“By definition, KEN means ‘spiritual horizon’. I just thought it was a perfect fit for this hybrid unit. It pushes our thinking, opens the mind and questions our expectations of structures and everyday objects”

Mike Meiré

Background

It is the company's extraordinary involvement in cultural discourse as well as its premium standard of aesthetics and quality which motivated the New York based artist collective DIS to approach Dornbracht with the idea of a joint project designed especially for the renowned New Museum Triennial. In collaboration with creative director and designer Mike Meiré, who has accompanied the brand for over 20 years now and served as curator and contributor to the Dornbracht Culture Projects, they developed The Island (KEN). This hybrid product unites the (social) kitchen and the (private) bathroom, raising new questions regarding logic and application. The precision and high-end finishing of the work provides the new "product" with a seriousness, which inevitably results in a confusion of the observers’ viewing habits. As a central piece, The Island (KEN) features Dornbracht Horizontal shower with an integrated drinking station. Horizontal Shower is an innovative application that for the first time provides a reclining shower experience. It combines six water bars set above a reclining space. A control element allows the user to select one of the three water choreographies - balancing, energizing or de-stressing. The complementary part of the installation consists of a kitchen unit including a sink, an induction field and the Dornbracht fitting Lot with a digital Smart Water control element and a foot sensor. Sculptural in its appearance, with an ultra-flat one-piece spout, Lot is a highly architectonic fitting that perfectly complements the installation's minimalistic ambiance. The Island (KEN) embodies a perfect symbiosis of design and art. Merging both disciplines reveals the aesthetic and atmospheric power of the Dornbracht products, placing them in an entirely different setting. The result is a new space that bursts the boundaries of conventional functional rooms and allows the viewer to see the (Dornbracht) world in a new way. The Island (KEN ) was exhibited at the New Museum in New York during the 2015 Triennial.

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