Vidrala presents the winners of the IX Master Glass Design Contest

July 8, 2024


vidrala has announced the winners of the ninth edition of the Master Glass Design Contest, whose objective is to promote the creativity and innovation of students of Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Engineering, Graphic Arts and other related disciplines in Spain and Portugal. This year, the jury awarded first prize to the project TOMAGROW, by Ferran Delgado and Max Puig, students of the Higher Polytechnic School of Engineering of Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG).

The Master Glass Design Contest is an initiative by Vidrala to promote the creation of innovative and sustainable packaging. This competition also aims to give visibility to young talent by providing students with a platform to showcase their creativity and skills in front of industry experts. The competition, organized in collaboration with the University of Deusto and EIDE, the Basque Design Association, rewards the winners with a trip to the Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week.

In the final phase of the competition, ten finalists presented and defended their projects before a jury made up of professionals from the sector, representatives of Vidrala, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto and members of EIDE. The evaluation criteria for the finalist projects focus on concepts such as their innovation, functionality, viability and sustainability.

The Jury for this edition was made up of:

  • Ainhoa ​​Martín, president of the Confederation of Schools of Plastic Arts and Design of Spain.
  • Josyane Franc, advisor to international design networks and ambassador of the Cité du Design and Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design (ESADSE).
  • Angélica Barco, president of EIDE and director of Angélica Barco Studio.
  • Marcelo Leslabay, professor of Design at the University of Deusto.
  • Asier Etxebarría, Design and Product Director of the Vidrala Group.

Description of the winning projects:

First Prize: TOMAGROW

Tomagrow is a project that combines innovation, functionality and sustainability in a single container. The glass container, designed in the shape of a pear tomato to evoke the main ingredient of gazpacho, is not only visually attractive, but also ecological. The natural cork stopper contains a biodegradable capsule with a seed inside. After consuming the gazpacho, the bottle can be cleaned and transformed into a flower pot, promoting secondary reuse.

The jury highlighted the interesting balance between form and function of the packaging, considering it a circular product that provides a new typology that has not existed until now for gazpacho. They pointed out that the 75 ml container is useful for final consumption, making it easier to avoid food waste. The overall concept of the project is solid and reflects values ​​present in today's society, such as sustainability and circularity. However, they mentioned that the viability of the project is open to technical improvements.

The authors of the project are Ferran Delgado and Max Puig, students at the Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG).

Accesit: LE CURDÉ

Le Curdé presents a stackable bottle that maintains the essence of luxury associated with a high-quality liqueur. This versatile design includes extruded plates with circular projections and interstices that facilitate stacking and handling. The flat sides of the bottle allow it to be supported stably in any position. The secondary packaging consists of a six-pack inside an aluminum packaging that secures the elements and facilitates their transportation, integrating into the circular economy with a returnability policy.

The jury appreciated the innovative and functional shape of the packaging, highlighting that it can be placed in any position thanks to its conceptual design. They considered that the format is suitable for high alcohol drinks and the fact that it is reusable to hold other liquids makes it functionally innovative. They also highlighted the single-dose concept and the idea of ​​selling it in supermarkets in packs, which improves its commercial viability, as well as its circularity.

The author of the project is Carlos Noguera, a student at the Antonio de Nebrija University.

Accesit: La Terreta

La Terreta is a 200 ml olive oil container, recyclable and biodegradable, inspired by the shape of olive tree trunks. This modern and ergonomic design is distinguished by its relationship with the olive tree, the oil and the oil can. It allows you to refill the bottle and has an innovative dispenser to avoid waste, making it an ideal product for the home.

The jury praised the elegance and functionality of the packaging, highlighting its ability to clearly communicate its contents. The ergonomics of the design, which fits perfectly in the hand, and the comfortable 200 ml format were well received. They considered the proposal innovative for its drop collection system and dispenser. They also mentioned that the product is typical in Spanish homes, being a good idea to have at home and refill it, giving the container a second life.

The author of the project is Lorena Salas, student at the Escola d'Art i Superior de Disseny de València (EASD València).

Accesit: Glassoliv

Glassoliv is a bottle for virgin olive oil, inspired by luxury perfumery. The glass stopper symbolizes an olive, while the recycled green bottle represents the oil. Equipped with a sprayer, the container not only stands out for its elegant design, but also offers multiple secondary uses that extend its useful life.

The jury noted the originality and sophistication of the design, which has managed to enhance the quality of the extra virgin oil, comparing it to a high-level perfume. The use of a sprayer as an application device was seen as an innovative touch that reinforces the idea of ​​luxury and exclusivity, in line with the concept of representing a perfume. They also considered that the format is interesting as a gift due to its representativeness of the product it houses.

The author of the project is Laura Ramos, student at the Higher School of Design of La Rioja (ESDIR).

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