Kitchens & Bathrooms
Duravit
Philippe Starck designs his first complete bathroom range for the leading manufacturer

Whether dreaming up a minimalist bed frame or sophisticated lighting, prolific multi-disciplined French industrial designer Philippe Starck believes that each new product of his should improve the lives of as many people as possible – a philosophy he calls ‘democratic design’. Now, he has turned his attention to bathrooms with White Tulip, his first complete range for Duravit, a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms founded in 1817 in Germany’s Black Forest.

 

As you’d expect from the name, the elegant shapes of each piece echo the silhouette of a tulip in bloom, lending the range an almost sculptural appearance. It’s versatile, making it ideal for almost any interior, from an urban loft to a timeless country house. The monolithic design of the free-standing ceramic washbasin is particularly eye-catching and can be attached to the wall or the floor as required, while the round above-counter basins are designed in the same style with a delicately outward sloping edge (it is also available as a furniture washbasin and a hand rinse basin).

The elegant shapes of each piece echo the silhouette of a tulip in bloom, lending the range an almost sculptural appearance

Matching freestanding and wall-mounted toilets and bidets are all equipped with new cutting edge HygieneFlush technology. Independent tests show that this new flushing technique cleans the entire inner surface of the toilet using just 4.5 litres of water. The corresponding White Tulip furniture (which comes in widths of 350 to 1300 mm) has miter-cut, finely crafted edges. The furniture, which includes the coordinating semi tall cabinets, is available in a choice of five colours with a high gloss or satin matte lacquer finish; a solid wood natural oak or American walnut can also be selected. The distinctive chrome handles contrast beautifully with the matte lacquers and solid wood surfaces.

 

This is not just a range that looks aesthetically pleasing though – it’s practical and hard-wearing too. The satin matte lacquer is especially durable and has a protective coating so that small scratches ‘disappear’ almost automatically, leaving the furniture looking as good as new. Fitted with ring pull handles, the drawers feature a self-close action. Meanwhile, the option without a handle features state-of-the-art technology, enabling the drawers to be opened with a gentle tap.

Other crucial items in the bathroom, such as the mirrors and lighting, have been given equal design consideration and thoughtful details. Matching mirrors have glass that has been brought forward so that the surface appears almost transparent around the illuminated area. The light temperature has a ‘memory effect’ which can be synchronised with other lamps throughout the home and controlled via Casambi, an app that can also be used to dim the mirrors and switch the mirror heating on and off.

Finally, there’s the freestanding bathtub with seamless acrylic panelling to mirror the form of the ceramics. There are two versions – round and oval – both of which are available in two sizes (including 1600 by 900 mm for smaller rooms). White Tulip also includes the first range of taps developed by Philippe Starck. Easy to operate, and with 160 finely engraved vertical stripes, they produce an impressive effect. ‘White Tulip is a very sophisticated collection with a strong sense of ergonomics, but it is above all delicate and affectionate, which makes all the difference,’ concludes Philippe.

Duravit Unit 7 Stratus Park, Brudenell Drive, Brinklow, Milton Keynes, MK10 0DE +44 (0)1908 286 680

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