10 February 2016
A Monash design student has been announced as a finalist in the Lexus Design Award 2016 and will present at Milan Design Week in April.
Chulin Yang, a Masters student in Interaction Design at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA), is the only Australian student to be chosen as one of 12 finalists in the international design competition.
Selected from 1232 entries from 73 countries, Yang’s design HEXAGON will be presented as a panel presentation at Milan Design Week.
Yang said her design aimed to connect people with each other through a common device: the umbrella.
“The hexagon-shaped umbrellas can be joined together by integrated magnets, naturally forming a shared shelter that encourages empathy and communication amongst passers-by,” she said.
First launched in 2013 to foster the growth of ideas that can contribute to society, the international design competition (sponsored) by Lexus aims to support young and up-coming creators from around the world.
Yang is one of eight panel presentation finalists. The four other finalists have been chosen for prototype development. The Grand Prix winner of the award, selected from the four prototype finalists, will be announced on April 11 at the award ceremony.