2021 final degree project at the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering focuses on sustainable packaging solutions
Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, has collaborated for the fourth consecutive year with international beauty packaging manufacturer and provider Quadpack, who once again sponsored the degree project of the class of 2021. The partnership is one of the ways in which Quadpack connects with stakeholders to share value and ideas. Working with academia allows it to foster young talent and inspire a mindset of collaborative innovation to create sustainable solutions.
The graduate project gives Quadpack unique insights into the minds of the next generation, bringing fresh thinking to industry issues, while supporting young designers as they embark on their career. Over the course of the partnership, the company has employed several graduates and acquired the rights to develop the most outstanding concepts.
According to Elisava, the students appreciate the corporate perspective from Quadpack. Tutor, ex-alumna and former packaging professional Anna María de la Corral said: “For the students, the degree project is a unique opportunity to demonstrate their worth as future professionals, in an academic context. Linking the project to a company like Quadpack – which proposed a real brief and monitored the project, making valuable, professional contributions – allows the students to experience the reality of what will be their future profession.”
This academic year, students were challenged to consider what is essential in packaging to design solutions that benefit not only the economy, but also the environment and society as a whole – all the while ensuring added value to consumers. Seven design and engineering undergraduates participated, spending their final year concocting proposals under the mentorship of Quadpack Designer Rubén Caño.
Quadpack’s Head of Market Development Pierre-Antoine Henry, member of the Elisava project review committee, said: “This year’s students came up with some exceptional ideas. I always tell anyone involved with product ideation the same thing: start with the dream and work backwards. The students demonstrated their creative talent and did exactly that. As a packaging company, we are pleased to help them on the path to making their dreams a reality. We are able to share our experience in assessing feasibility and marketability, and transforming great ideas into real products.”
Previous projects covered new perceptions of fragrance (2018), skincare packaging for mature audiences (2019) and emerging trends in make-up (2020). Some projects have been displayed at design and cosmetics trade shows, included in market trend presentations and shared with selected clients.