20 Products Through 20 Years of Duravit USA

When German bath manufacturer Duravit – who will celebrate its 200 year anniversary in 2017 – launched its United States division in 1996, product design had an anonymity problem. The period was sandwiched between an age made golden by greats like Charles and Ray Eames and a current era that abounds with everything from design art to mass-market collaborations. By making innovative ceramics and bathroom furniture — and making its creative talents an essential part of those products’ marketing, Duravit USA propelled Americans to recommit to design savvy. In honor of 20 years of consistent advocacy, we look back at the designers whom the company charged with moving the market as well as the conversation forward and their creations. Happy D.2 1. Starck 1 Whether he is playing enfant terrible or hero of the people, Philippe Starck never fails to provoke and delight. The Starck 1 toilet, bathtub and washbasin comprising his first collaboration with Duravit embodied the Frenchman’s populism. While impressively rigorous, the collection’s forms are clearly descended from bucket, tub and washbowl to establish an emotional familiarity among consumers. Starck 1 2. Starck 2 Starck 2 was conceived as a ...
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