Leading international designer and architect Philippe Starck has designed a novel furniture range known as 'jelly cube' for Duravit, the Germany-based sanitary ware specialist. It is the first time that Starck has used a semi-transparent plastic on a large scale.
Elaborating on the range, Mohammed Abdelhady of Duravit says: "The special hallmark of jelly cube - in addition to the sophisticated design details - is the inward pointing stiffening ribs moulded onto the sides, into which powder-coated metal shelves or drawers can be hung. They are visible from the outside and give the furniture a particularly striking and fascinating visual appeal."
The body, which is made from high-quality recyclable polypropylene, stands firm on 23 cm-high chrome feet and receives additional stability from the upper panel. The furniture elements, with a basic width of 45 cm, are available in various heights and models. The range comprises a 91-cm-high half-height cabinet - with four drawers or two drawers and a door - and a tall cabinet of 155 cm height, offering twice the storage space with four drawers and two doors.
"The practical and easy-running jelly cube rolling container fits the bill wherever flexibility is called for," he says.
The washing area has not been forgotten either; in combination with the attractive furniture washbasins from the Starck 3 range, the vanity unit becomes the striking centrepiece of every bathroom or cloakroom, Abdelhady says. The sleek square washbasins are available either with a tap hole shelf for single-hole tap fittings or with a raised rear panel for three-hole tap fittings. Matching new mirrors in Starck design - with or without lighting - are also available.
"Jelly cube stands for the perfect interplay of innovation, pure design and uncomplicated functionality," he says. "And if you think this furniture system is only intended for use in the bathroom, you're mistaken: jelly cube simply and effectively creates storage space in an office or living room, too!"
The robust construction provides an attractive contrast to the semi-transparent plastic, whose subtle shading permits interesting plays of light and colour by offsetting the interior and exterior. Jelly cube is available in snowwhite, a pure white, or in iceblue, a discretely cool blue shade.
Duravit has become a pioneer in bathroom design and innovation. Thanks to partnerships with renowned designers such as Phillippe Starck, Sieger Design, Michael Graves or Norman Foster, as well as Phoenix Product Design, Massimo Iosa Ghini and Frank Huster, the company has continued to increase its standing in the international design arena, helped by the extension of the range in 1977 to include bathroom furniture.
All of Duravit's products are manufactured to the highest quality standards at sites in Germany, France, Egypt and Turkey.
The growth of the company over the past few years has, says the firm, confirmed that the policy of value for design is spot on.