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Kiwi’s Portable Solar Distiller wins Lexus Design Award

Main image: Portable Solar Distiller final prototype

Lexus has announced that “Portable Solar Distiller,” a prototype designed by New Zealander Henry Glogau, has won the 2021 Lexus Design Award Grand Prix. The Lexus Design Awards is a highly recognised international competition that drew 2,079 entries from 66 countries.

Chosen as the project that best encompasses the Awards’ 2021 concept of “Design for a Better Tomorrow,” Glogau’s Portable Solar Distiller provides clean drinking water from polluted water or sea water, using sunlight as the main tool for conversion. Merging local resource production with community architecture, this low-tech solution also serves as a shaded gathering place.

Henry Glogau, winner of the 2021 Lexus Design Award Grand Prix

Andrew Davis, general manager of Lexus New Zealand, says that to have a Kiwi take out the Grand Prix win is a huge feat, and one that is testament to the high levels of innovation and design talent that exists amongst Kiwi youth.

“It’s great to see a New Zealander take away the Grand Prix title this year – and Henry’s Portable Solar Distiller is unquestionably deserving of the recognition,” he says. “As Kiwis, we are constantly exposed to our culture of ingenuity and resourcefulness – but this isn’t always recognised on a global stage. Henry’s win showcases how much homegrown talent emerges from New Zealand.”

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