DURAVIT DESIGN WEEK

A party on October 25th kicked off the Duravit Design Week. New collections created in collaboration with Philippe Starck, Sieger Design, Sergei Tchoban, Matteo Thun and EOOS were launched. One of the things that caught my eye was the shower enclosure shown below. The mirrored and glass partitions fold back much like large cabinet doors hiding the shower fixtures and creating an impression of a much larger space. I remember seeing a similar prototype at last years ICFF. Looks like a begining of a new trend. Other interesting products were creative storage solutions.

NYC Duravit showroom.

INSPIRATION ACQUIRED

Last Friday I was organizing the resource library and came across an old clipping from NYT. The article featured unique shower heads. One caught my eye and inspired to conceptualize this serene setting.

Istanbul Collection shower head by Ross Lovegrove for VitrA.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MOD Collection washbasin mixer by Ross Lovegrove for VitrA.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gray ceramic tile from Uniform Design's Naturalist 1 collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Duravit washbowl.

UNIFORM AT DURAVIT SENSOWASH STARCK LAUNCH PARTY

Uniform Design attended the Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party held at the Manhattan Duravit showroom on April 7th.  The catering was splendid, as was the attendance.  The stars of the night were the Sensowash Starck: a combination toilet and bidet, and its designer Philippe Starck.  Monsieur Starck spoke about the idea of nature being in constant movement.  The human of today is not perfect, but constantly striving towards perfection.  The Sensowash brings us one step closer to perfection, Mr. Starck claims.  A combination toilet and bidet has been used in the Asian cultures for a long time, but Mr. Starck is convinced that this product will finally be embraced by the Western culture also.  When asked by a member of the public to demonstrate the operation of the Sensowash, Mr. Starck declined.  However, he assured the audience that he tested the fixture multiple times a day during the prototyping process.

We like the idea of a combination toilet and bidet.  It will allow the installation of a bidet in even the smallest of bathrooms.  The design is clean and unobtrusive.  We agree with Mr. Starck that the Western culture will only benefit from a more widespread use of the bidet fixture.

Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party

Water was not the only beverage served at the Duravit Sensowash Starck launch party.

Uniform cofounder Magda Keck at the Duravit party.

Uniform co-founder Magda Keck at the Duravit party.

Albrecht von der Groeben, Head of International Sales for Duravit, speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Albrecht von der Groeben, Head of International Sales for Duravit, speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Designer Philippe Starck speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Designer Philippe Starck speaks at the Sensowash Starck launch party.

Mr. Starck used a body brush as an accessory during his speach.

Mr. Starck used a body brush as an accessory during his speech.