Lexus LC 500 convertible/ 2019/ Courtesy of Lexus

Lexus presents The Sunshower by Nao Tamura

Sunshowers, the phenomenon of rain during sunshine, have been a source of mystery and amazement all over the world. In Japan, they are considered a good omen and portent of prosperity and a good harvest.


For Design Miami/ 2019, Lexus has responded to the fair’s theme of Elements: Water by commissioning designer Nao Tamura to create an immersive, multimedia installation that evokes the wondrousness of this natural, outdoor phenomenon. Featuring Lexus’s LC 500 Convertible Concept, the installation—curated by Design Miami/ Curatorial Director Aric Chen and prominent Milan-based curator and editor-at-large at ICON DESIGN Maria Cristina Didero—reinforces the brand’s commitment to omotenashi (hospitality), takumi (artisans), and the indoor-outdoor philosophy of engawa. With Lexus design, nothing is accidental, and that sense of visionary anticipation is felt throughout the installation. Guests are invited to experience The Sunshower, relax in the space, use its charging stations, and sample Ooho, the innovative new water capsules made of edible seaweed extract.

Based in New York, Tokyo-born designer Nao Tamura is known for her multidisciplinary work imbued with subtlety, beauty, and emotion. In addition to Lexus, she has created objects and installations for Issey Miyake, Established & Sons, WonderGlass, and Artek, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the ADI Compasso d’Oro International Award.