SEPTEMBER 11 · 2019
On November 11th 2019, Expo Baño Sofia hosted the second edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Bulgaria, with the participation of young architects and designers.
On this occasion, the briefing consisted of designing a bathroom product to improve the wellness experience. All proposals had to improve the health of users, be adaptable to already existing bathroom spaces, and favour easycleaning and maintenance.
The winning project of the first prize, awarded with 2,000 BGN, was Steam, by Desislava Petrova and Lilya Ivanova. The project consisted of a washbasin with a facial steaming device that saves 50% of the water used in a normal face washing. According to the jury, this was a project that met all criteria. It was both original, achievable, it had a unity of function and form and it was very well presented and explained.
The second and third prizes of 1,000 and 600 BGN went to Happy Feet by Krastyo Kalachev and to Project DNA by Rosen Ficherov.
Georgi Chervendinev, PhD is the head of the department Engineering Design at the Technical University in Sofia. His education includes Interior Design in the Polytechnics; Masters in Internal Combustion Engines in the Technical University and PhD in Ergonomics and Industrial Design in the Technical University. He has several patents in the automotive and product design sphere, as well as prototypes and finalized projects such as electrical urban vehicles, interior and exterior furniture, etc.
Associated Professor Arch. Orlin Davchev, PhD is Vice Dean for Academic Activities in Faculty of Architecture, University of Architecture, CivilEngineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia. Arch. Davchev is founder of Architectural Studio MIODESIGN. Leading notion in his professional work is the realization of an emotional, sustainable and innovative architecture, bearing the messages of his time, author's character and respect for the surrounding environment. A wide range of residential, public and industrial projects in the field of architecture, interior and design have been realized in his practice. He has received numerous awards and nominations from national and international competitions. He also participated in significant international conferences, expert committees and juries. Arch. Orlin Davchev is author as sole or in co-authorship of multiple scientific publications, research papers, monographs and books. His main interests of research are focused in the fields of Emergent digital technologies in architecture, Parametric design, Rapid prototyping, Interactive architecture and Morphological optimization.
Ilian Milinov, founder of Ilian Milinov Studio. After winning numerous international awards, including 4 RED DOT design awards, Ilian Milinov is an example of a Bulgarian designer who can easily be called successful. Its mission is to design "problem-solving" designs, such as the Hang Stool folding chair or the Seattable project for ORT. His products range from a pregnancy test, a sports car and a stool to medical equipment and a device that converts kinetic energy from baby cradle to wi-fi.
Assistant Professor Ivo Popov, PhD is a lecturer in Department of Design at New Bulgarian University. He is a member and a co-founder of the Chamber of Designers of Bulgaria. A part of Graphic Design he is also interested in Exhibition Design and Interior Design. He has taken part in many academic conferences and publications in Bulgaria. So far in his career he has designed more than 50 exhibition booths, art galleries, museums and private spaces in his home country and abroad. He has won over 30 competitions for graphic design of big brands and in 2012 earned an award for the most attractive exhibition booth MachTech & Metal, Inter expo Center, Sofia.
Vesselin SImov, Marketing manager, Roca South-East Europe. At the same time, Vesselin Simov is responsible for the sales of the various brands of the Roca Group (Roca, Fayans, Laufen) in a number of countries in the region, including Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Malta, Cyprus. For almost 30 years, Vesselin Simov's professional career has been associated with Roca, long before the company officially entered the market in our country. A professional with several diverse backgrounds and experience in various areas of business and diplomatic relations, Vesselin has a global, philosophical approach to product, marketing and sales, which he also tries to convey to the people in the diverse team he leads. He is representing the International Foundation We Are Water, founded by Roca Group,in the jury of One Day Design Challenge.