-inch wheel designs and three 20-inch wheel designs, two of which are also new. The 20-inch premium wheels employ a brilliant appearance created using an electroplating technique known as sputtering. All but one (F SPORT) of the new wheel designs feature a hollow rim structure that helps reduce resonant sounds generated by the tires.

Vehicle Dynamics
More than ever before, luxury sedan drivers demand greater handling agility and performance feel, but without sacrificing comfort. It’s one of the most difficult balances to achieve in a vehicle, yet the new Lexus GA–L platform easily meets this challenge.

The GA-L platform is the stiffest in Lexus history, setting the stage for enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. The 123-inch wheelbase is 1.3-inch longer than the outgoing LS long-wheelbase model. The new wide and low LS design optimizes the center of gravity and weight distribution.

Helping to provide the uncanny ride and handling balance in the new LS is the latest generation of a chassis control technology: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), which was first introduced in 2005. This system implements cooperative control of all available vehicle subsystems— ABS, Traction Control (TRAC/TRC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS), Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) and Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS)—to control basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion as well as yaw, roll and pitch.

The all-new GA-L vehicle architecture that underpins the LS is the result of a completely new approach to engineering, materials and loads of the vehicle structure. Rather than starting from existing vehicle platform and then figuring out how to modify it to fit the LS’ shape and strengthen it to support contemporary chassis dynamics, Lexus engineers literally started with a clean sheet of paper – a blank CAD screen– in designing the new structure.

Examples of this can be easily seen underhood, where new cast-aluminum suspension towers that support the upper spring seats and suspension mounts are visible above each front wheel. Since aluminum and steel can’t be welded together with conventional techniques, the joint attaching the aluminum tower casting to the steel body structure is made with self-piercing rivets and high-strength adhesive bonding; similar processes are used to secure the aluminum rear suspension towers to the body structure behind the back seats. Compared to structures with similar capabilities in steel, this technology is 42 percent lighter at the front; in the rear the aluminum structure has 1.5 times the rigidity of steel with 50 percent less weight.

In creating the new LS, engineers used lightweight materials including ultra-high tensile hot stamped steel and other steel alloys in critical areas with tensile strengths from 590 up to 1180 MPa and aluminum. The 2018 LS has a high tensile steel mass composition of nearly 30 percent, which is more than double what was present in the previous-generation LS (14.1 percent).

A combination of special body adhesive and the use of Laser Screw Welding, a proprietary laser welding process proven on other recent Lexus models, increases panel joint rigidity and gives the LS a feeling of exceptional strength and solidity.

Critical to its driving performance, the new platform lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity by placing most of its mass, including the engine and the occupants in positions more centralized and lower in the chassis. Special braces in the engine compartment, stiff aluminum front and rear suspension towers, and other features help bolster the strength of key chassis structures.

LS models have long set benchmarks for suspension compliance, yet even here Lexus saw opportunity for further gains. For example, the all-new multilink front suspension employs double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms to help allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. This unique dual-ball joint arrangement optimizes suspension geometry to increase wheel control and yield more precise steering response with better initial effort. To reduce unsprung weight and aid agility and comfort, aluminum is used extensively in the suspension.

Like the previous LS, the all-new model offers an available air suspension system that further refines the already sublime ride quality. A new, more advanced version of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) continually adjusts damping control in response to driving operations and road surface conditions. “Continually” is the key word, because Lexus increased the damping-force switching levels from the previous model’s nine to 650 in the 2018 LS. The result is faster, more seamless and refined operation.

The new AVS system effectively provides both shock isolation and a flat ride even on road surfaces with large undulations as well as small, rough areas. The result is enhanced steering response and stability along with greater ride comfort. As a real-world example, when driving an AVS-equipped 2018 LS in an urban setting over a rough surface, the system can increase ride comfort without increasing damping force too much. Yet, when the steering wheel is turned, damping force increases to suppress unwanted weight transfer and preserve flat cornering.

LS Performance and Smoothness Redefined: Twin-Turbo V6 and 10-Speed Transmission
For high power, scintillating performance and excellent fuel efficiency, Lexus designed an all-new 60-degree 3.5-liter V6 engine specifically for the new LS. This engine has an undersquare design for improved thermal efficiency coupled with twin turbochargers, and has benefitted from the company’s F1 technology. This new LS engine is indicative of the more dynamic approach being taken by Lexus, offering V8-level power in a more compact package with efficiency and refinement.

The new LS engine offers the output one would expect in a flagship sedan: 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, significant gains over the outgoing LS model’s naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 (386 hp and 367 lb-ft). The engine’s long stroke, optimized 0.86 bore-to-stroke ratio, increased valve angle, straight intake ports and laser-clad intake valve seats developed using performance simulations based on F1 technology combine to yield world top-level high-speed combustion technology and thermal efficiency.

The twin turbochargers were designed and produced in-house to control tolerances and quality. They achieve top-level mechanical efficiency by improving exhaust energy recovery using a curved turbine blade shape and increased blade length, along with die-cast compressor housings and improved surface precision. Electric wastegates provide ultra-precise turbo boost control for seamless, lag-free power buildup. The intercoolers are cooled by engine coolant for higher performance and efficiency.

A special version of Lexus’ D-4S gasoline direct injection plus port injection system was developed to improve injection control linked to turbocharger operation. Called D-4ST, this system controls new six hole direct injectors and the port fuel injectors to take advantage of the turbochargers and the high tumble ratio of the engine.

Twin water-to-air intercoolers reduce the temperature of air pressurized by turbocharging. The intercoolers are mounted on top of the engine, each in a direct path between its turbocharger and intake throttle to reduce volume and lag in the intake tract.

Remarkable powertrain smoothness, a Lexus hallmark, begins deep inside the cylinder block, where a ladder frame support for the crankshaft main bearings adds rigidity for low vibration. Redesigned engine mounts, the electric wastegates and numerous other features also contribute to the engine’s ultra-smooth demeanor.

In RWD form, the new LS 500 sees a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. Perhaps more critical to driving enjoyment, though, is how Lexus tuned the engine and transmission to deliver instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline. The driver can tailor powertrain response and feel by choosing from Normal, Sport S or Sport S+ modes. Just enough of the exhaust note can be heard to enhance the car’s dynamic nature.

The first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a premium passenger car, having debuted in the Lexus LC 500, is now also used in the new LS 500 gas models. It is a torque converter automatic, yet with shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. The wide bandwidth afforded by 10 closely spaced ratios is ideal for all driving situations. Using aluminum for the clutch drum, clutch hub and planetary carrier reduce rotating mass; coupled with shortened internal oil passages and smaller, faster shift solenoids results in quicker shifts. These improvements, plus a resin plastic transmission oil pan, yield a 10-speed transmission weighing the same as the previous 8-speed gearbox.

The LS features steering wheel shifter paddles. However, even drivers who might enjoy controlling gearshifts manually will be duly impressed by the automatic mode’s advanced electronic control system. The artificial intelligence transmission logic (AI-Shift Control) anticipates the driver’s input by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral-g forces to execute perfectly timed, ultra-quick shifts.
For starting acceleration, the close ratios of the low gears and the short shift times enable a rhythmical and exhilarating acceleration feel. The high torque of the twin-turbo engine matches ideally with the higher gear ratios for effortless, serene highway cruising, yet very quick downshifts yield direct acceleration with no lag in G response. To provide a direct feel, while also supporting fuel efficiency, torque converter lock-up activates in all ranges except when starting off.

The available AWD system features a Torsen® limited-slip center differential to further enhance grip, traction and cornering stability. The torque distribution can vary from 31 percent front / 69 percent rear on dry roads to as much as 48 percent front / 52 percent rear on slick surfaces.

The New LS Hybrid
The 2018 LS Hybrid takes an entirely different approach than the previous LS Hybrid model. The new Multi Stage Hybrid System, which debuted in the LC 500h Coupe, combines a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators and uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. D-4S direct fuel injection and lightweight valvetrain components allow a 6,600-rpm redline, with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (Dual VVT-i) ensuring ample torque across the engine speed range. Combined system output of the internal combustion engine with the electric traction system is 354 hp, enabling the LS 500h to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds (RWD).

The new system is based on the electronically controlled planetary continuously variable transmission of Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive coupled to an all-new four-speed automatic gear set at the output stage. The two systems work together to expand the overall range of gearing and increase operation of the V6 engine across a wider speed range than previous hybrids.

In M mode, the two gearsets are controlled together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the LS 500h a highly engaging driving feel and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with paddle shifters.

And with a 22.2-gallon fuel tank and 25/33/28 (city/highway/combined) manufacturer-estimated fuel economy, the LS 500h RWD has a range of over 600 miles, depending on driving conditions and habits.

Progressive Comfort with Traditional Inspiration
Creating a new standard of flagship luxury is not simply a matter of adding more features and technology. Inspired by the omotenashi principle, Lexus sought to instill the new LS cabin with luxury that welcomes and envelops passengers while treating the driver like a partner.

“I hope that when you open the door you’ll experience an immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said Chief Designer Suga.

New seating designs include available 28-way power adjustable front seats. Combining electric motors with a new pneumatic control system allows fine adjustment of the entire seat with minimal weight and bulk. In the rear seats, two dedicated heaters—located in the shoulder and lower back areas of the seat—warm these specific areas without warming a person’s entire body.

The organically shaped dash design clusters information displays at a uniform height to support the “seat-in-control” layout that emphasizes the driver’s ability to operate all systems without changing body posture.

Cabin Couture
The 2018 LS 500 offers a choice of nine interior color schemes, plus two for the F SPORT (Black and Circuit Red). In addition, nine choices in interior trim are available, including the exclusive Naguri-style aluminum for the F SPORT.

Nearly all elements are upholstery-wrapped, and a high level of craftsmanship has been applied even to the finer details, resulting in an elegant finish with a sense of depth. For example, the higher-grade seats feature quilting, and the perforation pattern on the F SPORT front seats has the same L-shaped mesh pattern as the car’s front grille.

Inspired by Shimamoku wood patterns, the new forms that combine the artistic combination of natural woodwork and application of Japan’s sophisticated sliced wood and laser-cutting manufacturing technologies are used for the new LS. New patterns, including Art Wood Organic, Art Wood Herringbone and Laser Special Matte feature bolder contrasts between light and dark, giving the wood a more vibrant appearance.

Art Wood Organic was inspired by a “blazing fire”, and took over a year to create. By layering the wood and applying a natural gloss coating to enhance the vibrancy of the grain, the resulting pattern gives the impression of a flickering flame.

Art Wood Herringbone features wood mosaic craftsmanship similar to that used for decorating musical instruments. Natural wood pieces are individually handcrafted by a Takumi craftsperson to create a delicate, Lexus-original mosaic, with an L-motif pattern subtly blended into the herringbone design.

To create the Laser Cut Special wood trim, a cutting and forming technology is utilized to expose beautiful metal lines beneath the natural wood veneer that can be seen and felt.

The Intersection of Tradition and Technology
A new approach to creating trim elements again turned to Japanese culture, combining traditional Japanese aesthetics with advanced manufacturing techniques. This is reflected in signature touches, such as beautiful interior ambient lighting inspired by Japanese Andon lanterns and armrests that appear to float next to the door panel.

On Executive models, Kiriko Glass ornamentation and available hand-folded pleats on the door trim perfectly illustrate the brand’s “Innovative elegance through Japanese craftsmanship” and exemplify a true handcrafted approach.

The striking cut glass ornamentation – a world first in a production vehicle – draws inspiration from Japanese Kiriko glassware. Traditional Kiriko patterns are created using a technique that involves hand-cutting clear colors and delicate lines in a piece of glass, which are then repeatedly polished to a soft glow. For the 2018 LS, Kiriko master craftsmen worked closely with Lexus designers and engineers to duplicate the hand-carved appearance of Kiriko glass using leading-edge laser data copying and polishing technology. For those not choosing the Executive Package, the look of the Kiriko glass pattern ornamentation has been adopted for the display zone in front of the passenger seat.

The hand-pleated upholstery is produced using a process that took four years to develop—and that can be done only by human hands. A single cloth sheet is folded like origami paper, each fold carefully overlapped with the next, creating a dramatic pleated effect. The effect of the light and the three-dimensional upholstery creates an elegant space that envelops the occupants.

Integrated into the LS 500’s cabin is the next-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI), designed to mimic smartphone operation and supporting handwritten input. In addition to its 12.3-inch wide navigation display, the LS can incorporate an optional 24-inch color heads-up display (HUD)—currently the largest in the world—that projects a variety of information onto the driver’s forward view.

Enveloping Rear Seat Luxury
While making the new LS even more of a driver’s car, Lexus also optimized the LS as a car to be driven in, lavishing considerable attention to the rear seat. The rear cabin design creates seamless, enveloping continuity between the trim and seatbacks for passenger egress.

Options for heating, and massage make the rear seat a welcoming environment. The available power front and rear seat with Shiatsu massage and a raised ottoman, part of the Executive Package, offers more legroom than any previous-generation LS (3.4 in. more than the outgoing model). In addition, the seat behind the front passenger in this optional package can be reclined up to 48 degrees (largest angle in the segment), and can be raised up to 24 degrees to assist the rear-seat passenger exiting the vehicle.

Available rear “Relaxation Seats” with a warming function use air bladders integrated into the seatback and seat cushion. These are inflated to strategically apply pressure to the occupant’s body, while also applying warmth to the shoulder and lower back areas. The occupant can select from three full-body programs (“Refresh”, “Stretch” and “Simple”) and four that target specific areas (“Upper Body”, “Lower Body”, “Shoulder”,” and “Lumbar”).

Because the new LS is lower than previous versions, Lexus for the first time equipped the available air suspension with an access function. Activated by unlocking the car with the smart key, access mode automatically raises the vehicle and widens the seat bolsters to welcome drivers behind the wheel.

Within the Lexus line, the “F” models, including GS F and RC F, are the track-tuned maximum-performance machines. The F SPORT versions, including the new LS 500 F SPORT RWD, instill a more engaging driving spirit through carefully applied chassis tuning and enhancements, while still emphasizing exceptional comfort.

Lexus took full advantage of the new GA–L platform’s inherent driving agility when developing the 2018 F SPORT package. Handling enhancements via the latest iteration of the VDIM system allows for integrated management of these chassis dynamics as a single system. Optimal control of these motions enables exceptional ride comfort, enhancing traction, safety and handling agility. VDIM is capable of aiding stability when the car is traversing split-friction surfaces, such as dry pavement with ice.

More of the GA-L platform’s intrinsic performance capability is unlocked via exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/45RF20 front and 275/40RF20 rear tires in either summer performance or all-season compounds. In addition, larger front and rear brakes — six-piston aluminum monoblock calipers on front around two-piece ventilated spiral-fin iron rotors 15.7 inches (400 mm) in diameter by 1.4 inches (36 mm) wide and four-piston calipers on 14.1 inches (359 mm) by 1.2 inches (30 mm) ventilated spiral-fin rotors in the rear, all with high-friction brake pads—serve to drive the car’s dynamic message home. The available Performance Package on gas F SPORT models adds Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system, Active Rear Steering and Active Stabilizer. The result is a full-size premium luxury sedan that responds more like a sports coupe through curves, without sacrificing renowned Lexus ride comfort.

The 2018 LS 500 F SPORT stands out, but doesn’t shout. It essentially “turns up the volume” of the new LS design, so to speak, without distorting the fidelity. An exclusive version of the spindle grille shows even greater intricacy in the design – and the brand’s obsessive attention to details. CAD operators spent five months developing the F SPORT grille to achieve the desired texture and interaction with light. Even then, they adjusted nearly 7,000 individual surfaces to achieve the desired look and texture (compared to 5,000 for the standard model’s grille).

Special F SPORT rocker moldings along with the aforementioned 20-inch wheels accentuate the rakish LS profile. Lexus infused the F SPORT persona throughout the cabin, starting with the perforated-grill pattern on seating surfaces and Naguri aluminum trim elements. F SPORT 28-way electric/pneumatic seats with cushion length extenders brace occupants when driving through curves, ensure exceptional comfort no matter how long or brief the drive.

The driver faces a special F SPORT speedometer and tachometer in a movable meter with a meter ring that slides to display information, an iconic design adapted from the limited-production Lexus LFA supercar. Attention to detail shows in the aluminum accelerator pedal and F SPORT shift handle, and footrest. The crowning touch is an Ultrasuede headliner.

The Sounds of Near Silence—or Stirring Music
Lexus tuned the LS exhaust to convey a more authoritative tone, yet also designed the cabin to ensure utterly quiet cruising. New sound suppression methods further hush the environment compared even to the super-quiet previous LS models. Active Noise Control quiets the cabin even more by detecting the sound of the engine coming into the vehicle and cancelling certain frequencies using antiphase sound from the audio speakers.

The serenity of the LS cabin provides an ideal stage for the standard premium audio system or the new audiophile-worthy available 3D surround Mark Levinson QLI Reference Surround Sound System. Employing Quantum Logic Immersion technology (QLI), Clari-Fi music restoration technology and 23 speakers in 16 locations throughout the car (including the rear ceiling), and a 16-channel Mark Levinson Reference Amplifier producing the equivalent of 2400 watts with 0.05 percent Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) it offers an audio experience unparalleled in any Lexus.

Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support
Lexus safety features are developed based on the Integrated Safety Management Concept to make each driver better. The concept focuses on analyzing and optimizing safety technologies for four main causes of traffic fatalities: accidents related to pedestrians, vehicle departures from roads, intersections, and rear-end collisions.

“The LS is designed to be the top runner in advanced safety technologies,” said Lexus LS Chief Engineer Asahi. The all-new Lexus LS provides world-class safety technology through the combination of two advanced Lexus safety systems, Lexus Safety System+ and Lexus Safety System+ A (Advanced) Package, which are ultimately aimed at reducing traffic fatalities.

Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on the LS. Lexus Safety System+ A offers additional equipment and is available as an option. Both systems, in addition to other technologies, support more secure driving in a broad range of situations, providing the driver with information ranging from support status notifications to information on vehicle behavior during safety feature operation via the multi-information display and, when equipped, the large color heads-up display (HUD).


Sir David Adjaye Elite Panel of Judges for Lexus Design Award 2018; Submissions Remain Open Through October 8

Sir David Adjaye Elite Panel of Judges for Lexus Design Award 2018; Submissions Remain Open Through October 8

Sir David Adjaye Elite Panel of Judges for Lexus Design Award 2018; Submissions Remain Open Through October 8

Lexus is excited to announce the addition of visionary architect Sir David Adjaye as the newest judge for Lexus Design Award 2018. Adjaye, one of the most influential architects of his generation, complements an already world-class panel of judges that also recently added innovative architect Shigeru Ban. Through the Lexus Design Award, Sir David Adjaye and other judges will identify and recognize the next wave of global creators and designers.

Each year, thousands of talented young creatives from around the world aspire to be selected to participate in Lexus Design Award, where they have an opportunity to receive mentorship from established global designers, prototype funding, and an invitation to exhibit at the Lexus Design Event during Milan Design Week. Sir David Adjaye and the other judges will select the 12 finalists that best embody this year’s theme, “CO-“ and reflect the Lexus brand belief that great design can make the world a better place. At Milan Design Week 2018, Adjaye and his fellow judges will award the coveted Grand Prix award to one of the finalists.

Named as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine, the Ghanaian-British architect was knighted in 2017 for services to architecture. In 2016, he received the Panerai London Design Medal. Among his recent accomplishments, Sir Adjaye designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture — a Smithsonian Institution museum, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. — featuring a crown motif from Yoruba (native Nigerian) sculpture.

Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2018 competition are accepted from July 24 through October 08. The 12 finalists will be announced in January 2018 and the Grand Prix winner will be announced during Milan Design Week — April 16, 2018. For more information or to submit to the Lexus Design Award 2018, please visit

Judge and Mentor Profiles


Sir David Adjaye / Architect
Sir David Adjaye OBE is the principal and founder of Adjaye Associates. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by Time magazine.

Shigeru Ban / Architect
Born in Tokyo in 1957. Graduated from the Cooper Union. Started working for Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1982. Founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. Became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. Established the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief. Selected works include Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Centre Pompidou- Metz, and Oita Prefecture Art Museum. Recipient of multiple awards, including Grande Médaille d’or de l’Académie d’architecture (2004), Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture (2005), Grand Prize of AIJ (2009), Honorary Doctorate from Technische Universität München (2009), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade d’officier) (2010), Auguste Perret Prize (2011), Art Prize from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (2012), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade de commandeur) (2014) and JIA Gran Prix (2016). Served as Professor at Keio University (2001-2008), Visiting Professor of Harvard University GSD and Cornell University (2010), and currently Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design (2011-), Guest Professor at Keio University (2015-). Laureate of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Paola Antonelli / Senior Curator MoMA
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her goal is to promote design’s understanding until its positive influence on the world is universally acknowledged. Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. She has curated numerous shows, written several books, and lectured worldwide. Antonelli has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the MFA programs of the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is currently working on: an exhibition on the 111 garments that changed the world; Design Bites, a book about foods from all over the world appreciated as examples of design; and on a book collecting her essays on the different fields of contemporary design.

Birgit Lohmann / Chief Editor of designboom
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Lohmann studied industrial design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked since 1987. Lohmann has worked as a designer and product development manager for a number of Italian architects and master designers. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities. In 1999, Lohmann co-founded designboom, where she is currently the Chief Editor, Head of Educational Programming and Curator for International Exhibitions.

Alice Rawsthorn / Design Commentator
Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic who has written about design for the New York Times for over a decade. Her latest book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores design’s impact on our lives. Her next book, A Field Guide to Design, is to be published in spring 2018 as a survey of design today. Rawsthorn speaks on design at important global events, including TED and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings at Davos, Switzerland. Based in London, she is chair of trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, and a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery. Alice was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.

Yoshihiro Sawa / President of Lexus International
Yoshihiro Sawa graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Design from Kyoto Institute of Technology. He has held a number of design-related positions since joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1980, including Chief Officer of Global Design, Planning Division. He was named president of Lexus International in April 2017.


Formafantasma / Designer
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They have developed a coherent body of work characterized by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits. Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums such as New York’s MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk’s-Hertogenbosch, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and the MAK Museum in Vienna have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. Andrea and Simone lecture and lead workshops in various international universities and institutions. Currently, they teach at the ‘Well Being’ and ‘Contextual Design’ Departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven and serve as the heads of the Design bachelor at MADE Program in Siracusa, Italy.

Sou Fujimoto / Architect
Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1971. Adfter graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architectsin 2000. In 2016, he won the first prize for “Pershing,” one of the sites in the French competition called ‘Réinventer Paris’, following the victories in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay’s Ecole Polytechnique and the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellierin 2014. In 2013, he became the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. His notable works include; “Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013” (2013), “House NA” (2011), “Musashino Art University Museum & Library” (2010), “Final Wooden House” (2008), “House N” (2008) and many more.

Lindsey Adelman / Designer
Decades before founding her eponymous studio, Lindsey Adelman was already a designer, just not publicly. First, she was simply a precarious, curious child, building endlessly in the backyards of suburban New York, uncertain of how to make a career of it. She went on to study English at Kenyon College and join the the editorial staff at The Smithsonian. Fortunately, there, her accidental discovery of industrial design—in the literal form of a fabricated foam French fry— propelled her to Rhode Island School of Design to make a life of that childhood passion. Today, from her studios in New York and Los Angeles, she manipulates light to create fixtures that are as emotive as they are physically transformative, objects imbued with their own history and meaning, giving color, texture and depth to the world around them.

Jessica Walsh / Designer
Jessica Walsh is a designer and art director working as a partner at New York-based design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. She lectures about design at creative conferences and universities internationally and teaches design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has won numerous awards from most major design competitions including, Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, New York Festivals, D&AD, TDC Tokyo, and Graphis, among many others. She has been awarded Forbes “30 under 30 Top Creatives Designing the Future” and Ad Age’s “Top 10 Visual Creatives.” Her work has been featured in numerous books and magazines. Clients include the Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, Jay-Z, Snapchat, Barneys, the New York Times, Levis, Adobe, and The School of Visual Arts. She hosts mentorship programs for creative women through her initiative, Ladies, Wine & Design, which has spread to over 110 chapters around the world. Her blog and book “40 Days of Dating” has reached over 10 million readers and is currently being developed for the screen by Warner Brothers.