“When it came to Qatego and bathroom design overall, we opted for a completely new approach within our philosophy: the most significant function in a private area such as the bathroom is the feeling of comfort and wellbeing. It is these highly emotional ‘functions’ that people seek in their private home,” said Henning Rieseler, Design Director at Studio F. A. Porsche, describing the creative process. “For that reason, Qatego focuses on simplicity and a very human touch that we have combined with softer forms, and which are exceedingly minimalist and iconic overall.”
“From the caliber of their work worldwide to their clear design philosophy, Studio F.A. Porsche is a natural fit within our portfolio of distinguished Duravit design firms,” says Bob Downie, President & CEO of Duravit USA, Inc. “A premium collection, Qatego underscores Duravit’s commitment to extended customization opportunities for customers through its unique materials, shapes, sizes and finishes for the bathroom space.”
Strict geometries: the furniture
Qatego furnishings feature a linear design language and are offered in a range of styles. From a console vanity design with a drawer and resting above-counter basin to a seamlessly integrated built-in washbasin unit that floats against the wall, Qatego’s expanded furniture options offer customers varied solutions. In functional terms, Qatego furnishings also reflect an interplay of open and closed surfaces. This motif can be traced across all of the designs, including the tall cabinets with hinged doors, mirrors, and mirrored cabinets with a storage shelf. The furnishings’ surfaces are all anti-fingerprint while the cabinets and doors have tip-on opening and soft-closing features. The Qatego mirror offers additional ambient lighting with sensor-control and de-fogging options for enhanced wellness routines.
Playing with colors & materials
Made from sustainable PEFC-certified wood, the Qatego furnishings are available in six neutral finishes ranging from White Matte to White High Gloss as well as wood tones such as Marbled Oak, Black Oak and Oak Terra. Underlining the collection’s biophilic design influence, the vanity console unit combines the ceramic above-counter basins with natural stone panels made from Carrara Marble, Lavica Stone and Travertine – a first for the German brand. The console supports, made from anthracite-colored metal, simultaneously act as towel holders. Other thoughtful details include the stone panel’s recesses which offer space for accessories such as a brush or soap dispenser to the left or right of the above-counter basin. Each of the natural stone panels features original coloring with varied shimmering and unique veining and are available in two sizes (approximately 39” and 55” in width). The protective seal on the stone surface makes for easy cleaning.
Gently rounded: the ceramic fixtures
Drawing on the inspiration of water-worn pebbles, the design language of Qatego’s ceramic fixtures combines clear geometries with soft edges that have been delicately and precisely crafted. The rectangular washbasins are available in three styles: as a wall-mounted model as well as an above-counter basin with a tap platform that offers adequate storage space. These are joined by an undercounter basin with defined arched sides that can be seamlessly combined with the console vanity unit. Mimicking the shape of the sinks, the freestanding bathtub is another eye-catching ceramic in the collection. Made of DuroCast Plus mineral cast with molded-in color, this bathtub is ergonomically shaped to comfortably provide lower back support while sitting and has a striking velvety surface for ample relaxation. A wall-mounted and free-standing toilet blend seamlessly into the overall concept round off the sanitary objects. Pre-fitted hinges enable the toilet seat to be quickly and easily installed. All ceramic elements are optionally available with the antibacterial ceramic glaze HygieneGlaze, which achieves a previously unheard-of hygiene standard. After just six hours, approx. 90% of bacteria (e.g., coli bacteria) are eliminated, with approx. 99.9% eliminated after 24 hours.
Founded in 1817 in Hornberg in the Black Forest, Duravit AG is a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms. Active across more than 130 countries worldwide, the brand serves as a complete bathroom supplier with a product portfolio comprising premium sanitary ceramics, bathroom furniture, bathtubs and shower bases, shower toilets, faucets, accessories as well as installation and wellness systems. Duravit’s in-house design team frequently collaborates with a global network of high-profile designers such as Cecilie Manz, Philippe Starck, Christian Werner, Sebastian Herkner, and Bertrand Lejoly to create award-winning bathroom solutions. Through uncompromising product excellence, material innovation, and trusted service, Duravit provides endless design possibilities to upgrade the everyday at all market price points. Across its operations, Duravit remains focused on environmentally responsible design and manufacturing with a strategic mission to become a climate-neutral business by 2045.
Duravit USA, Inc. headquarters are based in Duluth, GA.
About Studio F. A. Porsche – design for eternity
As a premium design agency, Studio F. A. Porsche designs products for customers worldwide, turns brands into experiences, and brings the highest standards into the right form. The name Porsche is known around the world, and its iconic, timeless design is unmistakable. The Porsche 911 sports car, designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1963, remains iconic today and demonstrates his design maxims: to optimize function, reduce form to the essential, and to overcome the familiar so that new, improved solutions can be discovered time and time again. In 1972 F. A. Porsche set up his own studio for product design that to this day remains faithful to the founder’s design philosophy.
Clear lines, minimalism, and elegance are placed center stage in the same way as durability and the honesty of the materials. The portfolio of Studio F. A. Porsche is constantly expanding: from the e-bike to the superyacht, from the washing machine through the architecture project right up to the bathroom range for Duravit. The bedrock of Studio F. A. Porsche is its deep embeddedness with its values. These are the source of the studio’s success, which finds its ultimate expression in the advancement of its customers.
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