“ Philippe Starck’s progressive ideas for the bathroom embody his unique flair and perspective as a designer, combining the abstract with the functional,” notes Tim Schroeder, President, Duravit USA. “The Starck 1 collection has been a consistent bestseller since its launch, and we’re excited to honor its popularity with a new range of creative colors that speak to Starck’s playful sense of design.”
To inspire the original series, Starck looked to the most minimal bathing elements -- a bowl, bucket, and hand pump -- and applied them to a modern setting. The famous Starck barrel plays with the role of bucket and bowl, with a gracefully tapered shape that extends to the ground with clean curves on the outside. The range of surface finishes for this timeless piece has long included real-wood oak veneers and fine-grained dark Macassar, Oak , American Walnut, Black, and White High Gloss. For 2019, a fresh take on color has been injected, with shades such as Night Blue Satin Matte Lacquer, Light Blue Satin Matte Lacquer, Stone Grey Satin Matte Lacquer, and Taupe Satin Matte Lacquer making a statement.
Each Starck barrel is crafted with care. The conical unit on which the circular ceramic washbasin stands is based on glued plywood, which has undergone a multi-stage curving process. On the outside, it is covered either with a real-wood veneer protected by a melamine resin finish or with a paintable laminate in preparation for the subsequent high-gloss paint finish. Inside, the barrel is lined with high-quality black laminate and a glass shelf, and the curved doors allow for a wide opening angle. After producing the door cut-outs, a wall connector is attached on the rear side for the water inlet and outlet piping. The pieces of each individual barrel are provided with serial numbers to ensure that the right components are fitted together to achieve a seamless look. Each barrel is thus a unique, one-off product incorporating a wealth of hand craftsmanship.
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