This year the jury is composed of 6 recognised personalities selected from the design and culture backgrounds chosen for their professional careers and their futuristic vision.

José A. Gandía-Blasco

President, creative, and communications director of Gandia Blasco S.A., is passionate about architecture. His creative work is inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, and he is influenced by architects who share a similar approach to furniture and outdoor area design.

“Our products speak a language of simplicity, harmony, and proportion. I love Egyptian, Greek and Roman architecture. When I travel, I see classical monuments that look as modern as though they had been built yesterday. Some GANDIABLASCO chaise longues resemble stone or wooden lounge chairs from ancient times. The difference is that we use 21st century materials.”

Fuensanta Nieto

Is an architect from the Nieto Sobejano Architects studio with offices in Madrid and Berlin. A teacher at the Universidad Europea School of Architecture in Madrid Nieto lectures and regularly forms part of competition juries and international symposia.
“It isn’t, as Mies said, that more is less, but a question of standing still in time, removing the superfluous without losing the idea.”

“Project of our dreams is one that forces us to question preconceived notions.”

Ángel Schlesser

Is a veteran fashion designer from Cantabria, who needs no introduction. A regular at the Cibeles fashion shows Schlesser has made his name through his sober and sophisticated approach, for women of style who don’t want to sacrifice comfort.
“Live life untainted by advice. Everyone must experience their personal reality according to their own criteria. That is the best piece of advice I’ve received.”

“Creating perfumes is probably one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. It’s the only one that is entirely pleasurable.”

Javier Abio

Is the co-director and co-founder of the Ipsum Planet creative studio, that publisher Neo2, a cult lifestyle magazine, with paper and digital editions, specialising in contemporary creativity.
“Neo2 is a magazine on creative trends that appears in both print and digital formats. Like most magazines available on our country’s newsstands, Neo2 is a magazine franchise. It’s a 100% national title. We like the new and current concept.”

“Regarding trends…. I believe specific trends emerge in each creative discipline. There’s some crossover, but not always. These days, fashion and graphic design looking back to the nineties. However, interior design and furniture are modelled more on the eighties.”
“What’s most important is that when creators draw from different eras, they add personal, current, points of view.”

Jesús María Castaño

Is the director of the Fundación de Arte y Pensamiento Martín Chirino en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria Las Palmas Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation). Qualified in the History of Art and Anthropology he also works as an art consultant and is the director of several private collections. Castaño is a staunch defender of dialogue between the different art expressions and disciplines.

“Despite working with Martín Chirino, a leading artist in the second half of the 20th century who was part of the essential El Paso group, and whose works are found in this country’s best collections, my commitment extends to contemporary art and acquiring works by current artists of all ages. The common thread is almost conceptual. They’re normally multidisciplinary artists.”

David Leppan

Is an atypical businessman, part nomad and part collector. Born in South Africa Leppan was educated in numerous countries around the world, his motivations include passion for everything he does and a sensibility for art, architecture and interior design.

You have till February 22nd present your proposals for the 12th International GANDIABLASCO Outdoor Furniture Design Contest, which this year will be awarding ingenuity with the design of an element of furniture, accessory of lamp that improves the experience of outdoor living. The two top prizes, a bursary of 2,000 Eur. and 1,000 Eur. respectively will presented at the Salone del Mobile Milan in April, a launch pad for young designers looking for recognition.

Entries are open to students and young design professionals between 18 and 35 years of age. The GANDIABLASCO contest is “a way of supporting the ideas of young designers” in the words of José A. Gandía-Blasco.

Inscriptions can be made through the GANDIABLASCO web site where you’ll find all the relevant information for the contest.

We encourage you to get going!