Style up your bathroom

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The Happy D.2 bathtub will feel completely at home in your maritime bathroom.

Interior design styles are as different as individual characters. Not everyone would feel comfortable surrounded by bright colours or opulent furniture. Those who think that imaginative furnishing stops at the bathroom door will be surprised to realise that there is an enormous diversity in the ways bathrooms can be designed.

 

Fans of bright colours can, of course, have them in the bathroom as well. Our Darling New range has plenty of cheerful and colourful bathroom furniture. Individual fronts in bright green or soft blue put you in a good mood from the word go. Matching accessories, towels and mats add a colourful touch and give the modern bathroom a distinctive character.

 

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Colourful eyecatcher: Darling New

The maritime style features blue, white and sand as the dominant colours. These go well with wood furniture and cotton or linen fabrics, with accessories such as ropes and nets. A stroll along the shore offers other decorative materials: shells, sand, stones and driftwood ideally recreate memories of the sea. With a fresh and soothing design the bathroom becomes a quiet oasis in which our Happy D.2 bathtub will feel completely at home. Do you taste the salt and feel the sand between your toes?

 

Fashions become more opulent in the era of colonial masters and world travellers: dark wood and natural materials are typical features. The accessories recall souvenirs from long journeys in the eighteenth century. The Esplanade range offers this globetrotting touch with its distinctive bathtub in the form of a chaise longue – a mixture of tradition and modernity!

 

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PuraVida is simply elegant.

A bit of country air perhaps? In today’s stressful world, many people seek the quiet and laid-back country life – among apple orchards, copses and meadows. With a few natural materials like wood, rattan, stone, porcelain, leather or linen, the country house style can be recreated in the bathroom. Wood furniture and a few fresh twigs combine ideally with the 1930 range for a breath of fresh air.

 

The PuraVida bathroom is elegant, hedonistic and glamorous. This exceptional bathroom range leaves behind the remoteness of classical minimalism and defines a new feminine version. In combination with light-coloured furniture the soft forms make the bathroom appear more airy and buoyant.

 

The archaic style takes you on a journey back in time to the beginnings of the bathroom. The original forms of the Starck range recall their predecessors, the exposed neck rests referencing the geometry of old-fashioned washboards. A cleanly cut tree trunk as a storage shelf makes for a charming finishing touch.

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My home is my castle: A return to the calm elegance of the 1930′s

The 1930 Series in an old manor…

Bright colours, natural wood, partly clear, partly baroque elements: Elegance and country charm are unified in our 1930 Series, which models oneself on the style of the 1930’s and the country houses.

The 1930’s was the time of many cultural and social events: Agatha Christie published her first Miss Marple story, Mahatma Gandhi appealed for the Salt March, the first football World Cup took place in Uruguay and Marlene Dietrich became famous.

Meanwhile, fashion and design accommodated to the living conditions and performed a return to calm elegance.

According to the motto “My home is my castle”, the 1930 Series reflect slow movement, recreation and also glamour. This classic was designed in the Golden Era and presented to the public for the first time in 1930. Over time, many pieces were added to create the entire collection as we know it today.

 

Evita Perón and Marlene Dietrich meet our 1930 Series.

By the way, the technology is, despite the classic aspect, squarely at the top of all times, as exemplified by its wall-mounted bidet and WC. Especially the details are charming: The wash basin with its pedestal, floor standing toilets, octagonal mirrors and adequate accessories carry the glamorous air of a manor house into the bathroom.

 

Did you already know that the original country house style outlived multiple generations? The factual beginnings found themselves in the home of poorer men in rural regions. At that time, their equipment served merely to the function of living; neither as a prestige object nor to create an oasis of well-being. Today the function of the interior decoration expanded, but the classic style of country houses is still in great demand. To complete the look, you should use natural materials like wood, rattan, stone, ceramic or clay. Combined with shaped furniture, antiques or little treasures found on the bric-a-brac market, these substances convey naturalness – the basic element of the country house style.

 

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Bubble bath or steam shower? A gender-specific matter of taste

PuraVida (top left and down right) meets Architec: A gender-specific matter of taste.

If men and women are from different planets, how on earth can they share a bathroom? After all, the bathroom is a place, where the tastes are drifting apart. Thus the likings range between extensive bubble baths and recreational steam showers.

Meanwhile men associate well-being with design, women use the bathroom as a personal refuge, as a place of recreation. Bright colours, plants, candles or pleasant accessories are must-haves. PuraVida boosts this feminine touch: it carries airiness and its rounded down angles and smooth lines make your bath a real oasis.

 

At a men’s bathroom you rarely find a lot of decoration stuff between bathtub, shower and washbasin. His accommodation is minimalistic, but stylistically confident. Straight lines, geometric shapes, a classic black and different tones of grey are domiciled there. For that reason, every man is well served with Architec. Aesthetics and functionality are realised with the aid of geometric basic shapes.

The need of storage room injures to the benefit of both gender. Against the old prejudice not only women own a lot of little tins, tubs and cans. Also men have got their bits and pieces to store in the bathroom cabinet. Cosmetic products for him and her, hair brushes, hair dryer, shapers… the list goes on and on.

 

However, the contemporary private bathroom is often used by the whole family. Not everybody has the extravagance to call several shower rooms his own. So many people don’t have the possibility of separation. Therefore it is important for male and female family members to be open to compromise in furniture and decoration. A shared bathroom has to be created like a single space meeting dual needs.

The solution: A bathroom separated in his-and-her areas with gender-specific needs and a shared space in the middle, for example the Paiova two-person bathtub.

Surely, it must be possible to unify men and women on the planet of bathtubs and showers – on earth.

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The quest for the most beautiful washing areas in the world

A picture-perfect shooting place: Duravit wash basins on the Piazza San Marco, right next to the Doge’s palace and Isola San Giorgio Maggiore in the background – simply enchanting.

Venice’s doves were astonished. What was it, they saw right in front of their sleepy eyes? While the mist of an early June morning was softly disappearing, the Piazza San Marco turned into an open-air showroom for a very special kind of ceramic sculptures. “Click, click, click”, echoed the sound of shutter releases over the historic square by the Doge’s palace. Again and again, flashlights covered the exceptional scenery with their glaring radiance. Soon afterwards, the strange occurrence was over and the perfect “shot” done…

 

What the feathered beholders witnessed was not the scene of a Donna Leon thriller. No, it was an episode of the most extravagant advertising campaign that had ever been done for Duravit up to that time. A campaign which fascinated people all around the world during the middle of the 1990s: Equipped with wash basins, a group of creative folks started their quest for the “Most Beautiful Washing Areas of the World”. In no time Starck 1, Series 1930 and some other wash basins which were produced then were staged in front of breathtaking sceneries in three metropolitans: New York, Paris and Venice.

 

However, turning three of the most exciting places around the globe into the “Most Beautiful Washing Areas in the World” was an enormous challenge. Especially in Venice: First of all, there was bad weather looding the Piazza San Marco just a few hours before the shooting. Furthermore the team had to carry lots of equipment from one place to another, mostly by Gondola – of course. Finally, it was a piece of art in itself to work in such exciting places without disturbing onlookers – except for some doves…

 

As you can see from the pictures, it was worth making the effort. During the next weeks we’ll show you on Duravit’s Facebook page what happens, if the most beautiful wash basins meet with three of the cutest places in the world. Each of the three pictures still hasn’t lost its fascinating appeal. What do you think?

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Setting standards: At the bottom of ISO 50001

Architec Dry: A clever way of saving water

NASA, RADAR, LOL – our world is full of acronyms, words that abbreviate bigger meanings. Today, we would like to introduce to you an acronym that is of special interest for Duravit and its commitment for environmental issues: ISO.

 

I-S-O – this simple three-letter word stands for International Organization for Standardization. The institution is, among other tasks, responsible for providing standards of sustainable development in the fields of business, government and society.

One of the most important certificates concerning sustainability is ISO 50001. The energy management certification ISO 50001 describes the requirements with regard to the introduction, realisation, maintenance and improvement of energy-management systems. It enables companies to continually improve their energy efficiency by adopting a systematic approach.

 

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Duravit: Top brand in China

Our colleagues from Duravit China are celebrating their success.

Hurun Report published the ‘2012 Top Interior Brands List’ of China and we are sending congratulations to our colleagues in Far East: Duravit ranks the top of the list in the category bathroom ceramics. Hurun Report is a leading luxury publishing and event group, comprising a magazine and active events business targeted at China’s high net worth individuals.

 

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Why head for the mountains or the sea when you can relax in your own garden?

Create that wonderful holiday feeling with your own outdoor-pool Blue Moon

The silence is almost tangible. You can almost touch it, smell its perfume. There are no holiday reps, no tourists, no stress. Just absolute tranquility and the soothing, rippling sound of the breeze creating tiny waves on the turquoise-blue water. This is how a holiday feels. And you can experience this in the comfort of your own garden. Continue reading

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Good choice for your family bathroom

The Ketho bathroom series combines sophisticated design with a good value for money.

The family bathroom has to meet the needs of young and old alike. It’s the one room in the house where young foam fighters can have great fun and teenagers go on to create pandemonium in the mornings. All this means that the bathroom furnishings have to meet the highest requirements in terms of durability and practicality. At the same time, parents see the bathroom as a private space to relax and they look for comfort and a welcoming atmosphere. A delicate balancing act that Duravit masters
to perfection with the Ketho range, for example.

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In the beginning there was earthenware

Historical earthenware on display at the Duravit Design Center

When you’re looking at the origins of Duravit for the first time, you’ll be amazed. At the beginning of almost 200 year’s of production tradition there were no toilets, wash-basins or bidets. It was earthenware crockery in which Georg Friedrich Horn tried his luck when he founded his small factory in 1817 – a bold venture laying the roots of an international company.

 

Horn, who had made a good living as a tax collector, read the signs of his times: The

Plate showing a romantic hunting scene

production of printed crockery, which was already very popular in England and

France, could be a promising business branch in the German countries, too. Hornberg served as a good basis for his little company: China clay, the base substance of earthenware crockery, could be sourced in big amounts in the vicinity of the Black Forest town. The deep forests right on Hornberg’s doorstep offered firewood for the kilns. Finally, Horn had reliable workers who ensured a high quality of production with both their diligence and their craft skills.

 

It is no wonder that despite severe opposition of a similar earthenware factory in Zell the small factory took root within only a few years. In 1830 the company was granted the unrestricted privilege of production. The design of the crockery met the tastes of the times, too. Carefully decorated plates, pots, bowls and terrines featuring printings of romantic landscapes and filigree ornaments corresponded to the style of the epoch.

 

Around the 1840s the company neared its first peak. Carl and Hermann Horn, the two sons of Georg Friedrich Horn who took over the firm in the meantime, employed

An old washbasin and a jug

about 80 workers in their plant. However, there were sings of a significant change, too: During the middle of the 18th century the more genteel china gradually displaced the earthenware crockery on the tables of the well-funded social classes. So, the then board of management decided to expand the production to washbowls, chamber pots and similar things. It was a wise strategic descision that secured the company’s economic future and prepared the ground for today’s production of sanitary ware.

 

Only 1912 – exactly 100 years ago – came the end for crockery “Made in Hornberg”. The company, re-branded to “Schwarzwälder Steingutfabrik AG” in 1906, ceased  the unprofitable production of earthenware. The memory, however, of these historic years of Duravit is still alive: In the Duravit Design Center you can marvel at the elaborate products of our ancestors and wallow in nostalgia.

 

View of the "Schwarzwälder Steingutfabrik AG" from the beginning of the 19.th century. It was the time, when the production of earthenware crockery ceased in Hornberg.

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From the design idea to the master mould

Juan De la Corte, director of Duravit's ceramic development department, inspects the size of a new master mould.

Toilets, washbasins, kitchen sinks – ceramics is a material with a wide variety of applications for Duravit. But how is a design idea developed into the base of a new product? The answer can be found in Duravit’s model studio. Continue reading

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