13 years endeavouring to promote emerging design talent around the world. This last March 1st the jury for the 13th edition of the International GANDIABLASCO Outdoor Furniture Design Contest awarded the best projects, from a total of 80 submissions received from different cites of Spain, Italy, Chile, Bulgaria, Japan, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.
The contest this year featured DIABLA, the new outdoor furniture, accessories and decorative objects brand belonging to GANDIABLASCO.DIABLA is synonymous with colour and experimentation in forms and materials, creativity and elegance. Following the laid back spirit of the brand we asked young designers to send us their proposals for the outdoors, from pieces of furniture and accessories that reflect its approach to living and life in the outdoors, without any limits.
The winners including 2,000 Eur first prize and 1,000 Eur second prize.
Our Contest aimed at providing a boost to emerging design voices, is made possible thanks to the jury that includes professionals drawn from the word of design and culture: José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales, president and creative director of Gandía Blasco S.A.; Ana Domínguez Siemens, design curator, art historian and journalist; José Luis Clemente, teacher at the Valencia Polytechnic University (UPV), historian and art critic; Juan Vidal, fashion designer; and Alberto Veiga of the renowned architectural studio Barozzi Veiga.
The jury came together at La Casa GANDIABLASCO, during a day that started with a tour of the GANDIA BLASCO A.S. factory and continued with the deliberation over the some 80 projects received; carried out within the villa’s Sala Blanca room. A lunch was served in the cellar of GANDIABLASCO and ended with a guided tour through the headquarters.
First prize went to Italian designers Francesca Rosignoli and Alessandra Balsotti for ICS swing.
“ICS Swing is an original and fun swing idea, perfect for customising any outdoor or interior space. Its peculiarity is the decoration of the seating element, whose texture is made from the intertwining of cord that creates an X which passes through holes made in a panel and provides the stability for the overall structure. This game of inter twining is directly inspired by the cross-stitch technique. In such a way that tradition and modernity are combined by creating a timeless product.”
The second prize was won by the Turbina Amelia project, designed by a team of Spaniards made up of Adrián Sánchez Mojica (Graphic Design), Álvaro Cervera Usoz (Graphic Design), Elena Fernández Galvañ (Fashion Design), Selene Cecilia Vázquez Vidal (Product Design), Teresa Calatayud Bellod (Interior Design), Zulima Mayor Jurado (Fashion Design).
“The product designed is a ventilator for the outdoors with a retro-vintage style look inspired by Amelia Earhart, a great adventuress who lived during the 1930s. Amelia made numerous historical achievements over her life, but she is mainly remembered for being the first woman (and second person) to fly across the Atlantic. The ventilator in question is inspired by the propeller of an aircraft, it has some external blades for decorative use that turn more slowly (optional) and more powerful inner blades.”
And finally the runner-up prizes were:
The Bulgarian designer Mariela Ganova for her side table on wheels project, Mr. Toby.
“Mr. Toby is a small moveable metallic home-bar with a welded structure that is suitable as much for indoor as for outdoor use. A light structure of rounded forms which thanks to its wheels means that it can be used wherever it’s required, whether it be beside a hammock or by a swimming pool, or even in the kitchen.”
The Spanish designers Cristina Díaz Muñiz and Elena Pérez Arnau for the Melou see-through lounger and table.
“Melou is a beach lounger and table set. These products follow the Diabla line of products, featuring soft forms, attention grabbing colours in a daring, modern approach. The structure for both the lounger as much as the table is constructed using a single piece of plexiglass. The mattress is accommodated within the base of the lounger in such as way as to keep it in place when in use. And on the other hand the table has two levels, one of which can be used for keeping things safe or as a plant holder, converting the table into a multi-functional piece of furniture.”
We encourage you to take part with the 14th edition of our International Contest. Keep a look out for the next challenge!