Date: October 22 · 2022
October 22 · 2022
The Spanish edition of Roca’s One Day Design Challenge was held on October 22th in the Roca Galleries in Barcelona and Madrid. In this popular and dynamic contest, students and young professionals are asked to design a product brief – in just one day – in response to a given prompt. This year’s 440 entrants submitted nearly 150 designs in response to the challenge: “maximize the space inside the bathroom furniture unit”, with special attention given to solving the problem of the space occupied by the sink trap.
After the jury’s deliberation both venues connected to announce the winning projects:
· The first prize winner was industrial designer Marc Godayol for his project: “Loop”. Godayol got his victory thanks to the simplicity and elegance of “Loop”, his intelligent sink and storage system. Composed of a complete vertical screen divided by an automatic sink that integrates the tap, soap and hand dryer, Loop is an electronic device whose interface can be personalized in terms of appearance, routines, tools and time of the day.
· Second prize went to product designer Pedro Glatzel de Soveral for his project: "Lift". Glatzel’s project stood out to the jury because of its coherence and intention. Lift is an innovative sink which features height-adjustable storage trays that lend it flexibility and utility.
· Third prize went to product and industrial design student Xosé L. Piñeira and fine arts student Martiño Lorenzo for their project: “Systema I”. Piñeira and Lorenzo’s modular design ensures maximum space efficiency by separating the technical plumbing components from the cabinet and the sink surface.
At the core of each Challenge is Roca’s desire to give young designers and professionals a platform to showcase their skills and connect with the architecture and design community. This edition marked the contest’s 10th anniversary. Since its beginning in 2012, the One Day Design Challenge has consistently grown in popularity and now takes place in 15 countries across the world. The next edition will take place in Oman on October 29th.
Pia Capdevila is a restless soul full of positivism and perseverance, which makes her work full of dedication, attention to detail, perfection and naturalness.
In 2007 he created his own studio in Barcelona, and in 2017 he decided to open a new door "jumping the Mediterranean" to establish himself in Mallorca. Working non-stop and creating spaces with personality, elegance and above all special for each of its clients, is what continues to define it. Every day is a challenge and that is something that Pia and her team like and experience. Projects that make them grow and with which they enjoy studying every detail.
Pia Capdevila rebrands her brand, professionalizing it and giving it a more elegant and professional touch. In 2022 it also launches a collection of candles of its own brand and puts them on sale available to anyone who wants to buy them. Passion and care, contradictory, but they are two adjectives that characterize all his projects.
Pablo Figuera (Madrid, 1988), Degree in Design from Elisava, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southampton and Postgraduate degree in Design Management from the UPC, founded in 2012, together with Álvaro Goula, the Goula / Figuera studio, from where they develop design contemporary product for companies, limited editions and creative consulting. In 2018 Goula / Figuera launches the GOFI brand of household products with a first collection created by the studio. GOFI's catalog is distributed internationally and in 2020 the editor and studio win the Gold Delta with the Fa Mini luminaire. Parallel to his work as a designer, he has been teaching since 2013. His work has appeared in international publications, has been exhibited in cities such as Stockholm, Frankfurt, Madrid or Milan, and has been awarded, among others, with the Design Plus, the Injuve, the Red-AEDE Critics Award or the Lexus Design Award
Manuel Jimenez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London, co-founder of the robotic manufacturing and design brand Nagami, based in Avila, Spain, and co-founder and co-director of Automated Architecture Ltd (AuAr), a design-tech consultancy based in London. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Center Pompidou (Paris) and has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Victoria & Albert Museum (London) Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), The Design Museum (London), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Philadelphia Museum of Art and Clerkenwell Design Week (London). Alongside his practice, Manuel is a lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (London). He is program director of MSc/MRes Architectural Computation (AC), and unit master of Research Cluster 4 at the MArch Architectural Design (AD). Both part of The Bartlett B-Pro; in addition, he is also co-founder of UCL Design Computation Lab and curator of Plexus, a multidisciplinary lecture series based on computational design
Jorge López Conde
Jorge López is currently Deployment Chief Manager for the New European Bauhaus at the European Cluster Alliance and an expert in "Architecture, technology and demographic challenge" at the Cotec Foundation for innovation as a driver of economic and social development. Selected as one of #Los100deCotec, the network of experts to analyze the great social, economic and technological challenges facing innovation. Founder of the agency El Futuro where we have created www.observatoriodeladespoblacion.com and curator of the exhibition "The City of the Future: from the Garden to the Table" at CentroCentro Palacio de Cibeles. He directed the Design and Technology department of the Norman Foster Foundation and created the LOTOCOHO jewelry brand. My professional practice has been developed in offices such as Herzog&DeMeuron, Andrés Jaque OFFPOLIN, FloresPrats, Cero9, or in places such as World Central Kitchen.
Pedro Rica y Marta Urtasun
Founders of "Mecanismo" in 2013.
The fundamental work of both partners at the head of the studio, focused on the ideation and execution of design and architecture projects, is complemented by the informative and teaching activity they carry out through collaboration with different institutions and universities, including They include the EPS San Pablo CEU, the ISDIE business school, the Antonio de Nebrija University, among others, and in which they repeatedly teach specific classes and conferences. In addition, they are professors in the Master of Gastronomic Spaces at the University of the Basque Country, on the San Sebastián campus.
All this work is regularly published by numerous national and international media, as well as being included in publications by prestigious publishers such as Phaidon in 'Where the architects sleep', Beta Plus in 'Modern Residences' or Images Publishing in Brich, Stone, Metal, Wood: Building on tradition'. The studio is currently immersed in a process of growth and expansion, leading new projects and developing innovative business plans associated with the world of architecture and design.
Lorna de Santos
Lorna de Santos is an architect who, after several years abroad, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, decides to return to Spain to develop her own warm, organic and natural style that she defines as Fantasy Minimalism. His projects are the result of a relationship that he establishes with his clients to develop each space according to their needs, always inviting them to new approaches and ways of living. It was awarded the best project of Casa Decor 2020 with the space Topografías del Placer.
Architect co-founder of Peris+Toral Arquitectes. In 2005, together with Marta Peris, he founded the Peris+Toral Arquitectes studio in Barcelona, the built work of which focuses on the field of collective public housing and urban space. In the teaching field, José Toral works as a professor of Projects at the School of Higher Architecture of Barcelona, in the Thematic Workshop course "Urban Project and Public Space", and has also worked as a professor at the IED design school in the Master "Interior design for commercial spaces" in 2014 and the UIC in the Workshop "Arquitectura deemergencia x 10" in 2010.
Graduated with honors from the Escuela de Arquitectura Superior del Valles, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 2001. After completing his studies, and after making some forays into the world of architecture in Barcelona, he moved to New York to broaden his knowledge in design praxis. Later he decides to return to Barcelona. With extensive experience in the interior design sector over the years, he has directed numerous restoration and hospitality projects with great media impact, positioning himself as a benchmark in design both nationally and internationally, as well as other residential, commercial and office projects. In 2020 Ricard Trenchs founded his own studio with a very close and empathetic vocation to the client and the development of the process, not only to guarantee a unique and special result but also to get involved and enjoy the process in all its phases. He has been invited to numerous design schools as a lecturer and as a speaker at tables and specialized publications in the field of design.
Roca Head of Global Innovation
Born in Barcelona, Jordi is a qualified engineer graduated at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia who joined the Roca Design Center in 1998, after seven years of experience as a development engineer in the automotive industry.
On top of his duties in the Design Center, he helped set up the Roca Innovation Lab back in 2007 and nowadays he holds the position of Head of Global Innovation at Roca.