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    Product watch: White Tulip, the complete bathroom range by Philippe Starck

    White Tulip is the first complete bathroom range created entirely by Philippe Starck for Duravit. Let’s take a look…

    The extraordinary forms and elegant shapes of the components within the White Tulip series, designed by Philippe Starck for Duravit, echoes the organic silhouette of a tulip in bloom; exuding an almost sculptural feel. The graceful details and the exquisite workmanship satisfy the highest standards.

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    The versatile designs of the White Tulip range follows Starck and Duravit unveiling a new era of shower toilets. The design of this collection, with its ability to blend into a wide range of styles, makes each product ideal for almost any interior – from the urban loft through to the sophisticated ambience of a country house.

    The monolithic design of the free-standing ceramic washbasin is particularly eye-catching. The washbasin can be attached to the wall or the floor as required.

    Designed in the same style, the impressive round above-counter basin has an aesthetically pleasing delicately outward sloping edge. The right-angled washbasin, when viewed from above, also reflects this form. Also available as a furniture washbasin and as a hand rinse basin, both come in two sizes and complete the range.

    Matching free-standing and wall-mounted toilets and bidets complement the impressive ceramic elements. The White Tulip style is also found on the matching urinal. The toilets are equipped with the new HygieneFlush technology.

    Independent tests show that this new flushing technique cleans the entire inner surface of the toilet. The perfectly attuned water flow creates a vortex that guarantees an ideal flushing action at all times using just 4.5 litres of water.

    All new HygieneFlush toilets come with the tried- and-tested HygieneGlaze ceramic glaze as standard to guarantee even greater hygiene. Fired into the interior of the toilet, HygieneGlaze ensures that approx. 90 per cent of bacteria (for example e. coli) are eradicated after six hours, and approx. 99.9 per cent after 24 hours. The outstanding quality of White Tulip is also reflected in its new lifetime guarantee, which Duravit offers on the ceramic elements in the range for selected countries.

    The corresponding furniture is as extraordinary as the entire range. The miter-cut, extremely finely crafted edges are testament to the precise composition of the White Tulip furniture, which comes in widths of between 350 and 1300 mm. The furniture and the coordinating semi-tall cabinets with two or three glass shelves are available in a choice of five high-quality colours with high gloss or satin matt lacquer. Alternatively, a solid wood finish of Natural Oak or American Walnut may be selected for the fronts.

    The satin matt finishes include a special feature: small scratches on these special lacquer finishes “disappear” almost automatically, so that the furniture always looks as good as new. Additionally, the special anti-fingerprint coating makes light work of cleaning and care.

    The distinctive chrome handle is an exciting design option. It can be used to contrast with the matt lacquers and solid wood surfaces, or produce a striking effect on high-gloss lacquer.

    Fitted with ring pull handles, the drawers feature a self-close action. The variant without a handle also features tip-on technology, enabling the drawers to be opened with a gentle tap. There is automatic interior lighting which turns on or off when the drawer is opened or closed.

    Additional practical storage is provided in the combination of the round furniture washbasin with matching vanity unit, which is available in all the White Tulip furniture finishes. The colour of the shelves can be freely selected, too. The floor-standing chrome console with wooden shelves, can be fitted with one or two round towel holders on the sides, providing another unique design element.

    Matching mirrors from the White Tulip series are available in versions controlled by sensors or an app. Creating a special visual effect, the mirrored glass has been brought forward which makes the mirror’s surface appear almost transparent around the illuminated area.

    The light temperature has a ‘memory effect’ which can be synchronised with other lamps  that are connected within the home and controlled via “Casambi”, an app that has established itself for use in smart homes. This feature can be used to dim the mirrors and switch the mirror heating on and off.

    The free-standing bathtub with its seamless acrylic paneling mirrors the form of the ceramics. The oval version is available in two sizes: 1800×800 mm, with 1600×900 mm for smaller rooms. The round bathtub with a diameter of 140 cm, offers a spacious interior.

    White Tulip also includes the first range of taps developed by Philippe Starck for Duravit. The consistent design element is the tulip-shaped handle that echoes the shape of the washbasins and bathtubs and is particularly easy and pleasant to operate thanks to the polished surface, whilst the 160 finely engraved vertical stripes produce a truly sophisticated effect. Washbasin mixers are available in various “comfort” heights S, M, and XL. The range also includes bidet, shower and bath faucets.

    The unusual design of the White Tulip series will add a stylish touch to any setting. Well-engineered technologies such as HygieneFlush and HygieneGlaze, tip-on technology and self-close action as well as mirror heating and app-controlled, customisable lighting complete the feel-good factor.

    Duravit is one of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

    Main image credit: Duravit

    Hamish Kilburn / 08.07.2021

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