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2008/2009 Edition

The third edition of jumpthegap® represented the international consolidation of the competition, with the participation of more than 2,800 architects and designers from 89 different countries. On this occasion, the jury was made up of seven professionals: Josep Congost, Carlos Ferrater, Alfredo Häberli, Chantal Hamaide, Carlos Lamela, Alberto Meda and John Pawson as president. 

The jury awarded the project Breathing Bathtub, consisting of a bath that allows users to optimize water consumption by means of a system that works like a sponge and filters the water used in each bath. 

The jumpthegap® award ceremony was introduced for the first time in this edition, an event in which the finalists are invited to witness the announcement of the winners by the jury.


These are the finalist projects of the 3rd jumpthegap® Roca International Design Contest:


Clara del Portillo Pardo & Alejandro Selma Lázaro (Spain)

Free bath

Danil Gavrish & Yuri Uimanov (Russian Federation)


Pierre Chauvency & Arshaad Khodabuccus (France)


Paulo Gouveia & Pedro Guimarães (Portugal)


Professional and Student

John Pawson

John Pawson, President

John Pawson, President

Born in Halifax, Canada, in 1949

John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire. After a period in the family textile business he left for Japan, spending several years teaching English at the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. Towards the end of his time in Japan he moved to Tokyo, where he visited the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the Architecture Association in London, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981.

From the outset, Pawson's work focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms - themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts.

Early commissions included homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi and collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi, together with art galleries in London, Dublin and New York. Whilst private houses have remained a consistent strand of his work, subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from Calvin Klein's flagship store in Manhattan, airport lounges for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and a condominium for Ian Schrager on New York's Gramercy Park, to a set for a new ballet at London's Royal Opera House, the interior of a 60-foot sloop and the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia. His RIBA award-winning Sackler Crossing - a walkway over the lake at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens - opened to the public in 2006.

Josep Congost

Josep Congost

Josep Congost

Roca Design and Innovation Director, Spain

He holds a degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

From 1981 to 1989, he was a founding associate and President of the Board of Directors at Ecotècnia S. Coop, and from 1989 to 1997 he served as Director of Vehicle Design for the Nissan European Technology Center of Barcelona (NETC-B).

He has been working with Roca Sanitario, SA since 1997, and is currently the Design and Innovation Director.

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater

Carlos Ferrater

Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1944

He earned a degree in Architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) in January 1971, and gained his PhD in April 1987. He has worked in his professional practice in Barcelona since 1971.

Professor of Architectural Project Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he held the title of Cátedra Blanca.

He is also a member of the Sant Jordi Royal Academy of Fine Arts and received an honorary PhD from the University of Trieste in Italy.

A founding partner architect of the Office Architecture in Barcelona (OAB) along with Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater in January 2006, he has received three FAD Prizes, the City of Barcelona Prize and Denmark’s Brunel International Award since 2000. He was a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award and has also been distinguished with the City of Madrid Award, the Spanish National Architecture Award, the Dedalo Minosse International Prize, the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza and the Decada Award. He was invited to participate in the International Pavilion and the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2004, and he also participated in the exhibition “On-site: New Architecture in Spain” held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006. Furthermore, an exhibition exclusively dedicated to his work was held in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago in September 2006.

Alfredo Häberli

Alfredo Häberli

Alfredo Häberli

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964

After moving to Switzerland in 1977, he received a degree in Industrial Design at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich in 1991. He received the Diploma Prize, SfGZ in 1991.

In 1988, he began working in Zurich for the Museum für Gestaltung, where he was responsible for many exhibitions.

In 1993 he set up his own studio, and subsequently worked for firms such as Alias, Authentics, Edra, Driade, Luceplan, Thonet and Zanotta.

At present, Alfredo Häberli is developing products for Bd Ediciones de Diseño, Camper, ClassiCon, Iittala, Kvadrat, Moroso, Offecct, Ruckstuhl, Vitra, Volvo and Wogg.

He has received many awards for his work over the years. In October 2006, he was the guest of honour at the 20th Biennale of Design in Kortrijk, Belgium. In this context, the book Alfredo Häberli Design Live was published by Birkhäuser - Publishers for Architecture, Basel.

Chantal Hamaide

Chantal Hamaide

Chantal Hamaide

Born in Dax, France, in 1944

Chantal Hamaide is one of the most influential women in the design world in France. In 1985 she created the magazine Intramuros, of which she is the editor-in-chief and director of publication.

Thanks to its thorough analyses on the subject of industrial creation within the ensemble of its applications (furniture, objects, interior architecture, fashion, new techologies) and its original perspectives, Intramuros has achieved international recognition. Intramuros reveals new talent to its public, pays homage to personalities through portraits of them and anticipates new trends in the market.

By dint of her commitment and involvement, Chantal Hamaide has succeeded in bringing together journalists who have participated in making the magazine an independent and relevant publication for 20 years.

Invested in the cultural development of design, Chantal Hamaide has been behind many exhibitions, conferences and events in France and abroad which have enjoyed great success and have been able to satisfy the public’s growing interest in design.

Her experience as a journalist and her education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris have helped to make her an expert who has participated in many juries, as well as an ambassador of French design to the outside world. In 2000, she received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur award given by Laurent Fabius, who was the Minister of Industry and Finance at the time.

Carlos Lamela

Carlos Lamela

Carlos Lamela

Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1957

He graduated from the ETSAM Technical School of Architects in Madrid with a degree in Architecture in 1981.

He also holds a degree in Design from the International University of Art in Florence, Italy in 1984.

In addition to his work as CEO of Estudio Lamela, Carlos Lamela belongs to different institutions related to his profession. For example, he serves as Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Madrid Chapter. He is also often invited to give lectures in different Spanish universities, schools of architecture, foundations, fairs, exhibits, institutions, regional architectural associations and congresses related to architecture, construction and urban planning. Furthermore, he participates as a voice of public opinion in different media such as television, radio and newspapers. He was recognised as the “Best Spanish Architect of 2003” by one of the most prestigious Spanish printing houses, and has been a member of juries overseeing prestigious competitions in Spain, such as the Astroc Prizes in Photography in 2007, the 7th Saloni Architecture Awards in 2007 and the ULI Prizes in 2004.

Internationally, he has been invited to give lectures at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, USA; at Cornell University’s Department of Architecture in Ithaca, USA; at Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Architecture and Planning in Milan, Italy; at Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala; and at other institutions in Venice, Warsaw, Buenos Aires, Tangier, Querétaro and New York.

Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda

Born in Tremezzina, Italy, in 1945

He earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1969.

In 1973 he became technical manager of Kartell, in charge of the development of furniture and plastic laboratory equipment projects.

He became a freelance industrial designer for Brevetti Gaggia in 1979, and he did the same for Alfa Romeo Auto from 1981 to 1984.

He currently works as an industrial designer for various companies, including Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland, Cinelli, Colombo Design, JCDecaux, Ideal Standard, Italtel Telematica, Luceplan, Legrand, Kartell, Mandarina Duck, Omron Japan, Philips and Vitra Olivetti, among others.

His work has been shown in several exhibitions around the world and some of his products are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art of Toyama. Since 1994, the Museum of Modern Art in New York has included some of his designs in its Design Collection. Many of his designs have received several awards, such as the "Compasso d'oro", recently given for the "MIX" lamp by Luceplan.

Moreover, he is involved in teaching and research in many countries and is a lecturer at Politecnico di Milano and at the IUAV in Venice.

He works and lives in Milan.

Héctor Serrano

Héctor Serrano

Héctor Serrano

Born in Valencia, Spain, in 1974

He is founder of the design firm Héctor Serrano Studio, which was established in London in 2000.

This firm’s projects combine innovation with the communication of familiar ideas in unusual and inventive ways. The studio's activities are divided into product, space, communication and laboratory work. In this last area, they undertake research projects that allow them to put new formulas into practice, in addition to questioning existing ones. The constant exchange between these areas enriches the process, giving rise to successful, long lasting products and projects.

The firm’s client list includes companies such as Roca, Moooi, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade’s Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Droog Design, Metalarte, Caja Madrid’s La Casa Encendida and Valencia City Council, among others. The firm has received various awards, such as the Peugeot Design Award and the Premio Nacional de Diseños no Aburridos. Their products have been exhibited extensively in museums such as Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and form part of different collections in others such as the Central Museum in Utrecht.

Héctor studied Industrial Design in Valencia before moving to London, where he earned a Master’s degree in Product Design at the Royal College of Art.

Awards Ceremony

Following the voting of the jury members and a tie between 2 projects for 10th place, 11 projects went through to the final of the 3rd Edition of the International Design Contest jumpthegap®. From these finalists the Chinese designer Li Xi’s project Breathing Bathtub was chosen as the winner.

The President of the jury, John Pawson, presented the award to the winning designer at a ceremony held at the Roca stand in the 100% Design Exhibition in London on the 24th September. jumpthegap® wishes to express their warmest congratulations to the winner and the 10 designers of the runners-up projects.