Philippe Starck designs “St. Trop” for Duravit
July 28th, 2011
“If you’re lucky enough to have a good idea, you’re duty-bound to share it,” says no other than top designer, Philippe Starck. The latest special idea from the celebrated designer is a new steam shower designed exclusively for bathroom manufacturer Duravit.
The sleek, square body of this steam shower that goes by the name of “St.Trop” takes up no more than one square metre of floor space. This essentially straightforward design provided Starck with the springboard for a special leap of inspiration: the door is akin to a frame adorning a large-scale painting. The white background forms the canvas. The person taking a shower becomes the subject, creating a work of natural beauty. Continuing the artistic theme, the stool made of heat-resistant material is a sculpture in its own right.
The simple but effective character of the design idea is also reflected in the features inside the shower: Starck tap fittings with a luxury overhead shower ensure a fully-fledged shower for daily use. A control panel activates a powerful steam bath for maximum relaxation. At the touch of a button, the temperature climbs to between 42 and 50 degrees Celsius, at a humidity of 100%. The pleasures of the steam bath are preset to last 20 minutes. Illumination is provided by a lighting strip in the roof. To ensure seamless integration of this comfort in any bathroom, the “picture frame” is available in all the colours of the Duravit furniture series – 27 furniture colours to meet every individual taste.
A specially developed sound module rounds off the aural delights.
Musical pleasure above and under water
The sound module uses Bluetooth to establish a connection with a sound source, such as an MP3 player or mobile phone, and also to select the track and volume – so the design of the bathtub isn’t impaired by any operating elements. The bathtub itself serves as a sounding body. The sound is transmitted via structure-borne sound converters. Nahho thus promises optimum enjoyment of sound and music – both above and under water. Stretched out in the water in this floating state with gentle music in the background is the perfect way to achieve absolute relaxation. Those yearning for the evocative play of sunset light on the water will revel in the gentle, indirect coloured lighting. The final requirement is for an appropriately restful setting. To this end, technical elements such as tap fittings, waterfall tap or spotlights are concealed behind a furniture flap in white or matt graphite finish. Everything exudes peace and calm…
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