UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Date: November 6 · 2021
November 6 · 2021
Roca One Day Design Challenge returned to United Arab Emirates in 2021 within the framework of Expo 2020 Dubai.
As in previous years, participants were challenged to create innovative solutions for the bathroom space in just one day.
On this occasion, participants were asked to design a basin with faucet to brush the teeth.
The project “The Stone-tech” was awarded with the first prize. It was designed by Waheed Addin Almasri and his wife Rama Rayes. The jury members chose it due to its well-developed approach, great use of materials and innovation, as it has a sustainable design with a touch pad, the soap on the left and spray water.
The second award went to “My toothy basin”, created by Shaikha Alazeezi. For the jury members this project deserved to be one of the winning projects due to its integration of aspects like thoughtfulness, its sustainable approach and its modern design aesthetics.
Finally, “Waves” was chosen as the third prize winner. Designed by Aadil Faizal and Mohammed Bakker Ali, this project was awarded due to its perfect compliance with the design brief. The design combines the faucet and the sink into one fluid shape, and it is ergonomic. Apart from that, the design of the faucet with its misting system is innovative. For the jury, this seemed like a product that can suit the needs of users.
LEILA ABDUL RAHIM
Design Director - Hilton Worldwide
Leila is a Design Director at Hilton covering the Middle East & Turkey region, responsible for working alongside owners to develop design concepts for upcoming hotels in the region.
Originally from Lebanon she was educated in the US at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and spent the first 15 years of her career with various consultancies in Los Angeles during which time she had the distinction of working on theme parks in Malaysia and Japan, Corporate interiors, as well as restaurant designs.
She moved to Dubai 2003 and followed her passion for hospitality interiors for brands ranging from Intercontinental, Ritz Carlton and Kempinski before taking on her current role.
Prodipto is a Principal in CRTKL’s Middle East business and is the Design Lead for Hospitality, Residential and Mixed Use projects. He uses his vast international experience and proven design leadership capability to successfully design, manage and deliver fast track large scale multiuse projects.
Kristina is a prominent figure in the world of interior design: having been the founder and co-owner of Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp), Kristina spent over 20 years based in Thailand, and worked with numerous international brands, multinationals, and prominent companies.
Through her cutting edge designs and dedication to her clients Kristina led ‘dwp’ to global recognition within the industry, establishing over 14 offices in 5 continents.
Kristina has spent the past 9 years working in the Middle East and has since established her own signature creative design studio headquartered in Dubai: Kristina Zanic Design Consultants, with offices in Bangkok and Riyadh as well.
Her eye catching designs, relentless enthusiasm and personalized service have already won her a variety of prestigious assignments in the United Arab Emirates, Europe, India, Africa and KSA. Kristina has also received a number of prestigious international and other regional interior design awards.
Talented, respected, organized, and trusted, Kristina prides herself on being in tune with her clients, possessing a talent for synthesizing what is desirable and attractive with what is viable and functional. Inspired by her passion for travel and to explore foreign cultures, Kristina’s exclusive designs are often a result of the fusion of elements and detail from her travels.
Kristina’s clients include Accor, Marriott, IHG, Jumeirah, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Emaar PJSC, Meraas, Signature Clubs International / Capital Clubs, Rotana Hotels and Resorts amongst others.
Luc Siezenis, (MBA) Master’s Degree Field of Study Business Administration and Management, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Born in 1968 with Dutch Nationality, married with 2 children, Country Manager for the Middle East Region, Roca Group representation office in Dubai, UAE.
He was the Export Sales Director at Laufen Bathrooms AG from June 2015-2020 in Laufen, Switzerland.
Former Vice President for Export, Sanitec (Keramag, Twyford, Sphinx, Pozzi Ginori) in Düsseldorf, Germany. From Sep 2004 – Dec 2007 he was the Supply Chain Director Koninklijke Sphinx BV, Maastricht, The Netherlands.