The "Starck" barrel by Duravit ...
and what makes it a design classic
An exceptional success story began back in 1994 with the Starck 1 range. Philippe Starck’s progressive ideas for the bathroom, which have made waves around the world, embody his phenomenal flair for combining the archetypal with the functional. Philippe Starck was inspired by archetypes, such as the washing bowl, bucket, hand pump and nail, modelling his now classic bathroom range on these templates. The famous Starck barrel also takes up the archaic form of the bucket and the bowl, which it has evolved into a top-selling design classic. The range of surface finishes for this timeless piece has since been extended: In addition to the oak real-wood veneers and fine-grained dark Macassar, the design icon also comes in American Walnut and in Black or White High Gloss.
The makings of the design classic
The conically shaped downward-tapering 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 which is protected by a melamine resin finish or with a paintable laminate in preparation for the subsequent high-gloss paint finish. After producing the door cut-outs, a wall connector is attached on the rear side for subsequent connection of the water inlet and outlet piping. The components of each individual barrel are provided with serial numbers, to ensure that the right components are fitted together to achieve a veneer finish with a seamless look. Each barrel is thus a unique one-off product incorporating a wealth of manual craftsmanship.
Inside, the barrel is lined with high-quality black laminate. A glass shelf with chrome rail structures the storage space. The quadrant-shaped, curved doors facilitate access by virtue of a wide opening angle. Shining chrome handles add the finishing touch. In the version shown, the barrel with washbasin costs around 3,900 euros.
Only a designer like Philippe Starck can call apartments, houses and offices his own personal museums. These are the repositories of his chairs, armchairs, home accessories and bathroom products. As a product designer, he made an international name for himself in the 1980s. Even then he believed that modern forms do not have to be re-invented. Instead, he based his design on the re-discovery of ancient forms. With his extremely successful products, Philippe Starck has won both the Compasso d´Oro and the Lucky Strike Designer Award in addition to numerous other international design prizes.
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