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Umbrella design shortlisted for Lexus Design Awards 2016

A Department of Industrial Design at Wuhan University graduate has been shortlisted for the Lexus Design Award 2016.

Chulin Yang’s design beat 1232 entries from 73 countries to make the final, and will be presented at Milan Design Week. Her design project titled ‘HEXAGON’ is an umbrella design that aims to connect people. Hexagon is an umbrella that uses magnets to connect to other umbrellas, encouraging interaction between people.

The Masters student at MODA shared her philosophy of her design by saying: “The hexagon-shaped umbrellas can be joined together by integrated magnets, naturally forming a shared shelter that encourages empathy and communication amongst passers-by.”

First launched in 2013 to foster the growth of ideas that can contribute to society, the international design competition by Lexus aims to support young and up-coming creators from around the world with Chulin joining 7 other panel presentation finalists with the other four finalists being 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.

You can take a more detailed look at her design and the other entries here.

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