Matte surfaces make a wide range of new design options possible in the bathroom. Their velvety finish exudes a sophisticated elegance and creates contrasts with glossy individual pieces or colored areas.
Humans imbue places with emotions. The bathroom of yesterday evokes memories of cold tiles and functional ceramic objects. The surfaces in today’s bathroom, however, are much more varied: furniture comes in a range of finishes such as textured wood or satin matte lacquers. Bathtubs are made from a cast mineral material with a velvety, warm feel.
An orderly bathroom generates a sense of well-being
The bathroom is a place of cleanliness and relaxation where we spend a good part of each day performing our daily hygiene rituals. An orderly and well organized bathroom enhances this sense of well-being, and the addition of the right products combines orderliness with smart design.
Feeling close to nature in the bathroom gives us a sense of calm and relaxation. Daylight, a landscape view, decorative plants, organic forms, and authentic materials create a natural experience that is pleasant to the eye and to the touch.
When Duravit and sieger design presented the Happy D. bathroom range at the ISH 1999, they introduced a modern archetype with a contemporary design language that is now considered a classic. In the last 20 years, the Happy D. success story has advanced through a number of stages, repeatedly demonstrating new, forward-looking influences that have little time for fleeting trends.
A comfortable bathroom doesn’t need a lot of space – what matters are creative ideas and the right products. There are numerous different ways to create additional storage space in the bathroom and find a home for everyday bathroom items both large and small.
Drawer in – and out. Mirror cabinet open – and closed. Water on – and off. It’s all go in family bathrooms in the morning. Every move has to be perfectly orchestrated, every utensil within easy reach. So it’s always good to have little problem-solvers at hand to make sure that everyday routines go like clockwork. Functionality and comfort play a key role here. Duravit offers a whole host of sophisticated solutions for bathroom users of all ages, particularly in the washing area. The varied and customizable Brioso design options are excellent value for money.
She was a master of organic architecture and the first woman to be awarded the coveted Pritzker Prize, the Nobel Prize of architecture. Today, all over the world, Zaha Hadid's buildings spiral up into the sky, bridge rivers, streets and squares, or nestle into the edge of Russian mountain plateaus. Apparently weightless, her concrete constructions stack layer upon layer of projecting and set-back stories, seamlessly link assembly line production with office work in Leipzig's BMW factory, and transform ski jumps and exhibition halls into studies on dynamics.
“I deal with things in which I see a meaning. My starting point is always a clear explanation, and that is where the justification of my creations can be found. Function is essential, and if I can’t articulate a good reason for a new product, then it’s better not to create it in the first place.” - Cecilie Manz
Matteo Thun was born in Bozen (South Tyrol) in 1952. After studying at the Oskar Kokoschka Academy in Salzburg, and at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, in 1981, he was one of the co-founders of the legendary Memphis Group. Its members questioned the pure functionality of design objects.
Duravit still influences bathroom design. This is largely thanks to the collaboration with Dieter Sieger, which commenced in 1990. A starting signal for us as a manufacturer of designer bathrooms. With the "Darling" ceramic series, we set standards and, looking back, can see that we changed the industry. There's no doubt that this required a certain degree of courage, but mainly a love of sustainable design and timeless forms, something that is still apparent today in every Duravit product.
His bi-cultural childhood and upbringing played a fundamental role in shaping his creative approach. Kurt Merki Jr. creates dreams in the form of versatile products that offer solutions for all manner of lifestyles. The Vero complete bathroom collection that he designed speaks volumes with its timeless elegance, and has been the recipient of three awards in quick succession.
Frank Huster, born in 1939, completed his studies of architecture and interior design in Stuttgart. In a shared office with Peter Hübner, from 1970 to 1978 he also worked on developing cardboard toys, folded structures, and cardboard screens for the Munich Olympics.
EOOS, the likeable Vienna-based design trio, could pass as a boy band. These three designers do not view their ‘threesome’ approach as a hindrance – in fact, they see it as a bonus, as bringing together three different personalities continually gives rise to surprising objects that shape the spaces they inhabit.