September 7, 2014
by Canadian Architect
Following a successful launch in 2013, Duravit USA, Inc. has announced its second annual Designer Dream Bath Competition. The program invites architects and designers to imagine their ideal bath space using a selection of Duravit collections, which include Vero, DuraStyle, and Happy D.2. Participants are asked to use their own bathroom as a basis for their designs, and must submit a rendering or sketch illustrating the potential transformation with the implementation of Duravit products. The winner will be awarded the Duravit items used in his or her project up to a value of $15,000.
Duravit USA President Tim Schroeder remarks, “We were blown away by the success of our first competition, so we are excited to bring it back for 2014. Not only does the competition help a designer’s dream become a reality, but it also brings the Duravit brand closer to home as they get to know our aesthetic and understand the scope of application with our products.”
The straightforward entry process asks designers to submit two views minimum (rendering or sketch and floor plan) and a “before” image, as well as a brief submission form including challenges, objectives and project details.
2014 submissions may pull from the following collections:
Vero: A long-time favorite ceramics line, Duravit has enhanced its Vero program with the addition of furniture. Vero, stemming from the word for “truth,” represents a pure design and sleek rectangular shape with an edge of modernity. Special features include LED lighting, Bluetooth integration, front-facing towel racks, and six sleek finish options.
DuraStyle: The Matteo Thun-designed DuraStyle series embraces a visual lightness and clean aesthetic, all while allowing for innumerable custom combinations through its comprehensive range of washbasins, mirrors, bidets, furniture, bathtubs, and innovative new rimless toilets. DuraStyle’s tremendous versatility can adapt to any taste and any space.
Happy D.2: Created by Sieger Design, Happy D.2 showcases the signature Duravit “D” shape in its softlined ceramics and bathtubs. A new linen furniture finish and gentle LED illuminated mirror cabinets with integrated sound system round out the collection, which offers 13 bathtubs, 12 washbasins, and fresh styles for toilets, bidets, and cabinets. Happy D.2 introduces a modern, elegant update to its original counterpart.
The 2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition now closes for entries on September 12, 2014. The winner will be announced during Duravit Design Week, taking place from October 6-8, 2014 at Duravit’s New York City showroom.
The first competition in 2013 received more than 25 submissions from across North America. The esteemed panel of judges comprised architects and top design media Annie Block (Interior Design), Edda Elias (Elias Associates), Marc Kushner (Architizer), Paul Makovsky (Metropolis), and Sharon McHugh (World Architecture News). Criteria included creatively using Duravit product, overcoming design challenges, and overall innovation. Winner Nicolas Koff, who was selected for his focus on environmentally friendly thinking and universal design, is currently at work on making his dream bath a reality with his Duravit product prize.
Founded in 1817 in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest, Duravit is a leading supplier of sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, whirlpool tubs, accessories, and wellness ideas. Duravit operates in 60 countries worldwide and has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for its innovations in design and technology. The company’s collaborations with internationally renowned designers such as Philippe Starck, Phoenix Design, EOOS, Norman Foster and Sieger Design yield forward-thinking, environmentally conscious and award-winning products that bring the bathroom to life.
For more competition information and relevant documents, please visit www.duravit.us/competition.
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