Bicentennial fever is gripping Duravit, founded in 1817 as a ceramic tableware supplier by Georg Friedrich Horn, but now a global bath giant approaching half a billion dollars in annual sales. “What drives us is the search for perfection, in aesthetics as well as functionality,” chairman Frank Richter says.
That pursuit accelerated in 1987 with Sieger Design’s Giamo, the manufacturer’s first complete bath range, which triggered a rage for collaboration. Sieger’s Darling sink followed in 1994, the same year Interior Design Hall of Fame member Philippe Starck’s Starck 1 bathtub became an industry sensation. Studio KMJ’s very rectangular Vero bowed in 2001. This year, Danish designer Cecilie Manz joins the roster with the pared-down elegance of the Luv series, its no-nonsense tub seamlessly cast from a proprietary mineral composite. And just in time for the anniversary, Duravit’s U.S. subsidiary christened its new 120,000-square-foot Georgia headquarters last month.