Lexus has garnered prestigious international recognition for pushing the boundaries of style, materials and colours with the stunning interior of the new luxury LS flagship sedan.
Judges in the 2018 Wards 10 Best Interiors praised the Lexus LS interior as “top shelf” from headliner to floor, saying it was “worth every penny” of its retail price.
They said innovations such as cut-glass pieces and hand-pleated fabric on the door trim of Sports Luxury grades would have appeared only on a concept vehicle not long ago.
The ornamentation, among other design features in the LS sedan, was inspired by Japanese culture and combines the artistry of the brand’s Takumi craftsmen with leading-edge industrial processes.
The special pleated fabric – influenced by origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding – is expertly folded by an artisan into three-dimensional geometric shapes.
The exquisitely detailed cut-glass pieces were motivated by the Japanese tradition of kiriko – hand-cut patterns often seen in vases, sake glasses and traditional ornaments.
Wards, a major automotive publisher, said the delicate yet strong kiriko cut glass on the LS Sports Luxury sedan “looks like Waterford’s finest”.
The new LS becomes the fourth Lexus to receive the Wards trophy following the LC flagship coupe in 2017, the luxury RX SUV in 2016 and the hybrid-electric GS 450h sports sedan in 2013.