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An “elder-friendly” toilet wins jumpthegap®

October 9, 2013

Kazuyo Sejima, Pritzker Prize 2010, has presented the award of this year’s Roca International Design Contest to Sanna Völker and Marta Cuquet, students of IED Barcelona Escola Superior de Disseny.

Kazuyo Sejima, president of the jury for the 5th edition of jumpthegap®, has presented the award to Sanna Völker, a Product Design student at IED Barcelona Escola Superior de Disseny, and Marta Cuquet, Interior’s Design student at the same school, creators of ‘Still You’. The award ceremony for the International Design Contest organized by Roca in collaboration with BCD (Barcelona Design Center) was held in the Roca Barcelona Gallery.

‘Still You’, the only Spanish project among the finalists, presents an innovative bathroom solution: an ergonomic toilet supported by a metal structure, adapted to elder people, with a modern and contemporary. With a height of 60 cm, a safe design and armrests, this toilet offers independent use to users with physical difficulties or limited mobility.

As Sanna Völker and Marta Cuquet explained, “our project is based on sociology. Many times, when thinking about the future, we tend to think of things which are very technology-driven, and this led us to explore a more conceptual and sociological path. It is a product which would be easily manufactured nowadays, but whose future perspectives are focused on society's changing trends.”

From among 3,444 participants from 102 countries, ‘Still You’ was selected for its smart design and rational, functional and realistic concept. The jury recognized the advantages of a product designed for elderly people, which would be a challenge for the industry, as it adapts to the needs of an ageing population and is characterized by its aesthetic and fitting design.

The project finalists are:

  • EBATH; Raquel Pissarra (Portugal)
  • EXTREAM; Aleksandra Lubaś (Poland)
  • LIFT; Marta Szymkowiak (Poland)
  • RUN SHOWER; Susana Malhão (Portugal)
  • ELECTROCLEAN; Alejandro Delgado & Arturo García (Mexico)
  • KINETIC FLOW; Sehoon Koh & Hyuna Shin (United Kingdom)
  • ROCA WATAIR; Magdalena Chudy & Aleksander Gruszka (Poland)
  • SIMPLEWASH; Eleonora Drudi (Italy)
  • WASH’N’EAT; Aleksejs Donka (Latvia)

Kazuyo Sejima, maintained that “initiatives such as jumpthegap® are essential in materializing and carrying out projects which make our lives more comfortable. Sometimes, architects and designers insist on projects which are too complex, and because of this, giving young creative entrepreneurs this opportunity means innovative concepts which help create simpler and more accessible products for society are born, especially for people with mobility issues.”

With this initiative, Roca, leading brand in defining the bathroom space, shows ongoing support for young talent and continues to work towards identifying conceptually innovative ideas to build a bridge between today and tomorrow.

Lecture gallery

  • Jumpthegap 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 25
    "Thinking about elder people is very important, because they can enjoy many things. But the most important thing is sensitivity.”
  • Jumpthegap 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 22
    “The balance between dreams and reality is very complex. A dream, sometimes has de power to convince but some others it is just an impossible dream.”
  • Jumpthegap 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 11
    “We are making more complex designs than people really needs. Maybe the most important rule should try to make things easier for people.”
  • Jumpthegap 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 6
    "In Japan we study another lifestyle, a design more natural and comfortable.”
  • jumpthegap® 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 1
    “jumpthegap® means far away from reality and far away from real products that we could manage today.”
  • Jumpthegap 5th edition - Ageing and accessibility 30
    “The only way to face the future is that new generations of the designers and architects work assuring two topics: sustainability and ageing.”
  • “What we are saying now is that has to be a design or architecture specifically for each demography. But don’t you think it coul be possible to integrate sensitivity for all demographics in the same kind of design. Some kind of sensibility towards accessibility useful both for young people but also for the elderly.”
  • “There are two topics that are a fact: one is the sustainability, we are destroying the planet; and the second one is the demographic, people is living more years.”

Awards gallery

  • Jumpthegap 5th Edition 43
    Award Ceremony at the Roca Barcelona Gallery
  • jumpthegap® 5th Edition 1
    Finalists at the photocall
  • Jumpthegap 5th Edition 6
    Winners Sanna Völker & Marta Cuquet (Still you project)
  • Josep Congost (Roca), Marta Cuquet and Sanna Völker (winners), Kazuyo Sejima (president of the jury) and Isabel Roig (BCD)
  • Jumpthegap 5th Edition 11
    Kazuyo Sejima (Pritzker 2010 - president of the jury), Josep Congost (Roca design manager - jury member) and Isabel Roig (Managing Director of BCD)
  • Jumpthegap 5th Edition 13
    Finalist Marta Szymkowiak (Lift project)
  • Jumpthegap 5th Edition 16
    Finalists Magdalena Chudy and Aleksander Gruszka (Watair project)
  • Finalist Susana Malhao (Runshower project)
  • Finalist Aleksandra Lubas (Exstream project)
  • Finalist Raquel Pissarra (Ebath project)