Date: December 9 · 2017
December 9 · 2017
The One Day Design Challenge by Roca landed for the first time in Shanghai on the 9th of December with more than 300 participants. All of them worked under the premise of proposing a new washbasin and faucet exclusively intended for public spaces.
We usually find in many business and product areas that the products intended for private use differ a lot from those intended for public purposes. Often the products meant to be for public installation or private use differ a lot from one another, but in the bathroom, is it not strange to find products designed for private use installed in public restrooms, even though the requirements for both areas are very different. The product proposals may include new features or functions that take into consideration the specific requirements of public use, like maintenance, cleaning, reliability or suitability for frequent and intense use.
The winner of the contest was the Blue Hope project, which also took the We Are Water prize, so it was a double winner. The project was designed by Lin Jing Yu, Shi Yu Chun and Li Jia Hui. The second award was for Distance-Free Washbasin devised by Cahadas Fernandez and Sanchez Rojo. The third prize went to Wang Zi Chao, Jiang Yi Jing and Guo Hao Dong for their project Roca Wash-TakeAway.
The jury that chose from over 120 delivered projects was made up of Martha Thorne, Executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize; Emilio Salazar, Managing Director of Roca China; Xavier Torras, Brand Communications director of Roca and director of the We Are Water Foundation; Flora Xue, from ELLE Decoration; Jamy Yang, founder of YANG DESIGN and YANG HOUSE; ZhengGuang Hou, director of the design work committee of the China furniture association and founder of Moreless -Chinese original furniture brand.
After three editions in Hong Kong, the One Day Design Challenge arrived in Shanghai with great reception by the design and architecture sector.
Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design, part of the innovative IE University in Madrid/Segovia, Spain. She also is Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005. From 1995 to 2005, she worked as curator in Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has written numerous articles for books and journals on contemporary architecture. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture and the Graham Foundation for Fine Arts. She has participated on juries for the new National Museum of Chinese Art, Zaryadye Park in Moscow and the international jury for ArcVision – Women and Architecture Prize.
Ms. Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics
Emilio Salazar is the Managing Director of Roca China, who has worked in Roca for the past 18 years, in 6 different countries: Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Austria, India and for the last 6 years based in Shanghai. Emilio is currently responsible as Country Director for the Chinese market, where Roca Group has a strong industrial presence with 10 factories and a human strength of 2.600 employees. Emilio has also been experienced as the Managing Director in Roca Group companies in those several countries. He was the industrial engineer graduated from Polytechnic University of Catalonia and obtained the MBA at Iese (Barcelona).
Brand Communications Director of Roca and Director of the We Are Water Foundation since its creation in 2010. He has developed his professional career in the fields of marketing, business strategy and communication.
Xue xiaohui, started her career on Hearst in 2005 and its been part of ELLE decoration for 10 years. As a magazine operations helm, Xue Xiaohui advocated long-term focus on China and Asia design development, and in the power of the media to promote a better life.
Collector, Founder of YANG DESIGN and YANG HOUSE, Top Influential Chinese Designer by Forbes, Guest professor of Tongji University.
A former employee in Siemens’ Munich design headquarter, Jamy Yang received master degree of industrial design from Germany with full scholarship of WK Foundation after 7-year study in Zhejiang University and China Academy of Art. Jamy’s design dedication has brought him international recognition, hundreds of design awards including Red Dot, iF, G-Mark, IDEA and DFA Silver etc. He has been listed as “Top Influential Chinese Designer” on Forbes.
He founded YANG DESIGN in 2005, today the most forward-thinking design consultancy in China. In 2013, he established China’s first private industrial design museum—YANG DESIGN MUSEUM. In 2015, he started to build a lifestyle brand “YANG HOUSE” and contribute in Chinese traditional craftsmanship’s redesign and revival.
With a combination of German logic thinking and Chinese humanistic spirit, Jamy has formed his own design philosophy and become partner with renowned global brands including Boeing, Audi, Bosch, NATUZZI, Coke Cola, Steelcase, Issey Miyake, Swatch etc, projects covering cross categories from glasses and suitcase, consumer electronics, home products to airplane cabin. A series of CSR projects working with NOGs like Green Peace, One Foundation and Animals Asia Foundation presents his belief of taking social responsibilities as the role of designer.
Can design change the society? This has been a challenging issue that he has been committed into action!
He is master of furniture design and technology in The University of Buckingham and the deputy director of the design work committee of the China furniture association. He is the founder of Moreless -Chinese original furniture brand. As one of the masterminds of the Hong Kong design business week and one of the planners of milan design week China furniture design exhibition, he helpd promote the international dissemination of Chinese design ideas.