Holidays are like all beautiful moments in life – they are over far too quickly. What wouldn’t you give to have somewhere you could escape to for a mini break – even several times a day? Somewhere you go in order to relax, refresh yourself and just to feel good. A spa for the home where you can enjoy beneficial water and wellness treatments. A dream bathroom that, with ultimate fusion of aesthetics and practicality, makes life a little more comfortable – and that can be as relaxing and refreshing as a mini break. And if that isn’t enough: compared with holiday memories that will inevitably fade, Duravit washing areas, WCs, bathtubs and furniture offer one crucial advantage: they are here to stay. This is thanks to the extraordinary high quality, high-end materials, careful manufacture and, last but not least, timeless design of Duravit products.
Even a company that has set great precedents with its centuries-old tradition once “started small.” It all began in Hornberg, Germany in 1817 when Georg Friedrich Horn built an earthenware factory initially focused solely on the manufacture of crockery. In 1956, production evolved from earthenware to porcelain, extending the product range to include sanitary ceramics. This provided a platform for future success and also introduced the sanitary world to a new name: Duravit. Today, Duravit AG operates at an international level and boasts 10 production plants with a workforce of more than 5,000 employees worldwide – an indication of Duravit’s tremendous evolution, which has always been rooted in a “tradition of innovation.” And Duravit continues to demonstrate its eagerness to charter new territory with its innovative technology, extraordinary design and the development of new product segments.
How do we actually recognize good design? After all, individual tastes can be so very different. Nevertheless, certain attributes serve as benchmarks and qualifiers for innovation. First, Duravit has been the proud recipient of numerous international design awards. These awards celebrate bold design, which has become Duravit’s hallmark over the years. Second, there are the designers themselves. Each designer is a specialist in his field – a prominent global innovator with an inherent sense for good design. Good design, as Duravit and its designers see it, is never at the expense of practicality – neither is interested in “design for design’s sake.” And third? That’s you, the bathroom user, and your own set of needs and requirements. Thanks to an ongoing dialogue with its trade partners and sanitaryware dealers, Duravit is best able to address these needs and requirements in the brand’s designs. Simply put, Duravit recognizes good bathroom design by the fact that it seems specially-created to suit all individual tastes.
Today, everyone’s talking about environmental responsibility – a practice that Duravit has championed for years in its selection of materials, technological applications and production methods. Sustainability is the very reason Duravit continues to work with sanitary ceramic, a material that dates back to 8,000 BC. Today, the manufacture of Duravit sanitaryware ceramic continues to employ the same basic materials – clay, kaolin, feldspar and quartz – a set of natural, regenerative substances. This fusion of Duravit’s environmentally-friendly production technologies with the company’s meticulous quality control results in products that are highly functional and long-lasting. At Duravit, sustainable materials, modern expertise and the foresight to recognize what will be important tomorrow comprise the essential ingredients for beautiful– and responsible – living bathrooms.
Perhaps at a time when the world is getting smaller by the day, it may not be so unique to have production plants and showrooms around the globe. Nevertheless, we are more than a little proud to be able to welcome you to our showrooms in Manhattan, Paris or Shanghai. On the other hand, you don’t actually have to be in a metropolis in order to step foot inside the Duravit world. The Duravit Design Center, located in Hornberg – at the heart of Germany’s Black Forest – offers a very authentic Duravit experience. Designed by Philippe Starck, The Duravit Design Center showcases bathrooms, building history and design options over an area of more than 1,500 m2. Another option is to visit Duravit’s 600 m2 showroom in Meissen, where you can find out everything you want to know about our bathroom and wellness products. Both showrooms have one thing in common: they offer you an opportunity to create your very own Duravit dream bathroom. And—you can even try out the products for yourself! Why not make an appointment?