ASUTOSH SHAH | Managing Director | Duravit | India
Asutosh Shah is the Managing Director of Duravit India. A Chartered Accountant, he has been associated the last 13+ years with Duravit and has taken the company to new heights. He believes that logistics and a suitable after-sales service are particularly important.
Time for new interpretations: concrete is a natural product that is currently experiencing a renaissance and achieving cult status in both architecture and interior design. It is now difficult to imagine the design of interior areas and even furniture without the material: concrete cupboards, worktops, consoles and accessories can be used in a variety of ways and are an alternative to classical materials, such as wood. Bare concrete walls have become the expression of a new style that concentrates on the essentials – both inside and outside. Particularly the bathroom, concrete is especially effective when combined with white ceramic and Duravit design.
THE PERFECT DESIGN PLATFORM
Concrete is a purely natural product – as is ceramic. Cement made of limestone and clay is mixed with sand or grit and water. Other materials, such as steel, are also added. The properties of the material – heavy or light, fine or rough – can be controlled by adjusting the mixing ratio.
A fine-grained concrete wall appears warm with the elegance of sandstone. In this quality, the material is very understated, does not take centre stage and offers the perfect platform for modern bathroom design.
A fitting platform for the ME by Starck series by Duravit: the collection offers pure aesthetics and individual design possibilities. A slender rim that is also found on the washbasin, toilets and urinals serves as a visual design signature. Thanks to its delicate edge, the new, 1300 mm wide double washbasin appears almost rimless and lightweight.
The combination with fine-grained concrete highlights the clear lines and forms of the series.
Fibre-glass elements that allow daylight to shine through are inserted into modern translucent concrete, making the room seem lighter and softer. This light material creates a sense of space in small bathrooms with the ME by Starck handrinse basin.
ARCHAIC WITH STRUCTURE
The coarser the ingredients, the rougher the concrete product. Smaller air inlets also give concrete walls an expressive structure that, when combined with other stone-like materials, such as the Stonetto shower tray by Duravit, create an archaic feeling in the bathroom. The model created by design trio EOOS has a matt finish resembling natural stone. This is possible thanks to the use of the mineral material DuraSolid Q. Stonetto comes in the typical colours of stone: white, sand and anthracite. Tiny speckles in the finish enhance the natural appearance.
Concrete unfolds its industrial charm in bathroom interiors with lots of glass and steel. In this clear, architectural surrounding, the Paiova Monolith by Duravit and EOOS brings out the main features. In this version, the typical trapezoidal form of the Paiova bath is made from a rectangular monoblock. This makes the acrylic bath an impressive eyecatcher in the bathroom.
The bath itself offers plenty of room for two people to bathe side by side and so to relax together in style: with concrete in the bathroom.