Other advances include DuraSolid, which is used in a range of the company’s
collections like DuraSquare, Luv, Stonetto, and Cape Cod for shower trays
and bathtubs; it’s a cast-mineral material with a matte, velvety finish whose
properties allow for unique molding possibilities, invisible joints and seams,
and a class B slip resistance. But, perhaps most important in any bathroom
setting is sanitation. That’s why Duravit created HygieneGlaze 2.0 as an
option for some of its toilets (an upgrade from the original HygieneGlaze).
Rather than serve merely as a surface coating, the ingredients are integrated
into the glaze and baked into the ceramic during firing, a process that renders
the toilets antibacterial. Six hours after use, 90 percent of all bacteria are
e;ectively killed; that number rises to 99.9 percent after 24 hours.
Back in 1817 when founder Georg Friedrich Horn built an earthenware factory
so he could manufacture tableware, he likely didn’t imagine the impact his
company would one day make on the world of sanitary ceramics. Duravit’s
continued commitment to well-being, to creating new technologies and
solutions to make its designs possible, and to the German design ethos of
perfectionism and attention to detail prove that his entrepreneurial spirit
continues to thrive in the Black Forest.
Jesse Bratter Chait is a writer, editor, stylist, and artist based in South Florida. Formerly, she was features
editor at Luxe Interiors + Design and associate editor at Florida Design Magazine. She also has penned
articles for Modern Luxury Miami and web-exclusive home tours for Architectural Digest.
ABOVE: Dimensions to fit any room, including
smaller ones: DuraSquare handrise basin with