The Glassberries Design Awards was perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to me in life. I participated in the contest with the aim of challenging myself and doing something I had never done before; but never, in any circumstance, did I imagine that I could become a finalist, let alone one of the victors.

The Glassberries have me the opportunity to travel, to meet another country, another city and several fellow designers who share the same taste I have for design and the same ambition to take this passion as a career.

This job has been excellent for seeing and understanding the industrial process of a product from conception to production, as well for learning how to work as a team, how to respond to all challenges in the best possible way and last but not least important, to grow not only professionally but also as a person.

University of Aveiro
Golden Glassberry 2015

Winning the Glassberriess Design Awards was a great surprise and a big and beautiful experience for us. Being appreciated by such a large company, that deals with production on such an enormous scale is crucial, especially for the young designers as we are.

During our internship, we had the opportunity to become acquainted with the real life workflow. We had to deal with daily problems, which we are not confronted while designing at the university.

It was a fantastic experience thanks to the people we had pleasure to cooperate with. Wonderful designers and other experts shared their experience and knowledge with us, at the same time treating us equally, as pears.

The opportunity that BA gives is the best reward we can have, because training pays off in the future.

We could not believe it! When all the prizes were already given we thought: well, there are two options: they forgot about us or...okay, we are the winners! Even in this situation, we could not believe that we were about to win the Golden Glassberry. We were overwhelmed! Surrounded by important people and designers such as Karim Rashid, we felt the satisfaction of having our work recognized by them and by a company such as BA Glass. It brought us tons of emotions and, for a moment, we felt invincible.

That was one of the best days of our lives. But that’s not all! The time for the internship arrived and even though we were a little bit afraid in the beginning, it turned out to be one of our greatest experiences, learning every day new things about the glass industry and its market. Now that we are here, we feel that a 3 months internship is just too short.

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