Bathroom of the Year 2019

The 2019′s edition of  BATHROOM OF THE YEAR competition starts for the 16th consecutive year. The purpose of the organizers is to consolidate their tradition, along with leading architects, designers, to allow community members to participate in their best projects. Watched out by a jury, young and aspiring designers manage to measure their professional skills and join the mission of the company to create a contemporary look and functionality of the bathroom in Bulgaria.

“We chose the slogan of this year’s competition to be “Together for better”. Our mission is to make our clients’ lives better and to do this together with designers and researchers, architects and builders, suppliers and distributors. We focus our efforts in three areas, and these are the three guarantors of our success: to be leaders of modern life, to impose design value, and to expand and grow a family of like-minded people in the accomplishment of our mission. Creating a collaboration with the Italian architectural studio Palomba Serafini Associati, together with arch. Roberto Palomba Ideal Standard will work to move the overall design philosophy of the company forward, “in these words Ivanka Kakalacheva, marketing director of Ideal Standard,Bulgaria has pledged to launch the beginning of a new era in the sanitary industry during the opening ceremony at the brand’s showroom, TheBathroom.

“The Bathroom of the Year platform attracted the interest of Roberto Palomba and he will be part of the competition as chairman of the jury,” added Mrs Kakalacheva.

Roberto Palomba, the winner of many international awards, is the lead designer of the new Ideal Standard collections. At the opening, and in his capacity as chairman of the jury, he challenged future participants in the contest with a special video addressed and wished success and inspiration to the young artists.

Bath of the Year is a platform that runs over five consecutive months, during which participants and organizers share knowledge, skills and experience. Each year the requirements are becoming more precise, consistent with the members of the jury and following current trends in lifestyle.

Participants can work individually and in teams in four categories. These are “Luxury Bathroom in a Residential Building – 3D Project”, “Public Toilet in a Shopping Center – 3D Project”, “Realized Bathroom in a Residential Building” and “Realized Bathroom in a Hotel”.

Young designers will comply with the requirements that are the highest priority for the jury. It is important for the projects to present a harmonious, aesthetic and complete image of the interior, the adequacy of the solutions to the respective building, to have a contemporary sound and to be in the spirit of the world design trends, to use energy-efficient bathroom solutions through the products of Ideal Standard and Visible, innovations , space organization and ergonomics, as well as project feasibility.

The competition attracts young talent from across the country who want to share their decisions from October 15, 2019 – January 31, 2020.
Jury vote – February 10 – February 20, 2020 and public vote – February 21 – 28, 2020. The best projects will be awarded at an official ceremony, which will take place on March 5, 2020 in Sofia.

The grand prize for the jury’s favorites this year is a visit to Milano Design Week 2020. A total of 4 projects will be awarded (1 in each category) and their authors will have the opportunity to visit Salone del Mobile (this year takes place in the period 21 – April 26, 2020). The winners of the competition’s media partners will receive a prize, as well as a gift – a professional course in interior and architectural photography. The audience award is traditionally a SPA weekend for two in Bulgaria.

Detailed instructions for the requirements for participation in the 16th edition are published in the official platform of the competition:

This year, as part of the competition, the organizers will hold work events to provide up-to-date information about the future positive trends of modern life, while meeting the needs of clients today while anticipating and marking future modern requirements. At the disposal of the professional community there will be seminars on design of public toilets and the regulatory requirements for them, a visit to the brand’s factories in Sevlievo, presenting the trends for designing a luxury bathroom and more.


As media partner of the event, MD will share up-to-date news for the competition.
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