It all began in Hornberg, Germany in 1817 when Georg Friedrich Horn built an earthenware factory initially focused solely on the manufacture of crockery. In 1956, production evolved from earthenware to porcelain, extending the product range to include sanitary ceramics. This provided a platform for future success and introduced the sanitary world to a new name: Duravit. Today, Duravit AG operates at an international level and boasts 10 production plants with a workforce of more than 5,000 employees worldwide.
Even though we are living in an era of high-tech and automation, when it comes to products with such a high claim to design and function, quality still highly depends on human skill. Duravit continues to maintain a great deal of craftsmanship to ensure this high standard. This applies to the manufacturing of ceramic as well as to all other production areas at Duravit.
How do they recognize good design? After all, individual tastes can be so very different. Nevertheless, certain attributes serve as benchmarks and qualifiers for innovation.
First, Duravit has been the proud recipient of numerous international design awards. These awards celebrate bold design, which has become Duravit’s hallmark over the years. Second, there are the designers themselves. Each designer is a specialist in his field – a prominent global innovator with an inherent sense for good design. Good design, as Duravit and its designers see it, is never at the expense of practicality – neither is interested in “design for design’s sake”.
And third? That’s you, the bathroom user, and your own set of needs and requirements. Thanks to an ongoing dialogue with its trade partners and sanitary ware dealers, Duravit is best able to address these needs and requirements in the brand’s designs. Simply put, Duravit recognizes good bathroom design by the fact that it seems specially created to suit all individual tastes.
Today, everyone’s talking about environmental responsibility – a practice that Duravit has championed for years in its selection of materials, technological applications and production methods. Sustainability is the very reason Duravit continues to work with sanitary ceramic, a material that dates to 8,000 BC. Today, the manufacture of Duravit sanitary ware ceramic continues to employ the same basic materials – clay, kaolin, feldspar and quartz – a set of natural, regenerative sub- stances. This fusion of Duravit’s environmentally friendly production technologies with the company’s meticulous quality control results in products that are highly functional and long-lasting.
At Duravit, sustainable materials, modern expertise and the foresight to recognize what will be important tomorrow comprise the essential ingredients for beautiful – and responsible – living bathrooms.
Focal Point is proud to be an official dealer of Duravit. Call our showroom at 718-336-6900 and ask to speak to one of our experts to learn more! Or, you can check out the manufacturer website.