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10-1-2018 
Three family companies, three pairs of brothers - one success story
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The subject: Dornbracht and collaboration with Sieger Design and Meiré und Meiré

The special feature: The long-standing partnership of Andreas and Matthias Dornbracht, Christian and Michael Sieger and Mike and Marc Meiré has lastingly changed bathroom/spa and kitchen culture


Iserlohn, January 2018

The Dornbracht brand success story is also, and most notably, a story of successful partnerships.
The central figures here – as has been the case for more than 25 years – are three pairs of brothers:
Andreas and Matthias Dornbracht, Michael and Christian Sieger and Mike and Marc Meiré.
During years of collaboration with Sieger Design and the communications agency Meiré und Meiré, Dornbracht has innovatively and lastingly changed the development of the bathroom and kitchen environments. 

“It needs a lot of experience and instinctive feel to develop something suitable for the Dornbracht brand”, explains Andreas Dornbracht, who together with his brother Matthias is the third generation to head the medium-sized family company. They took over the running of the company from their father Helmut, the son of company founder Aloys F. Dornbracht, at the start of the nineteen-nineties. Dornbracht is now one of the few sanitation sector companies to still be in family hands, and as a leading premium segment manufacturer, produces all its products at the Iserlohn location.

“Both Sieger Design and Meiré und Meiré share our premium orientation and have high quality standards. Not only that, they are both family companies with a similar culture and way of thinking. Just like us, they think long-term and aspire to sustainable development – which is a big advantage compared to management-led design or communications agencies”, continues Andreas Dornbracht.  

Sieger Design developed Domani, the first designer fitting for Dornbracht, in 1985 – Dieter Sieger still had overall control at the time, but passed the business on to his sons shortly afterwards.
Meiré und Meiré took over all communications for the Iserlohn-based premium fittings manufacturer at the beginning of the nineteen-nineties. The close partnership that Dornbracht still enjoys with them both has continued to grow over the years.

“Our working relationship is much more team-based than it was to start with, however. Previously, you would issue a briefing and then three months later, be presented with a complete concept. Nowadays, we are constantly exchanging ideas and information with the teams at Sieger Design and Meiré und Meiré”, declares Andreas Dornbracht. His areas of responsibility within the company are Strategy, Finances, Communication and Marketing, whereas Matthias Dornbracht is in charge of developing systems and technologies, along with his responsibility for Operations. “Both partners are involved in the product development process, right from the start. Technology, design, marketing and communication are always closely intertwined.”

Dornbracht has been continuously setting standards over the last three decades, whether with iconic designs such as Tara and MEM, with solutions for digital water control such as Smart Water and the Ambiance Tuning Technique (ATT), with eUnit Kitchen and the Water Zones, with Horizontal Shower and Sensory Sky or with the most recent concept, LifeSpa. “If you look at these milestones as a whole, you realise that what makes the Dornbracht brand so special is the culture behind it; that there are entrepreneurs here who really are happy to take innovations on board”, says Mike Meiré. And it is also the willingness to take risks, emphasises Michael Sieger: “The special quality of our collaboration with Dornbracht is that we also implement product concepts which we know will initially pose a challenge to the traditional market.”

 

Dornbracht was a pioneer of digitalisation in bathrooms and kitchens. “Basically, we were a few years ahead of our time with Smart Water, the market is only now just starting to develop. But this means that we are even better placed for the future”, declares Matthias Dornbracht. 

 

From fittings manufacturer to design leader

An extremely important milestone in the collaboration with Sieger Design was the launch of the Tara series of fittings in 1992. The minimalist fitting with the characteristic cross-handles paved the way for a new, aesthetic understanding of contemporary bathroom design and after Domani, firmly established Dornbracht’s reputation as a design leader. This was accompanied by a radical change in corporate design, as implemented by Meiré und Meiré. The agency took over communication for Dornbracht at the same time Tara was launched, with Mike Meiré as creative director and Marc Meiré in charge of strategic and operational processes. “The artistic creativity of Sieger Design was really radical and new at that time”, explains Mike Meiré. “But it also posed a question: what do we do with the logo? All those involved agreed that continuing with the traditional Dornbracht lettering was not an option. It had to be shorter. So we simply said, we will cut through the name and run it over two lines. It was almost as if we were slaughtering a holy cow. But Andreas Dornbracht’s response was immediate: we’ll do it. I think that was incredibly courageous of him.”

 

The new, artistically creative line was consistently pursued over the years and decades that followed – up to and including the present day.  As before, Dornbracht’s entire product portfolio is created and developed in collaboration with Sieger Design. It is about far more than external appearance nowadays. “We regard design and product creation as a response to the changing needs of customers and consumers”, explains Michael Sieger, who is in charge of creative processes at Sieger Design. His brother Christian is the business economist responsible for finances, marketing and public relations. Along with aesthetics and functionality, it is about creating added value and including social megatrends in the development process. All parties consider aspects such as “healthness”, individualisation and connectivity in detail. “What will motivate customers – in the next five, ten or fifteen years? These are the questions that occupy us”, says Andreas Dornbracht. 

From “Culture in the Bathroom” to “Culturing Life”
The Dornbracht Culture Projects, which were established in 1996 with the “Statements” series, are an important source of inspiration here. Starting from the new corporate claim of “Kultur im Bad” (“Culture in the Bathroom”), internationally famous artists, photographers, musicians, architects, writers and designers were asked to create their own choice of work in their particular genre on the subject of water, cleansing, rituals and culture in the bathroom. “None of us knew what to expect. We gave the artists carte blanche”, remembers Mike Meiré, who is still the curator of the Culture Projects to this day, and who sometimes actively contributes as an artist. “It was incredibly courageous of Dornbracht to take such a step at that time. Perhaps we can smile about it now, but at the time, it was paving the way for the entire industry.”

 

“Statements” were the initial spark for an examination of art and culture that is still going on today, and which keeps giving Dornbracht crucial impetus for product and brand development. It also provided the inspiration for Dornbracht ritual bathrooms, which were developed by Meiré und Meiré in 2003. For the first time, the focus of attention in the bathroom turned completely to people and their actions – and this approach fundamentally altered the understanding of contemporary bathroom design: from a functional wet room to a place of physical and mental regeneration and ultimately, of personal preventive health care. 

 

Trust and responsibility

Three family companies, three pairs of brothers and a good three decades of collaboration. A connection that has to keep on proving itself all over again, as well as building up trust and demonstrating a long-term commitment to the same aims. “Obviously you have to keep checking: where are we going with this partnership? Are we heading in the same direction, do we have similar ideas about the development of the Dornbracht brand?”, explains Andreas Dornbracht.  

“These are the questions we regularly and openly discuss, from family company to family company. After all, it is these in-depth discussions that make sure we remain on an equal footing – and can go forward together.”

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01_Dornbracht_Family_Company Brothers Andreas (on the right) and Matthias (on the left) Dornbracht are the third generation to head the medium-sized family company. They took over the running of the company from their father Helmut, the son of company founder Aloys F. Dornbracht, at the start of the nineteen-nineties. Photo: Dornbracht
02_Dornbracht_Family_Company Sieger Design developed Domani, the first designer fitting for Dornbracht, in 1985 – Dieter Sieger still had overall control at the time, but passed the business on to his sons Christian (on the left) and Michael (on the right) shortly afterwards. Photo: Dornbracht
03_Dornbracht_Family_Company The first designer fitting Dieter Sieger developed for Dornbracht was Domani (03a), in 1985.
Since then, the collaboration with Sieger Design has produced a great many fittings that have progressed to being design icons: from the timeless classic Tara (03b), to the new Vaia series of fittings (03c-d).
Photo: Dornbracht (03a)
03b_Dornbracht_Family_Company The first designer fitting Dieter Sieger developed for Dornbracht was Domani (03a), in 1985.
Since then, the collaboration with Sieger Design has produced a great many fittings that have progressed to being design icons: from the timeless classic Tara (03b), to the new Vaia series of fittings (03c-d).
Photo: Thomas Popinger
03c_Dornbracht_Family_Company The first designer fitting Dieter Sieger developed for Dornbracht was Domani (03a), in 1985.
Since then, the collaboration with Sieger Design has produced a great many fittings that have progressed to being design icons: from the timeless classic Tara (03b), to the new Vaia series of fittings (03c-d).
Photo: Thomas Popinger (03b-d)
03d_Dornbracht_Family_Company The first designer fitting Dieter Sieger developed for Dornbracht was Domani (03a), in 1985.
Since then, the collaboration with Sieger Design has produced a great many fittings that have progressed to being design icons: from the timeless classic Tara (03b), to the new Vaia series of fittings (03c-d).
Photo: Thomas Popinger (03b-d)
04_Dornbracht_Family_Company The Meiré und Meiré agency took over communication for Dornbracht at the same time Tara was launched, at the start of the nineteen-nineties – with Mike Meiré (on the right) as creative director und Marc Meiré (on the left) in charge of strategic and operational processes. The agency still shapes Dornbracht’s overall brand identity.
05a_Dornbracht_Family_Company It was also during the collaboration with Meiré und Meiré that Dornbracht developed into a brand,
one which is still helping to shape and create culturally relevant processes. The company has been supporting and initiating selected exhibitions and projects under the auspices of the Dornbracht Culture Projects since 1996. Photos: The Island (KEN), 2015, DIS in collaboration with Dornbracht and Mike Meiré (05a); Faust, 2017, Anne Imhof (05b).
Photos: Heji Shin (05a), Nadine Fraczkowski (05b)
Copyright: Dornbracht; Nadine Fraczkowski (05b)
05b_Dornbracht_Family_Company It was also during the collaboration with Meiré und Meiré that Dornbracht developed into a brand,
one which is still helping to shape and create culturally relevant processes. The company has been supporting and initiating selected exhibitions and projects under the auspices of the Dornbracht Culture Projects since 1996. Photos: The Island (KEN), 2015, DIS in collaboration with Dornbracht and Mike Meiré (05a); Faust, 2017, Anne Imhof (05b).
Photos: Heji Shin (05a), Nadine Fraczkowski (05b)
Copyright: Dornbracht; Nadine Fraczkowski (05b)
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20-11-2017 
Dornbracht Conversations 8: Are interior trends over? A conversation with Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu from Neri&Hu (Shanghai), and Rafael de Cárdenas from Architecture at Large (New York)
The essentials at a glance:

“Are interior trends over?” – This was the question posed by Dornbracht in the invitations to the eighth event in the "Dornbracht Conversations” series in Berlin. Wanting to reinforce cultural influences in the bathroom, the Iserlohn-based company Dornbracht started encouraging communication between independent viewpoints in art, music, architecture and design in 1996. Since that time, the “Culture Projects” have sponsored numerous exhibitions and projects – not just as an important source of inspiration for long-lasting designs, but also with the intention of seeing the world in a different light.

 

“Dornbracht Conversations” have been providing a platform for public discourse between the different disciplines in this context since 2008. Guesting at the eighth event on 16 November 2017 were Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu from Neri&Hu (Shanghai), and Rafael de Cárdenas from Architecture at Large (New York). The subject up for debate in the creative hotspot of Berlin-Kreuzberg was “Are interior trends over?”, with Dezeen Editor-in-Chief Marcus Fairs discussing with the architects whether trends or styles can continue to survive in the digitalised and globalised world of today. The venue for the event was the new FvF Friends Space, the open and modular architectural concept of which was the perfect setting for the theme of the evening.

 

The starting point for the conversation was the transitional style interior design trend, which Dornbracht is examining in the context of the new Vaia fittings’ series. Created for Dornbracht by Sieger Design, Vaia reconciles classical and progressive style elements, explained Brand Director Holger Struck in the prelude to the discussions. Vaia is therefore equally at home in traditional and modern bathroom architectures – as well as those that combine the elements of different style worlds, in keeping with the transitional style. What could a bathroom look like if it takes up the transitional style, and simultaneously expands on it? To answer this question, Dornbracht had commissioned the architects Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri&Hu to each create a suitable environment for Vaia.

 

When asked whether the architects would assign a specific style to their own work, Rossana Hu replied: “We like to think that we have gone beyond having to fit into fixed categories.” Nowadays, architects and designers do not want to restrict themselves to a specific style, although it is possible that the broad spectrum in which they do their work could become an original new style. Lyndon Neri assumes that the cultural background of an individual could at the very least be an unconscious factor linking different styles and cultures. He comes from China, grew up in the Philippines and studied architecture in the USA. Neri argues that he finds the theme of transition interesting as an intermediate state for his architectural work, both in terms of where and when. In their projects, Neri&Hu were often breathing new life into the story, to take it into the future, explained Rossana Hu, drawing on examples such as the New Shanghai Theatre conversion project that was completed last year.

 


 

The idea for the environment for the fittings’ series came in a project that Neri&Hu were already working on: “House for an Introvert, House for an Extrovert”. Dornbracht recreated the bathroom design true to scale: a marble wall with a golden washstand, with two circular mirrors hanging from the ceiling above it, was placed in front of raw concrete. A visualisation showed a pool opposite the ensemble, with an arched concrete ceiling opening upwards to the sky. Lyndon Neri explained the concept by saying that the fictional space embodies a permanent transition between indoors and outdoors, between wet and dry. “There is always some introversion that remains extrovert, and some extroversion introvert.”

 

Given the formal reference of the concrete moulding to the work of Le Corbusier, Marcus Fairs asked whether the pair would be unconsciously following any heroes. It was Lyndon Neri’s opinion that style in general is less interesting than creative concepts. For example, they were impressed by Valerio Olgiati’s spatial qualities and Carlo Scarpa’s details. The designs of Neri&Hu would not consider opinions, but always spatial experiences, as that corresponded to the “traditional architects” in them.

 

Rafael de Cárdenas’ project report for Dornbracht, on the other hand, mentioned that he initially used models to approach the design task. These included the image of a restaurant, designed to seem as familiar as possible to visitors. Cárdenas also brought together elements which he thought “everyone must have seen somewhere or other”. “I don’t live in a vacuum”, explained the New Yorker. He doesn’t have any books at home, just magazines, because he would rather examine a culture through the lens of its time. He got the references for many of his works from the films of the eighties that had influenced him when he was young. On the transitional style theme, he designed a space configuration for Dornbracht that was based on an s-shaped floor plan. Archways littered the architectural design like a leitmotif, and formed the basis for a game with the lines of sight.

 

But what does transitional style actually mean? Has the “ism” age come to an end? Marcus Fairs asked whether perhaps it has only ever been possible to allocate a style in retrospect. This made Lyndon Neri ask whether architecture had really progressed since the start of modernism. After they had visited the works of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, with their obvious references to ancient architecture, the architects had asked themselves how far it really represented something new in their own work. Modernism had never been contemporary, argued Rafael de Cárdenas, which is why it still endured today. Neri, on the other hand, noted that new materials and technologies had made totally new spatial experiences possible in modernism. He thinks that today’s social media and digital technologies give future generations the opportunity to accomplish a new revolution in the same vein.

 

Returning to the present day, Marcus Fairs concluded that culture would lag behind the current technological progress. Rafael de Cárdenas agreed, and said that interior design had still not found an answer to the use of smartphones, but in his view, the question of how the home could also become “smart” was an extremely promising approach to development. “We’ve been talking about smart homes for years, but I don’t know anyone who lives in one”, noted Marcus Fairs, and asked whether this meant that our homes were not yet smart, because we perceived them as a safe retreat from the fast-moving outside world.

 

The question posed by Rossana Hu was “Are trends even important any more?”. They are really just a marketing instrument, and new manufacturing methods make them obsolete. Everyone always used to want the same product. Now you no longer have to be like your neighbour, because products can be custom-made in individual colours and shapes.

 

It was Rafael de Cárdenas’ view, however, that trends and “isms” were still around, but that in the Internet age, they were no longer dictated by the industry, but in fact came “from below”. Young people could become Instagram stars with videos from their garden, brands and magazines would only pick up the trends shown there, instead of setting them themselves. Social networks are a “cacophony of voices”, and are also somewhat daunting, as there is no control.

 


 

“Style is a taboo word”, said Rossana Hu. “We don’t use it when we are talking about design.” Marcus Fairs took up the idea and his suggestion that perhaps we could agree on “voice” instead, because it is a more personal concept, was well-received by the audience. An architect from Milan in the front row provided the concluding comment: “After all, we are talking about how we live, about matters of taste”. Taste evolves from experience. A conclusion that left many questions unanswered and made it clear that further discussion of the previously highlighted difference between trends and movements would indeed be worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

About Dornbracht
Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Iserlohn, is a globally active, family-run manufacturer of high-quality designer fittings and accessories for bathroom/spa and kitchen. The Dornbracht brand claim “Culturing Life” continues the years of discussion and debate about these environments and expands the company’s fundamental design and water expertise: technological innovation to promote connectivity and comfort, and the prevention of ill health through a focus on daily well-being, will increasingly characterise the company’s future brand orientation and product development. Dornbracht is forever designing - and cultivating - life anew. A long-running cultural commitment through the Culture Projects provides Dornbracht with an ongoing source of fresh inspiration, while advancing innovation and technology leadership in bathrooms and kitchens. The intelligent, open Smart Water system makes Dornbracht one of the first to transpose the opportunities and possibilities of digitalisation to these environments. Dornbracht is part of the Dornbracht Group that, along with Alape, brings together two premium bathroom and kitchen suppliers.

 

 

More about Dornbracht online:
dornbracht.com - facebook.de/dornbracht - twitter.com/dornbracht - youtube.com/dornbracht - pinterest.com/dornbracht

 

Dornbracht Press Office:

         Meiré und Meiré, Julia Otschik / Lisa Richter, Lichtstr. 26-28, 50825 Köln,

T. +49(0)221 57770-408 / -512, E-Mail: j.otschik@meireundmeire.de / l.richter@meireundmeire.de

 

Your contact at Dornbracht:

Karen Heese-Brenner / Inga Liesenjohann / Bettina Hornemann / Anke Siebold-Laux, Köbbingser Mühle 6, 58640 Iserlohn, T. +49(0)2371 433-2118 / -2169 /  -2130 / -143. E-Mail: kheese-brenner@dornbracht.de / iliesenjohann@dornbracht.de / b.hornemann@dornbracht.de / anicolai@dornbracht.de / asiebold-laux@dornbracht.de

 


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6-10-2017 
Aquapressure: Dornbracht introduces a new health-enhancing water application
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, health-enhancing water application, massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine,
The essentials at a glance: The new product: Aquapressure / WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets
The special feature: A convenient and time-saving way to use water massages in the comfort of the home / stimulating pressure points and meridians by means of water pressure
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Consulting: Christoph Stumpe
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Available for delivery: from November 2017

Iserlohn, October 2017
The innovative form of water application that Dornbracht is bringing to the bathroom is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It uses the new WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets to massage tense muscles and specifically stimulate acupuncture points and meridians. This application, which Dornbracht calls aquapressure, is inspired by the tried and tested method of acupressure in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a simple and time-saving way to integrate water massage into the daily routine. As part of a health-conscious lifestyle, it can make an important contribution to health and well-being.

Whether Ayurveda, Kneipp therapy or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the element of water always plays an important role in holistic health philosophies. Dornbracht’s awareness of the variety of ways in which water can have a positive impact has always been the starting point for developing innovative water applications.

Electronic system solutions such as Vertical Shower, Comfort Shower, Horizontal Shower, Sensory Sky or FootBath are therefore based on the important insights of Kneipp teachings or hydrotherapy. Dornbracht’s LifeSpa portfolio also includes extra products such as the Kneipp hose (WaterTube) and affusion pipe, which allow therapeutic affusions to be carried out in comfort in the shower or even at the washstand.

With the introduction of aquapressure, Dornbracht takes another step forward in the realm of water treatments. Whereas hydrotherapy according to Kneipp is based primarily on the stimulating effect of temperature changes (hot/cold), aquapressure also makes use of water pressure to improve health and well-being.

What is aquapressure?
Aquapressure takes up the principles of acupressure, a tried and tested method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Whereas in acupressure the stimulus is manual, from fingertips, the ball of the thumb or the elbows, for instance, in aquapressure, this is achieved by the medium of water – with the advantage that with WaterFan and WaterCurve, the application can be carried out independently and effortlessly at home, at any time.

“Intensity of pressure, location, duration and temperature are the basic parameters of TCM that we can
use to influence our life-force energy. The special thing about aquapressure is that all these parameters can be represented simultaneously”, explains Christoph Stumpe, accredited sports scientist and head of the famous Shen Men Institute in Düsseldorf. “The water pressure on the relevant pressure points and meridians, leads to increase in blood circulation in the skin and muscles, especially in combination with warmth. Aquapressure is therefore ideal for easing tenseness – simply while we shower.” Christoph Stumpe has been teaching tai chi, qi gong, meditation and Chinese massage for more than 20 years. As an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he provided the important inspiration for
the development of the new WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets.

WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets
Dornbracht has developed the WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets to enable aquapressure to be used effectively and conveniently in the comfort of the home bathroom. Whereas WaterCurve covers the neck and shoulders, WaterFan provides a massage at thoracic vertebrae height (WaterFan vertical) and in the lumbar vertebrae region (WaterFan horizontal). Their height is adjustable, so the massage jets can be flexibly adapted to the specific height of an individual.

WaterFan and WaterCurve feature a special flow mode: the water fans out into many small particles.
It exerts a deeply massaging effect and is simultaneously soft and gentle on the skin. The pressure of the water can be varied, in keeping with the desired effect. Firm pressure is calming and diverting, moderate pressure is strengthening and activating. Alternating the intensity of the pressure, however, has a balancing effect.

Water massage at the touch of a button
WaterFan and WaterCurve can be used both as analogue and digital solutions. When combined with the Dornbracht Vertical Shower system solution with digital control, there are three pre-set water programs to choose from, which were developed by Dornbracht together with Christoph Stumpe. The scenarios last for five to six minutes and in each one, the pressure and temperature of the water are perfectly coordinated:

Energizing dispenses new life-force energy. It is a powerful water massage that perceptibly revitalises, strengthens and regenerates body and mind. The application helps to ease tenseness and loosen cramped muscles with a combination of warmth and a consistently high pressure intensity. The focus here is on the lumbar and thoracic spine, deeply massaged by means of the WaterFan.

De-Stressing relaxes, calms and helps the mind to let go after a challenging day. As the temperature and pressure of the water gently subside, stress and tension gradually fade away. Both the pressure intensity and the temperature are high at the start of the application, and they quickly increase to the maximum. In this phase, tenseness and knots of tension in the upper back area and neck region are effectively eased. Then the temperature and pressure are reduced to a moderate intensity – the senses are gently calmed, we feel relaxed and clear-headed.

Balancing restores our inner balance. The interplay of powerful and gentle massage flows and varying temperatures harmonises the senses and has a balancing effect on body and psyche. They are brought into a therapeutic balance by a treatment combining activating and calming stimuli. The entire spine is stimulated by using both the massage jets – WaterFan on the lower and upper back and WaterCurve on the neck and shoulders.

More information about aquapressure can be found at:
lifespa.dornbracht.com/en-gb/health/watereffect/aquapressure/



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Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
02_Dornbracht_Aquapressure Whereas in acupressure the stimulus is manual, from fingertips, the ball of the thumb or the elbows,
for instance, in aquapressure, this is achieved by the medium of water. Dornbracht has developed the WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets for use here. They provide a simple and time-saving way to integrate water massage into the daily routine.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
03_Dornbracht_Aquapressure Whereas WaterCurve covers the neck and shoulders, WaterFan provides a massage at thoracic vertebrae height (WaterFan vertical) and in the lumbar vertebrae region (WaterFan horizontal).
Photos: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
04_Dornbracht_Aquapressure WaterFan and WaterCurve feature a special flow mode: The water fans out into many small particles.
It exerts a deeply massaging effect and is simultaneously soft and gentle on the skin.
Photo: Elastique.
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, massage, health-enhancing water application, private spa, merdidians, acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine,
05_Dornbracht_Aquapressure "The water pressure on the relevant pressure points and meridians, leads to an increase in blood circulation in the skin and muscles, especially in combination with warmth. Aquapressure is therefore ideal for easing tenseness – simply while we shower", explains Christoph Stumpe, head of the famous Shen Men Institute and an expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht

Dornbracht, Aquapressure, WaterFan, WaterCurve, Vertical Shower, Water pressure massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Christoph Stumpe, health-enhancing application
06_Dornbracht_Aquapressure The WaterFan and WaterCurve massage jets are the ideal addition to Dornbracht's Vertical Shower.
With digital Smart Tools, there are three pre-set water programs to chose from at the touch of a button: Energizing, De-Stressing and Balancing. The pressure and temperature of the water are always perfectly coordinated.
Photo: Markus Jans
Copyrights: Dornbracht
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Unique versatility: Vaia in the new dark platinum matt finish
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt, Finish, fitting
The essentials at a glance: The new product: Vaia in the dark platinum matt finish
The special feature: The dark, silk matt colour expands the possibilities of individual bathroom design
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Available for delivery: from Q4/2017
Iserlohn, September 2017
Dornbracht’s portfolio of high-quality finishes has a new addition: dark platinum matt. Naturalness and originality radiate from the dark, warm colour, thus extending the range of individual design possibilities in the bathroom. Dark platinum matt’s distinctive, lightly brushed, silk matt finish has an elegant and remarkable feel that sets a sensual tone in the bathroom. The new dark platinum matt finish will be available from November and will initially be exclusive to the Vaia series of fittings.

Dornbracht symbolises outstanding expertise in its finishes – both in terms of quality and variety. The curated selection of finishes that the premium manufacturer provides for all its designer fittings is outstanding in many ways. The special intensity and exceptional depth of Dornbracht finishes settles on the individual development and composition of the colours and the elaborate production.

Top-quality craftsmanship
The velvety finish of the new dark platinum matt is achieved by a special matting process that Dornbracht has developed specifically for the delicate, soft shape of the Vaia design. The fitting is made from the finest brass and every single part of it is hand-crafted in a fixed direction before the surface finish is applied. This ensures that the individual particles of the finish reach into the finest recesses of the brush strokes. This processing sequence, which is specific to Dornbracht and requires supreme technological know-how, is preserving the structure and lends it an exceptional look.

Versatility of design possibilities
Dornbracht regards finishes, along with the design shape, as an additive dimension of product design.
The choice of materials has a significant influence on style and ambience: For instance, the surface characteristics of the fittings in a bathroom can determine whether the interior appears timeless and elegant, cool and modern, or sensual and warm. They can harmoniously accentuate a style, or create a fascinating opposite extreme.

Balancing and grounding: dark platinum matt
These considerations are also incorporated into the development of the new dark platinum matt finish.
Coordinated to the new Vaia series of fittings, which reconciles classical and progressive style elements, dark platinum matt has a harmonising and grounding effect. The warm colour accentuates the soft, balanced design language of the fitting and works as a linking element between the different style worlds.

A remarkable symbiosis of colours and shapes
Based on the designs of the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, Creative Director Mike Meiré has developed a bathroom architecture in which Vaia acts as the linking element between the different style worlds. In keeping with the “transitional style” interior design trend, the setting for Vaia in dark platinum matt is an environment full of contrasts. Surrounded by a seemingly organic, cathedral-like architecture, Vaia appears on a monolithic, solitary washstand made from cubes of different materials such as marble and smoked glass. Its angular form stands in contrast to the design language of the fitting, as well as the curving layout of the architecture. Tiles, one of the oldest structural elements of all, provide a dramatic background for the silk dark platinum matt finish.

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Dornbracht, Dark Platinum matt, Vaia, finish
01_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Dornbracht’s portfolio of high-quality finishes has a new addition: dark platinum matt. Naturalness and originality radiate from the dark, warm colour, thus extending the range of individual design possibilities in the bathroom.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt, finish,
02a_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The dark platinum matt finish will be available from autumn 2017 – and will initially be exclusive to the Vaia series. Its dark, lightly brushed silk matt colour appears warm, soft and grounding and sets a slightly archaic tone in the bathroom.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
02b_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The dark platinum matt finish will be available from autumn 2017 – and will initially be exclusive to the Vaia series. Its dark, lightly brushed silk matt colour appears warm, soft and grounding and sets a slightly archaic tone in the bathroom.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
02c_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The dark platinum matt finish will be available from autumn 2017 – and will initially be exclusive to the Vaia series. Its dark, lightly brushed silk matt colour appears warm, soft and grounding and sets a slightly archaic tone in the bathroom.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
03a_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The velvety finish of the new dark platinum matt is achieved by a special matting process that Dornbracht has developed specifically for the delicate, soft shape of the Vaia design.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
03b_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The velvety finish of the new dark platinum matt is achieved by a special matting process that Dornbracht has developed specifically for the delicate, soft shape of the Vaia design.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
03c_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The velvety finish of the new dark platinum matt is achieved by a special matting process that Dornbracht has developed specifically for the delicate, soft shape of the Vaia design.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
04a_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Based on the designs of the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, Creative Director Mike Meiré has developed a bathroom architecture in which Vaia acts as the linking element between the different style worlds. In keeping with the “transitional style” interior design trend, the setting for Vaia in dark platinum matt is an environment full of contrasts.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
04b_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Based on the designs of the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, Creative Director Mike Meiré has developed a bathroom architecture in which Vaia acts as the linking element between the different style worlds. In keeping with the “transitional style” interior design trend, the setting for Vaia in dark platinum matt is an environment full of contrasts.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
04c_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Based on the designs of the New York architect Rafael de Cárdenas, Creative Director Mike Meiré has developed a bathroom architecture in which Vaia acts as the linking element between the different style worlds. In keeping with the “transitional style” interior design trend, the setting for Vaia in dark platinum matt is an environment full of contrasts.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
05a_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Dark platinum matt’s distinctive, lightly brushed, silk matt finish has an elegant and remarkable feel that sets a sensual tone in the bathroom. Coordinated to the new Vaia series of fittings, which reconciles classical and progressive style elements, dark platinum matt has a harmonising and grounding effect.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
05b_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Dark platinum matt’s distinctive, lightly brushed, silk matt finish has an elegant and remarkable feel that sets a sensual tone in the bathroom. Coordinated to the new Vaia series of fittings, which reconciles classical and progressive style elements, dark platinum matt has a harmonising and grounding effect.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
05c_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Dark platinum matt’s distinctive, lightly brushed, silk matt finish has an elegant and remarkable feel that sets a sensual tone in the bathroom. Coordinated to the new Vaia series of fittings, which reconciles classical and progressive style elements, dark platinum matt has a harmonising and grounding effect.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
06a_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Vaia is also available in the dark platinum matt finish for free-standing assembly as a two-hole bath mixer with integrated hand shower set.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
06b_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt Vaia is also available in the dark platinum matt finish for free-standing assembly as a two-hole bath mixer with integrated hand shower set.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
Dornbracht, Vaia, Dark Platinum matt
08_Dornbracht_Vaia_Dark_Platinum_matt The Vaia series of fittings created by Sieger Design is currently available in polished chrome and platinum matt finishes, and from autumn 2017, will also be available in the new dark platinum matt finish.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Sketch: Sieger Design
Copyrights: Dornbracht
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10-7-2017 
Dornbracht initiates a global social media appeal: #createanewbalance
Dornbracht, Vaia, Transitional Style, #createanewbalance, Neri&Hu, Rafael de Cardenas,
The essentials at a glance: The news: Dornbracht initiates a social media appeal on the subject of transitional style
The subject: Hashtag #createanewbalance
The special feature: Building on the cooperation with Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri&Hu,
Dornbracht is calling for a cross-platform debate on the transitional style interior design trend
Iserlohn, July 2017
“Create a new balance – between traditional elegance and contemporary cool”. This is the premise under which Dornbracht will from now on be inviting creative individuals throughout the world to share their personal view of the transitional style interior design trend. Building on the collaboration with architects Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri&Hu in the context of the new Vaia series of fittings, Dornbracht wants to continue the exchange of views across the disciplines. Using the hashtag #createanewbalance, Dornbracht is calling for individual interpretations of transitional style. This is to get a look at the trend in a way that is as holistic as it is progressive.

What is transitional style?
Transitional style describes a mix of traditional and contemporary elements. Notable for its experimental use of materials, textures, forms and colours, it epitomises a world of style that combines the new and the established and brings the different influences of interior design into balance.

#createanewbalance
Bring new impulse, provide inspiration and encourage the exchange of views between disciplines:
This is the aim of the social media appeal, which sends out an invitation not only to creative individuals from all disciplines – such as architects, interior designers, designers and planners – but also to interested end users. Using the hashtag #createanewbalance, Dornbracht is calling for a discussion of transitional style – in as many ways as possible: be it with moodboards, sketches or renderings, new designs or already existing work. Statements about transitional style are also welcome, to throw light on the subject from a variety of different perspectives.

In this way, Dornbracht is initiating a cross-platform debate. Contributions can be posted on all social media platforms. They should be hashtagged #createanewbalance and include the account tags @dornbracht (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) or @dornbracht_official (Instagram). Starting in mid-July, Dornbracht will be sharing selected contributions on the social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Background: Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri&Hu developed an inspirational environment for Vaia
At the heart of the #createanewbalance campaign is the collaboration with the architects Rafael de Cárdenas (New York) and Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu (Shanghai).

For the new premium designer fitting Vaia, which – in keeping with transitional style – features a classically elegant yet progressive design, they developed moodboards, material collages and bathroom architecture designs in which traditional and contemporary elements are combined in an innovative way.

Supplementary material collages were also created in collaboration with Mike Meiré, Creative Director for Dornbracht. Along with the architects’ designs, these formed the basis of the real bathroom architectures developed by Meiré und Meiré, of which put the spotlight photographically on Vaia.

The bathroom environments produced in this way are the starting point and simultaneously the inspiration for the contributions that will arrive using the hashtag #createanewbalance: individual interpretations of transitional style, which was also the inspiration for Vaia and its soft, balanced design language.

Dornbracht provides insights into the collaboration with Rafael de Cárdenas and Neri&Hu on its own media channels:

facebook.de/dornbracht
instagram.com/dornbracht_official
twitter.com/dornbracht
youtube.com/dornbracht
pinterest.com/dornbracht


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6-7-2017 
Transitional Style: Rafael de Cárdenas en Neri&Hu ontwikkelen een inspirerende omgeving voor de nieuwe mengkranenserie Vaia
#createanewbalance, Vaia, Dornbracht, Neri&Hu, Rafael de Cardenas, Transitional Style
Een beknopt overzicht: De noviteit: geïnspireerd op de Transitional Style designtrend staat de nieuwe
premium mengkranenserie Vaia voor een elegante en tegelijk progressieve vormentaal.
Het project: de ontwikkeling van toepassingsgeoriënteerde ideeën voor architecten, interieurarchitecten en ontwerpers in samenwerking met Rafael de Cárdenas (New York)
en Neri&Hu (Shanghai) Start van de Hashtag-campagne #createanewbalance (Juli 2017)
Creative director: Mike Meiré
Productconcept en -design: Sieger Design
Leverbaar: Vaia chroom en platina mat vanaf K2/2017, Dark Platinum mat vanaf K4/2017
Geïnspireerd op de interior designtrend Transitional Style wordt de premium designkraan Vaia van Dornbracht gekenmerkt door zijn elegant en tegelijk progressief design. In samenwerking met Rafael de Cárdenas en Neri&Hu werden interieurvoorbeelden en materiaalcollages ontwikkeld die dienen als toepassingsgeoriënteerde inspiratie voor badkamers in de Transitional Style – om deze tegelijkertijd progressief door te ontwikkelen. Geheel in lijn met de visie “Create a new balance – between traditional elegance and contemporary cool”.

Vaia: een elegant-progressief design voor een nieuwe iconografie van de moderne tijd.
De uiteenzetting met actuele stromingen in design en architectuur is voor Dornbracht altijd al een belangrijke bron van inspiratie geweest. Ook Vaia is het resultaat van deze studie van de huidige cultuur.
Geïnspireerd op de interior designtrend Transitional Style vertolkt Vaia een zachte, harmonieuze vormentaal: de verfijnde uitloop pakt een klassieke vorm op en vertaalt deze naar een nieuw en open silhouet. De eveneens klassiek aandoende grepen – beschikbaar als kruisgrepen of hendel – verbinden geometrische met zachte contouren. De conische rozetten zorgen voor een bijzonder zachte overgang naar de wastafel. Op die manier past Vaia net zo goed in klassieke en moderne badkamerinterieurs als in badkamers waarin in lijn met de Transitional Style elementen uit verschillende stijlen met elkaar gecombineerd worden.

Inspiratie voor architecten en ontwerpers
De Transitional Style beschrijft in interior design een combinatie van traditionele en hedendaagse elementen: een gezonde balans van vertrouwde en nieuwe dingen die uitnodigend werkt en waarin men zich snel thuis voelt. Dornbracht heeft de architecten Rafael de Cárdenas evenals Lyndon Neri en Rossana Hu van Neri&Hu uitgenodigd de Transitional Style op hun manier te interpreteren en zo een innovatieve kijk op de interior trend mogelijk te maken.

In moodboards, schetsen, materiaalcollages en badkamerontwerpen hebben Cárdenas en Neri&Hu ieder voor zich het thema benaderd. Hun ideeën en inspiraties vormden vervolgens de basis voor de badkamerontwerpen die door bureau Meiré und Meiré werden ontwikkeld.

De op die manier vormgegeven ontwerpen bieden een bron van inspiratie voor zowel architecten, interieurarchitecten en badkamerontwerpers als voor particuliere opdrachtgevers.

#createanewbalance
Hoe ontwerp je een interieur, dat de betekenis „transitional“ verdient? En hoe ontstaat de balans tussen traditionele en moderne citaten met nieuwe, individuele ideeën? Rafael de Cárdenas en Neri&Hu hebben op deze vragen indrukwekkende, innovatieve antwoorden gevonden. Uitgaande van de inspiratiekracht van hun ontwerpen wil Dornbracht nog meer impulsen geven aan interieur-design: onder de hashtag #createanewbalance roept het merk vanaf juli 2017 architecten, interieurarchitecten, designers, ontwerpers van badkamers en geïnteresseerde consumenten op om hun eigen interpretatie te delen van de Transitional Style. Op deze manier biedt Dornbracht een platform voor de creatieve uitwisseling van ideeën tussen deze disciplines en zwengelt de discussie opnieuw aan.

Rafael de Cárdenas
Rafael de Cárdenas' interpretatie van de Transitional Style overtuigt vooral door een ongebruikelijke ruimtelijke vorm. Uit de zachte, gebogen S-vorm van de plattegrond ontstaan kapel-achtige nissen die het ontwerp bijna een sacrale uitstraling geven. De deurbogen die de verschillende zones met elkaar verbinden zetten dit leidmotief consequent voort. En de transparante koepel die het daglicht doorlaat, houdt de architectuur letterlijk open voor het terugkerende ritme van dag en nacht.

Het lichtspel dat hieruit ontstaat is ook in de daaruit afgeleide badkamerarchitectuur zichtbaar, die daarnaast aansluit op verdere centrale elementen van Cárdenas' ontwerp: geplaatst in ronde nissen wordt Vaia op een monolithisch aandoende wastafel in scène gezet, waarin de hoekige vorm in contrast staat met de mengkraan en het interieur. Voor het nieuwe oppervlak van de mengkraan, Dark Platinum mat, een donkere zijdematte kleurnuance die licht geborsteld is, vormt de baksteenstructuur een spannende achtergrond.

Neri&Hu
Lyndon Neri en Rossana Hu van Neri&Hu vatten in hun interpretatie de Transitional Style in de oorspronkelijke, letterlijke betekenis op en ontwerpen de badkamer als een plek waar men tijdelijk verblijft, als een ruimte voor ontspanning en regeneratie. “Wij stelden ons een fictieve plek voor, een huis dat wordt bewoond door twee karakters, een introvert en een extrovert”, aldus Lyndon Neri. “De dagelijkse rituelen in het leven worden gevierd en krijgen de waarde van een ceremonie.”

Vanuit deze conceptionele aanpak kreeg de wastafel in de badkamer een centrale plaats als een plek voor communicatie en ontmoeting. Twee mengkranen, een wandmodel en een staand model, vinden elkaar daar als partners in een dialoog, terwijl de onderbouw van de wastafel de vorm van de kruisgrepen van Vaia oppakt. Het transitorische karakter van het interieur, het spel tussen buiten- en binnenruimte, wordt geaccentueerd door het gebruik van contrasterende vormen en materialen. Marmer staat in tegenstelling met beton, brons en goud staan in contrast met hout, wat weer verwijst naar Aziatische invloeden.

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1a_Dornbracht_Transitional_Style Material collage "Healing effects”, inspired by the architectural designs of Neri&Hu: Vaia in platinum matt is set in natural light in front of marble and concrete, brass and wood. The traditional Asian influences are as perceptible here as the desire to create something new: a balance that seems progressive, yet also healing.
Credit: Dornbracht,
Photographer: Thomas Popinger,
Creative Direction: Mike Meiré
Neri&Hu, Dornbracht, Vaia, Transitional Style
1b_Dornbracht_Transitional_Style Based on the conceptual approaches of Neri&Hu, Vaia in platinum matt is situated as a central and communicational meeting place within the bathroom architecture. Two fittings – one wall-mounted and one free-standing – are positioned there like partners in a dialogue. The transitional nature of the bathroom architecture, the interplay between the exterior and the interior, is emphasised by the use of contrasting forms and materials. Marble meets concrete, bronze and gold contrast with wood.
Credit: Dornbracht,
Photographer: Thomas Popinger,
Creative Direction: Mike Meiré
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2-5-2017 
25 years of Tara: Dornbracht adds the exquisite cyprum finish to the series
25 years of Tara, Dornbracht, Cyprum, fitting
The essentials at a glance: The new product: Dornbracht is giving the iconic design of the Tara fitting an exquisite cyprum finish to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the series
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Iserlohn, May 2017
25 years ago, it revolutionised design in the bathroom and is now regarded as an icon of modern bathroom design. Since its launch in 1992, Dornbracht’s Tara has become a much-copied and multiple award-winning design classic. To mark Tara’s anniversary this year, Dornbracht is launching the fittings series in the exquisite cyprum finish.

Hardly any other fitting has made such a radical and lasting impression on bathroom design as Tara. With its minimalist design, characteristic cross-handles and slender, semi-circular spout, it was nothing like the trend at the start of the nineties. But despite – or actually because – of its progressive design language, it did not take Tara long to became a design icon. A mere ten years after its market launch, a book dedicated to its success story was published: “Tara. Homage to a Bathroom Fitting and an Archetype”.

And Dornbracht has consistently updated this story ever since. In 2008, the Tara design was subtly revised – fully in keeping with the guiding principle of “you don’t change a classic, you refine it”. A reduction in the diameter of the handles and rosettes and minimal lengthening of the body of the fitting have now given Tara a more slender, more upright and more delicate look. The contours of all Tara fittings have been sharpened overall, to make the perfect geometry and symmetry of the clear design language even more apparent.

“Tara is the perfect embodiment of the Dornbracht design principles of Proportion, Precision, Progressiveness, Personality and Performance”, says Managing Partner Andreas Dornbracht. These so-called 5 Ps form the basis of a lasting aesthetic quality that is guided not by prevailing taste, but by universal design principles. “Although launched 25 years ago, Tara has lost nothing of its contemporary relevance and it is still the epitome of avant-garde in the bathroom.”

The distinguishing features of a classic such as Tara are its universality and the fact that it is equally at home in many different contexts. Both the clear design language and the great variety of finishes play a part in this. As with all the Dornbracht series, numerous variants are available: from chrome, platinum and champagne, to brass and gold, in different matt and polished versions. It is this great variety that allows Tara to match the tone of a bathroom architecture, or even create a distinctive contrast. Whether classic or progressive – it always looks relevant and contemporary. Tara opens up numerous options for personalising bathroom design and also provides a response to the megatrend of individualisation.
Tara in cyprum is further proof of the versatility of Dornbracht’s iconic fittings series. The sheen of the rose-gold finish of 18-carat gold and copper is particularly fine, and radiates warmth and elegance.

Tara is available in numerous versions for basin, bath, shower and bidet, and also as a kitchen fitting. All variants are available with levers, as well as the classic cross-handles. A perfectly matched range of accessories rounds off the series.


About Dornbracht
Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Iserlohn, is a globally active family-run manufacturer of high-quality fittings and accessories for bathrooms and kitchens. Highly qualified employees and the most modern production technologies guarantee the highest manufacturing quality. With 'Culturing Life' as its brand claim, Dornbracht continually broadens its foundations of competence in the areas of design and water. Technological innovation to promote connectivity and convenience, and the prevention of ill health through a focus on daily well-being, increasingly characterise the Company's brand orientation and product developments of the future. This is how Dornbracht forever designs – and cultivates – life anew. A long-running cultural commitment through its Culture Projects provides Dornbracht with an ongoing source of fresh inspirations while advancing innovation and technology leadership in the bathroom and kitchen habitats. Dornbracht is part of the Dornbracht Group that, together with Alape, brings together two premium providers for the bathroom and the kitchen.

More about Dornbracht online:
dornbracht.com - facebook.de/dornbracht - twitter.com/dornbracht - youtube.com/dornbracht - pinterest.com/dornbracht


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Tara, Cyprum, Dornbracht, 25 years of Tara
01_Dornbracht_Tara.jpg Its characteristic design language has made Tara an icon of modern bathroom design. It is still one of the
most-copied fittings in the world – but it is the fine distinctions that make the original so distinctive: its
harmoniously balanced proportions, its precise workmanship that is accurate in every detail and the
perfection of its technology and function. Here to be seen in the exquisite cyprum finish.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
25 years Tara, variety of finishes, Dornbracht
02_Dornbracht_Tara To celebrate Tara’s 25th anniversary, Dornbracht is adding the exquisite cyprum version to the series.
The sheen of the rose-gold finish made from 18-carat gold and copper is particularly fine.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
Tara, 25 years, Dornbracht
03_Dornbracht_Tara Thanks to the great variety of finishes, Tara provides ample opportunity to individualise your bathroom design.
In polished Chrome.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
Tara, 25 years, Dornbracht, classic
04_Dornbracht_Tara Thanks to the great variety of finishes, Tara provides ample opportunity to individualise your bathroom design.
In platinum.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
Tara, 25 years, Dornbracht
05_Dornbracht_Tara Thanks to the great variety of finishes, Tara provides ample opportunity to individualise your bathroom design.
In platinum matt.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
06_Dornbracht_Tara Thanks to the great variety of finishes, Tara provides ample opportunity to individualise your bathroom design.
Here in matt black.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
Tara, matt black, Interior, bathroom, Dornbracht
07_Dornbracht_Tara Maximum contrast – and a deliberate homage to the Bauhaus: Tara in matt black, given a classic setting in
a bathroom where white dominates.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
08_Dornbracht_Tara
The archetypal fitting. Tara in polished chrome.
Product concept and design: Sieger Design
Creative direction: Mike Meiré
Photos: Thomas Popinger
Copyright: Dornbracht
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11-8-2016 
Aigai Spa - Een Spa-Oase midden in São Paulo
Dornbracht Aigai Spa Sao Paulo
Het belangrijkste in het kort: Project: Aigai Spa
Type project: Spa
Plaats: São Paulo, Brazilië
Architect: Mario Figueroa
Projectontwikkelaar: Seagrass (Fernanda Pinazo)
Design-Team: Letícia Tamisari, Marcus Vinícius Damon, Ana Montag, Carlos Garcia, João Paulo Payar,
Rafael Brych, Riccardo Buso, Tânia Alegria, Alexandre Tilielli, Antônio Coutinho
Interior Design: Fernanda Pinazo, Mario Figueroa, AYA 360, Letícia Tamisari, Marcus Vinícius Damon
Oppervlakte: 1200 m2
Dornbracht Producten: Horizontal Shower, Vertical Shower, Rain Sky E, DEQUE (zwart+ chroom), Lulu (chroom), Supernova (chroom), Meta.02 (chroom), Elemental Spa, Gentle (chroom), Water Modules (Water Fall/Water Tube in chroom)
Alape: Wasplaatsen
Opening: Juni 2015
Iserlohn, augustus 2016
De Aigai Spa in São Paulo biedt een onvergetelijke Spa belevenis te midden van een fascinerende architectuur, die modern en tegelijk dicht bij de natuur is. In het middelpunt staat het element water, dat door watertoepassingen en kranen van Dornbracht in al zijn facetten wordt ervaren.

De Aigai Spa in São Paulo is een Oase van rust midden in de  Braziliaanse metropool. De twee verdiepingen tellende architectuur van de High-end-Spa biedt enerzijds een helder scheiding tot de luidruchtige en drukke stad, anderzijds opent ze zich naar de hemel, zon en wind. Centraal element van het bouwwerk zijn de twaalf individueel ontworpen patio’s.  Met royaal beplante tuinen, comfortabele relaxzones en iriserende pools beloven deze aangename binnenhofjes pure ontspanning.

Schaduwen ontstaan door de mashrabiya roosters die zijn aangebracht op de gevels als schuifdaken,
deze kunnen worden uitgeschoven en teruggetrokken om zo een sfeervol spel van licht
en schaduw en creëren. Als een hommage aan de traditionele Arabische architectuur staan deze in contrast
met het ruwe beton, dat de Architect Mario Figueroa overwegend voor dit gebouw heeft toegepast.
Weldadige massages, baden en behandelingen worden in de totaal zeven behandelingsruimten van de Aigai Spas aangeboden. Heel bijzonder zijn de douchetoepassingen van Dornbracht, welke de weldadige werking van water op verschillende wijzen laten ervaren.

Stress wegspoelen met Horizontal Shower
Horizontal Shower komt tegemoet aan het verlangen naar een natuurlijke waterbelevenis. Zes waterbars zijn in een royaal douchevlak boven de verwarmde ligbank geïntegreerd. Liggend op buik of rug kunnen de gasten van de Aigai Spa in volledige ontspanning genieten van de perfect op elkaar afgestemde choreografieën uit watertemperatuur en -hoeveelheid. Zo verwent bijvoorbeeld het  scenario „Balancing“ lichaam en geest met een weldadige watermassage, „Energizing“ geeft door continue temperatuurwisseling en een spel van zware en lichte regenbuien, stress en spanning worden tijdens „De-Stressing“ verminderd door gelijkmatige regendruppels en een langzame opwarming van het water.

Welzijn voor lichaam, geest en ziel: Vertical Shower
Ook de douchetoepassing Vertical Shower  van Dornbracht is onderdeel van het exclusieve aanbod in de Aigai Spa. Ze combineert speciale wateruitlaten met verschillende straalsoorten: Just Rain omhult het lichaam met grote, parelende druppels, terwijl een heldere, brede watervalstraal uit Water Sheet op de schouders valt en de spieren ontspant. Gelijktijdig wordt de rug met twee water bars gestimuleerd. Net als bij de Horizontal Shower kan voor een perfecte waterbelevenis tussen drie verschillende Choreografieën worden gekozen – „Balancing“, „Energizing“ en „De-Stressing“.

RainSky E: douchen als onder de blote hemel
Passend bij het met de natuur verbonden concept biedt de regendouche RainSky E van Dornbracht een waterervaring alsof je onder de blote hemel staat. Als hoofddouche, lichaamsdouche en regengordijn valt het water soms als een verkwikkende en krachtige regenbui, dan weer ontspannende als bij een zachte motregen, of omhullend zoals bij een waterval.  

Exclusieve Spa-sfeer met kranen en accessoires van Dornbracht
Niet alleen bij de douchetoepassingen maar ook in de totale inrichting van deze exclusieve spa kozen architect en interieurarchitect voor producten van Dornbracht: Daartoe behoren de serie Deque, die met een vlakke, brede uitloop een watervalachtige, natuurlijke waterstroom biedt. De speelse en tegelijk strakke vorm van Lulu, past harmonieus in de ambiance van Aigai Spa. De serie Elemental Spa, met zijn verschillende kranen die doen denken aan een bron. Gentle, de sculpturale Supernova, de minimalistische Meta.02 – ze geven allemaal de verschillende ruimtes en zones van de exclusieve wellness-oase een eigen gezicht en onderstrepen hun bijzondere sfeer. Daarnaast zijn ook de onderdelen uit de serie Water Modules toegepast, zoals de watervaluitloop Water Fall en de gietbuis Water Tube die een verfrissende begieting volgens Kneipp mogelijk maakt.


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Een toevluchtsoord van stilte in São Paulo, Brazilië: De Aigai Spa werd door architect Mario Figueroa ontworpen als fascinerend samenspel tussen natuur en architectuur.
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02a_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo Marokkaans ogende Maschrabiyya-roosters die aan de gevel zijn aangebracht als in- en uittrekbare schuifdaken, bieden schaduw en geven de rustruimtes in de spa een unieke lichtinval.
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02b_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo Marokkaans ogende Maschrabiyya-roosters die aan de gevel zijn aangebracht als in- en uittrekbare schuifdaken, bieden schaduw en geven de rustruimtes in de spa een unieke lichtinval.
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Met Dornbracht Horizontal Shower kunnen de gasten van de Aigai Spa liggend genieten van een weldadige watermassage.
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Met Dornbracht Horizontal Shower kunnen de gasten van de Aigai Spa liggend genieten van een weldadige watermassage.
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Dornbracht Aigai Spa Sao Paulo
04_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo Vertical Shower combineert verschillende water uitlaatpunten en straalsoorten: de heldere, brede watervalstraal uit de Water Sheet ontspant de schouderspieren, waarbij de rug door een krachtige straal uit twee Water Bars wordt gestimuleerd.
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05_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo Als een verfrissende regenbui druppelt het water uit de regendouche RainSky E op het lichaam. Door het glazen dak van de Aigai Spa is de hemel daarbij niet alleen voel-, maar ook zichtbaar.
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06a_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo De Dornbracht kraan Deque wordt in de Aigai Spa in chroom en zwart toegepast. Ze wordt gekenmerkt door de vlakke, brede uitloop die de focus legt op het wezenlijke: het stromen van het water. Wasbakken van Alape onderstrepen de minimalistische vormgeving van de badkamers.
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Dornbracht Aigai Spa Sao Paulo
06b_Dornbracht_Aigai Spa_Sao Paulo De Dornbracht kraan Deque wordt in de Aigai Spa in chroom en zwart toegepast. Ze wordt gekenmerkt door de vlakke, brede uitloop die de focus legt op het wezenlijke: het stromen van het water. Wasbakken van Alape onderstrepen de minimalistische vormgeving van de badkamers.
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Met zijn zinnelijke vormen is de kranenserie Lulu van Dornbracht zacht en rechtlijnig tegelijk – een harmonieuze aanvulling op de architectuur van de Aigai Spa, die ook strakke lijnen en organische vormen met elkaar verbindt.
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24-5-2016 
„Public Intimacy“ revisited: Dornbracht fördert Kunstprojekt von Shawn Maximo im Rahmen der 9. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst
Dornbracht, Berlin Biennale, 2016, Shawn Maximo
The essentials at a glance: The topic: Dornbracht sponsors a project by the artist Shawn Maximo at the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
The project: A toilet room setting staged at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin
The special feature: The private sphere becomes a public information centre
Timeframe: 9th Berlin Biennale (4 June - 18 September 2016)
Iserlohn, June 2016
At the 9th Berlin Biennale in Summer 2016, premium fittings manufacturer Dornbracht is sponsoring a work of the artist and architect Shawn Maximo. He is constructing a unisex toilet room on the premises of KW Institute for Contemporary Art that blurs the boundaries between the private and the public sphere.

Shawn Maximo constructs the intimate place as an information centre, as a hybrid between an interior and exterior environment, a private and public zone. Instead of undisturbed privacy, the law of participation and information distribution prevails here. The bathroom is wrested from the protocols of private relief and perfunctory action to explore a more networked and casual experience. Large-format photographs of hyperreal worlds on the walls and ceiling suggest the opening-up of the space, while a large digital tablet connects with the outside world to present Berlin Biennale content. Instead of a conventional toilet, there is a squat toilet that Shawn Maximo has placed in the centre of the space to activate ‘the hub’.

The theme of conflict between intimacy and the public sphere presented here has long been a preoccupation of the fittings manufacturer Dornbracht, in its Culture Projects. It was, for example, the subject of the Dornbracht-sponsored exhibition "One on One", on view at KW in Berlin in 2012. Visitors to this exhibition were given a rather special kind of art experience. Individual, self-contained spaces were set up with works of art specifically conceived for the exhibition and only one visitor at a time was allowed in. An intimate and confrontational encounter with the work of art, instead of the collective and public perception. Following up on this, the fourth edition of Dornbracht Conversations entitled "Public Intimacy" expounded on the loss and re-positioning of privacy.

Finally, this theme was taken up by the installation The Island (KEN), which DIS, the New York artist collective – and the curatorial team of this year's Berlin Biennale – produced in collaboration with Dornbracht and Mike Meiré as co-designers. A hybrid product that interconnects the usually separate environments of the (social) kitchen and the (private) bathroom, thus challenging the learned patterns of logic and application. The Island (KEN) was seen for the first time in 2015, at the Triennale in the New Museum in New York, and then in the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris as part of the "CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist" exhibition.

Dornbracht's sponsorship of the Shawn Maximo project allows the company to take another look at this issue. This view of the relationship between the public and the private sphere takes particular note of the increase in digitalisation – an aspect that is especially relevant for Dornbracht. As a pioneer in the industry, the company is decisively promoting digitalisation in the kitchen and bathroom environments. Dornbracht's many years of debate and discussion with art and culture constantly provide new impetus. The company has been sponsoring selected exhibitions and culture projects since 1996. Its continuous exchange of ideas with independent artists, musicians, architects and designers, has given the company an innovative view of the bathroom and kitchen environments, and decisively shaped the idea of a bathroom culture – an aspiration that also finds expression in the current brand claim "Culturing Life".


About Shawn Maximo
The forms of expression used by artist and architect Shawn Maximo range from sculpture, to digital media and design. His works have been published in the New York Times, Zeit Magazin, the architecture magazine "PIN-UP", and Interview Magazine, and have been on view at various exhibitions – including in the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Swiss Institute, MoMA PS1, and the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

More about Shawn Maximo on the Internet:
www.shawnmaximo.com
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20-4-2016 
Cosmopolitan: Luxury apartments in Warsaw
Dornbracht, Reference, Cosmopolitan, Warschau, IMO
The essentials at a glance: Project: Cosmopolitan
Type of project: Luxury apartment buildings
Location: Warsaw (Poland)
Architect: Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn
Interior Design: de novo – Magdalena Dusínska and Magda Jeziorowska
Investor: Tacit Development
Rooms: 236 apartments
Dornbracht products: IMO
Opening: June 2014

Iserlohn/Warsaw, April 2016
At 44 storeys and 160 metres high, the Cosmopolitan luxury apartment skyscraper is the second-tallest building in Warsaw. The internationally renowned architect Helmut Jahn is responsible for the imposing building, the first project he has accomplished in Poland. Timeless design and lasting quality were prevalent in every detail of the furnishing of all 236 luxury apartments (each 52–500 square metres in size), a total which also includes four penthouses. With this in mind, Dornbracht's versatile IMO designer fitting seemed an obvious choice.

Situated right in the centre of Warsaw, the Cosmopolitan is directly between Emilia Plater Street and Twarda Street, the two main traffic arteries of the city. With floor-to-ceiling windows in every room in the tower, unique views can be enjoyed over the city in every direction, including the Palace of Culture and Science and the business district, the Saxon Garden and the Old Town. The bay windows projecting beyond the surface of the building are a special architectural feature, creating an exceptionally wide panoramic view. There are shops and restaurants on the lower floors of the Cosmopolitan, a great attraction for residents and tourists alike.

Living in style in Warsaw
The interior design of the apartments was the brainchild of the Warsaw de novo design studio of Magdalena Dusínska and Magda Jeziorowska. Quality was also a priority in the timeless and modern design of the furnishings. Only the best brands were good enough to provide the materials for everything from furniture to electronics. Intelligent home automation control by means of smartphone or tablet makes these luxury apartments even more special.  

Individual bathroom design with Dornbracht IMO
The Italian marble on the walls and floors creates an ambience of pure luxury and bears witness to exceptional quality. This is also evident in the choice of fittings and shower sets; here the interior designers decided to use Dornbracht IMO. Thanks to its modern design and universal design language that combines a round body with a right-angled lever and spout, the series fits harmoniously into every bathroom. As its name suggests, IMO (short for "In My Opinion") places the emphasis firmly on the individual user's view of life. It is as if the series were made for the Cosmopolitan, which is home to the various inhabitants of the multi-cultural city of Warsaw. The IMO single-lever basin mixer and the matching complete shower set in brightly polished chrome were used for the bathrooms; the full product programme for the series has many different variants for washbasin, shower, bath and bidet.


IMO is available in polished chrome and platinum matt versions. Their characteristic shine and exceptional depth of colour are proof of outstanding product quality. Like all Dornbracht fittings, 100% of IMO is produced in Germany. The manufacturer of premium fittings is thus able to maintain a consistently high standard and precise manufacturing quality, Made in Germany.

Address:
Ul. Twarda 4 – 00–105 Warsaw, Poland

About Dornbracht
Iserlohn-based Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH & Co. KG is an international, family-run manufacturer of high-quality designer fittings and accessories for bathrooms and kitchens. Highly-qualified employees and state-of-the-art production technologies guarantee top-level manufacturing quality. The brand claim of "Culturing Life" expands the company's fundamental design and water expertise: technological advance in the sense of connectivity and comfort and prevention in the sense of health and wellbeing are more noticeably influencing future brand alignment and product development. Dornbracht keeps finding new ways to design - cultivate - life. For years, Dornbracht's cultural commitment to the Culture Projects has continually provided new impetus and encouraged the use of leading innovation and technology in bathrooms and kitchens.

With the intelligent, open Smart Water system, Dornbracht is one of the first to transfer the opportunities and possibilities of digitalisation to these environments. Dornbracht is part of the Dornbracht Group, along with Alape, in a union of two premium bathroom and kitchen suppliers.

More about Dornbracht on the Internet:
dornbracht.com - facebook.de/dornbracht - twitter.com/dornbracht - youtube.com/dornbracht


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01_Dornbracht_Cosmopolitan_Warschau.jpg Met een hoogte van 160 meter en 44 verdiepingen is het Cosmopolitan, dat 236 stijlvol ingerichte luxe appartementen herbergt, het op één na hoogste gebouw in de Poolse hoofdstad.

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Dornbracht, Cosmopolitan, Referenz, Warschau, IMO
02a_Dornbracht_Cosmopolitan_Warschau As in all the residential areas of the Cosmopolitan, exceptional design and the very highest quality were also paramount in the bathrooms. The Italian marble on the walls and floors bears witness to this, as does the choice of fittings: sitting proudly on the washbasins are single-lever mixers from Dornbracht's IMO series.
Dornbracht, Cosmopolitan, Referenz, Warschau, IMO
02b_Dornbracht_Cosmopolitan_Warschau As in all the residential areas of the Cosmopolitan, exceptional design and the very highest quality were also paramount in the bathrooms. The Italian marble on the walls and floors bears witness to this, as does the choice of fittings: sitting proudly on the washbasins are single-lever mixers from Dornbracht's IMO series.
03_Dornbracht_Cosmopolitan_Warschau IMO combineert een ronde kraanbody met een rechthoekige greep en uitloop, en dankzij de universele vormentaal past deze op harmonieuze wijze in verschillende stijlen.

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Cosmopolitan, Referenz, Warschau, IMO
04_Dornbracht_Cosmopolitan_Warschau.jpg The shower sets also come from Dornbracht's IMO series, a satisfyingly clear, timeless design that impresses with its high-quality workmanship and materials.

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