Verallia's Glass and Creation Competition has already seen some winners. The top spot – accompanied by a grand prize of €2,500 – was taken by a project entitled “Trama" by María Torres. “La O liva”, by Gloria Díaz, Alicia Alonso and Laura Estévez won second prize, worth €1,300, while “Olives”, by Mario Aguirre, came a worthy third, winning €900.
“From The Olive To The Glass” was the slogan for this fourth edition of the Spanish contest, which celebrates original ideas realised by design students from some of the country's leading design schools. Their challenge this year was to create a different container for oil, olives, vinegar or pickles. A total of 80 projects entered the competition, which is growing in popularity by the year.
Designer Albert Puigdemont, CEO of the design studio Puigdemont Roca, headed this year's jury, along with fourteen other professionals from the world of glass packaging for food and drinks.
"Trama", by María Torres, currently studying Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the School of Industrial Engineering (Escuela de Ingenierías Industriales – EII) at the University of Valladolid, takes home first prize and €2,500. María Torres also won the Facebook public award, amassing 740 votes.
Packaging inspired by the olive blossom as it buds. Its circular shape allows the user to grasp the bottle quite easily, whilst the small mouth is designed to be used in the same way as an oil cruet.
Second prize, worth €1,300, went to "La O liva", by Gloria Díaz, Alicia Alonso and Laura Estévez, also studying Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the School of Industrial Engineering (EII) at the University of Valladolid. A pack comprising two containers: one for olives (150 ml) and another for olive oil (750 ml). There are several hollows on the surface of each container, designed to make them easier to grip.
"Olives", by Mario Aguirre from the Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny in Valencia (EASD-Valencia) picked up a worthy third place, as well as €900. Designed to contain and conserve olives, pickles or vinegars, Mario's container has a number of advantages: incorporating small forks makes it extremely convenient to use anywhere, and it can be reused again and again.
For the first time, the winner will go on to compete in a large international final taking place in Paris on 30 November, joining the best designers selected from all the countries in which the Verallia competition is held. The winner will be able to opt for a cash prize or a training placement at the company.
The initiative gives participants the opportunity for their project to be developed by Verallia.