Tessellate is an art installation developed to accentuate the bold, contemporary design of the all-new Lexus UX. Weaving together are multiple strands of ribbon, creating a spellbinding mesh pattern that appears different from every angle. This installation, part of a nationwide design school competition was hosted by Lexus Canada and Lumency Inc. Tessellate was the winning concept and was built for the Vancouver Autoshow.

Lexus Canada
Project in collaboration with
Jun-Won Kim
Inspiration Images: Mountains landscape, Skyscraper grid windows, Japanese Woodwork, Bamboo Forest, Lexus Grille, Car Seat Concept

Inspirations for the display came from various sources, notably the striking pattern of Lexus’s signature spindle grille, the futuristic woven leather seats found on the original UX concept, Lexus’s roots, as well as the glass and steel facades that encompasses urban architecture, capturing the dynamic spirit of the Lexus UX, an SUV designed for the modern urban explorer.

Part of the concept development, we developed sketches to explore and define abstract ideas, collaborating together to discuss which aspects of the design to move forward with.

To help finalize the display concept, scaled models were developed to help determine the feasibility of the concept

The prototypes also serve to resolve the ribbon's thickness, pitch, position, and quantity. Essential in understanding how many strands was most effective without compromising on aesthetic

Using the scaled models as reference, we’ve developed a CAD model to create renders to accurately conceptualize the display.

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