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Date: May 6 · 2017

May 6 · 2017


On Saturday 6th May, Lisbon was chosen to host the first edition in Portugal of the Roca One Day Design Challenge. The contest gathered more than 160 participants from all over the country with a large number of professionals and students encouraged to participate in the challenge.

The contestants were faced to create a complete new design of a conventional washbasin taking into consideration different elements such as functionalities, efficiency and originality in a matter of nine hours.

After redesigning this conventional concept it was time to evaluate all the projects. The jury was composed by recognized professionals as the architect José Mateus from Atelier ARX, the designers Joao Bessa and Paulo Parra, Nuno Sá Leal from Portuguese Association of Designers and Xavier Torras, Brand and Communication Director in Roca.

The winner project was elaborated by André Silva, José Almeida and Pedro Costa from the Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainh, for their innovative design called BASIN BALL. The product is a very versatile project that adapts to different cultures, colors and face-to-face contexts. It is a piece that can be used both in changing rooms and on the beach where it could be very useful, especially because of the way the water is drained by the piece.

The second award of the night went to the Ruben Laurenço and Inês Margarida for the project ADAPT and has stood out for its usability, inclusiveness and adaptability. The third prize was awarded to AQUA VITAE designed by Mafalda Costa and Pedro Soares. The project was chosen for its inclusive design, its usability and for the fact that, it is the best solution from a technical and installation point of view.

The One Day Design Challenge by Roca is an initiative to promote and disseminate the national and international talent in the field of design and architecture.

Awarded projects

1st Prize

Basin Ball

André Silva

José Almeida

Pedro Costa

2nd Prize


Ruben Laurenço

Inês Margarida


José Mateus


José Mateus

Born in Portugal (1963), he graduated in Architecture from FAUTL (1986). After finishing its educational formation he founded the ARX Portugal atelier with Nuno Mateus, whose work has received several awards in an international and national scope.

He is an associate and executive chairman of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial Board. He was an associate professor and doctoral student at IST Lisboa, a lecturer at ESAD Lisboa, at ISCTE and a guest lecturer at ESA at the International University of Catalonia.

Since 2012, José Mateus is member of the Board of Experts of the Consultative Council for Art in Public Space in the city of Lisbon.

Nuno Sae Leal


Nuno Sá Leal

He is an Equipment Design graduate with a Master in Design and Marketing. Nuno is an extremely talented designer with a PhD at the University of Barcelona.

Jury of several Design contests and guest speaker at several conferences related to Design and Marketing. He is part of the Scientific Council for the publication of the book Designing for More Inclusive Cities invited by the University of Hasselt.

Nuno is the current President of the "Portuguese Association of Designers" and is the Chairman of the General Assembly of the "Atheneu Comercial do Porto”.

João Bessa


João Bessa

João Bessa is a creator who seeks the origins in all aspects of his daily life. Being passionate about the history of Design, João is inspired by Vintage & Classic and recreates the best of the past in his own way. He combines his very own style with Art and Design, creating exclusive furniture pieces of pure beauty. Attracted by the multicultural environment and the unique architecture of the city, João moved to Oporto city where he earned a degree in Product Design.

After working with several international recognized brands in the world of Design, João Bessa decided to make his passion a way of living. It was then that he decided to create his own design brand. In 2015, BESSA was born to make the world aware of the exclusive products made in Portugal.

Paulo Parra


Paulo Parra

He has a multifaceted career as a designer, collector, curator and teacher. Parra has developed projects in the areas of Product Design, Strategic and Trend Design, Communication and Interface Design, Transport and Architecture Design.

As a professor, he was Director of the Department of Industrial Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon by which has a PhD in Design, and was also Coordinator of Design in other institutions of higher education, including the University of Évora, ESAD Matosinhos and IADE in Lisbon.

Since 1988 has regularly published books and articles on design and constituted a collection of Industrial Design, he also directed the Museum of Design – MADE.

Xavier Torras


Xavier Torras

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.


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