The Spanish designer Jon Santacoloma studied business administration (specializing in marketing and trade techniques) at the Deusto University, graduating in 1996. In 1997 he was awarded, in an open contest, a scholarship, at the DZ-Design Center, to continue the studies in industrial design for a period of three years. During this period he continued the studies at De Monfort University in Leicester, UK, where he received the degree of Bachelor in Arts (honours mention) in product and furniture design.
Back in Spain, he founded the design studio "Ideilan Design S.L."
He works for clients such as "B.Lux", "Thyssenkrupp", "Lino Alonso", "Vitrinor", "Magefesa", "Solac", "Laster", "Biplax", "Sidenor", "Metro Bilbao", "Universidad de Deusto", "Diputación Foral de Bizkaia", "Gobierno Vasco".
Jon Santacoloma designed "Kanpazar", one of the most famous outdoor luminaires (for the Spanish manufacturer B.Lux). Santacoloma named his creation after a tree founded in Spain.
He was awarded the red dot award (product design 2008) for the Kanpazar outdoor luminaire.
Among this prize he has been awarded several important and prestigious prizes, at the national as well as the international level.
Jon Santacoloma is the author of several papers about the role of design in companies, the management of design and the contribution of design to firm's competitivity.