It has been over a quarter of a century since Philippe Starck designed his first fixture for Duravit. In that time, the French star also delivered the five-story Duravit Design Center—complete with a giant toilet-bowl structure that serves as an observation deck—in Hornberg, Germany, where the company was founded nearly 200 years ago.
It was in that bold building, deep in the fabled Black Forest, that Duravit presented its latest collaborations with Starck, during its biennial Design Days event in early February. The two new collections, Cape Cod and ME by Starck, are now available.
Inspired by sandy beaches and untamed nature, the gently curved sinks and tubs of the Cape Cod series utilize a proprietary ceramic material that allows for especially thin yet impact-resistant basins. The sink consoles are offered with chrome frames and either high-gloss white or wood storage; the Vintage Oak version is one of a kind, with irregular edges reminiscent of driftwood. For a uniform and harmonious look, Cape Cod can be combined with selected toilets and bidets from the earlier Starck 1 and Starck 2 lines, as well as with the other new-for-2015 series, ME by Starck.
The minimalist ME by Starck toilets, bathtubs, shower trays, and sinks also feature a delicate edge for an almost rimless appearance. (ME is the first Duravit range in which the urinal— designed for use in private and public bathrooms—boasts the innovative rimless technology.) All of the washbasins in this line can be coated with the company's WonderGliss for ease of cleaning.
ME coordinates perfectly with the L-Cube bathroom furniture collection designed by Christian Werner, also introduced at the 2015 edition of Design Days. Circle 200