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Everyday elegance: Dornbracht presents Gentle

Iserlohn / Bologna At the Cersaie in Bologna (20. – 24. September 2011), fittings manufacturer Dornbracht is presenting Gentle, a new product that fits seamlessly and elegantly into an everyday bathroom context. Something special in the day-to-day routine – Gentle represents quality of function and serenity of form. The Gentle truely expresses everyday elegance.

"Gentle is the result of architect Matteo Thun vision for a new stylist, classic design", explains Managing Director Andreas Dornbracht. "Unlike other Dornbracht series, what makes Gentle so special is precisely how classic its form is. It signifies a very deliberate decision to open up our portfolio of traditional design."

Gentle's name describes its soothing character. It simultaneously implies something soft-tempered and cultivated. The lines of this easy-on-the-hands series has a stylish masculine undertone.

"Our main idea behind the design was based on simplicity, elegance and durability," says Matteo Thun. "Gentle is effortless and self-explanatory. The reserved form, the clear lines and the tactile experience make Gentle special." The result is a pleasing natural design that is there throughout the day without being obtrusive.

This sense of being there is also reflected in the Gentle concept baths. They show the fitting in three different places, depicting three moments in one day:

Bath 1:
Morning: At home, after waking the sun is shining and you take a shower. The day begins! The style of furnishings and choice of fittings in the home bath are orientated on the series' standard of serenity and elegance.

Bath 2:
During the day: A short break to freshen up and the day continues. Imagine the wash room at a law firm, a business lounge or a company. Regardless of the particular context, this bath holds the possibility of a brief retreat, offering a moment of privacy in bright friendly surroundings. There are no luxury or design statements dominating the foreground, simply the natural implicit value of well-designed products.

Bath 3:
Evening: A bath in a hotel, A resting sanctuary and the day draws to a close. A short-term home, a semi-public space, in a hotel. The theory here is based on what is personally important: a good bath, a good bed, a relaxing atmosphere.
"Gentle helps to bring collective consciousness to a modern home," says Mike Meiré. "Gentle fits perfectly into a bright, open architectural language informed by clear lines and tactile materials such as wood, fabric, glass and ceramic. Urban typologies with memory-rich qualities."

Gentle comprises fittings for washbasin, bidet, shower and bathtub and comes in chrome. The product was designed by Matteo Thun & Partners.

About Dornbracht
Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG, with its headquarters in Iserlohn, is a globally active manufacturer of high-quality fittings and accessories for bathrooms and kitchens. The company regularly receives international design awards for its product designs and is also distinguished by its long-term commitment to cultural endeavours since 1996. Since 2006, the bathroom and kitchen edition of the "Dornbracht - the SPIRIT of WATER" publication has been regularly released, a publication which documents Dornbracht's vision as a company with cultural relevance and reflects the broad spectrum of the Dornbracht brand. Between being a magazine and a catalogue, the publication succeeds in combining the inspiration, dialogue and innovation that distinguishes thought and work at Dornbracht. 

Further information on Dornbracht and Dornbracht products as well as digital press releases are available in the internet at www.dornbracht.com or from the Dornbracht Press Office: Meiré und Meiré, Nora Niemeier / Burcu Güvenc, Lichtstr. 26-28, 50825 Cologne, T. +49(0)221 57770- 507 / -432, E-Mail: n.niemeier@meireundmeire.de / b.guevenc@meireundmeire.de. Your contact at Dornbracht: Bettina Arzt / Nadine Piepenstock, Köbbingser Mühle 6, 58640 Iserlohn, T. +49(0)2371 433-2130 / -2119, E-Mail: barzt@dornbracht.de / npiepenstock@dornbracht.de.

01_Gentle With its serenity and clear lines, the Gentle fittings program by Dornbracht offers ample space for individuality in the home bath.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
02_Gentle Gentle by Dornbracht anchors quality of function within serenity of form. The claim developed especially for the series expresses the notion of everyday elegance. Pictured here as a three-hole basin mixer with handles.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
03_Gentle Gentle by Dornbracht fits into the architectural context of the day-to-day routine with seamless elegance. The wall-mounted basin mixer with lever handles affords extra personal space at the washbasin.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
04_Gentle Gentle by Dornbracht is effortless and – as pictured here with the wall-mounted shower mixer with thermostat control – blends into the home environment harmoniously.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
05_Gentle With its natural and implicit value, Dornbracht's Gentle fittings series creates a brief moment of privacy. Whether in the wash room of a company or a business lounge.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
06_Gentle Gentle by Dornbracht as a wall-mounted single-lever basin mixer. There are no luxury or design statements dominating the foreground, simply natural and implicit value.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
07_Gentle Gentle by Dornbracht fits perfectly into a bright, open architectural language informed by clear lines and tactile materials such as wood, fabric, glass and ceramic. Urban typologies with memory-rich qualities. Pictured here as a single-lever basin mixer.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
08_Gentle In a hotel, one's short-term home, Gentle by Dornbracht creates familiarity and a sense of a modern home with soft forms that are easy on the hands.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
09_Gentle Gentle's feminine lines that are so easy on the hands can be masterfully showcased with a stylish masculine undertone, as seen here with exquisite dark wood on a washbasin in a hotel bath.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
10_Gentle In a hotel, decision-making is about what is personally important: a good bath, a good bed, a relaxing atmosphere. Dornbracht's Gentle fittings programme fits seamlessly into modern and cosmopolitan surroundings.

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
11_Gentle Single-lever basin mixer with pop-up waste

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Lutz Tölle
Copyright: Dornbracht
12_Gentle Three-hole basin mixer

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Lutz Tölle
Copyright: Dornbracht
13_Gentle Wall-mounted basin mixer

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Lutz Tölle
Copyright: Dornbracht
14_Gentle Wall-mounted single-lever basin mixer

Product design: Matteo Thun & Partners
Photos: Lutz Tölle
Copyright: Dornbracht