Best of Bath

Di­rec­tor of Dorn­bracht SEA Ricky Schulze opens up on a few things she knows best: from bath­room de­signs and trends to Dorn­bracht’s much an­tic­i­pated, lat­est of­fer­ings

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To start this off could you tell us more about Dorn­bracht’s lat­est of­fer­ings?

At ISH Fair in Frank­furt re­cently, Dorn­bracht launched a new col­lec­tion that is ele­gant and slen­der called Vaia. With the help of Sieger De­sign, our de­signer for more than 25 years, we played be­tween clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary trends to in­tro­duce a tran­si­tional style. In ad­di­tion to that, we have in­te­grated ad­di­tional fea­tures into our spa prod­ucts. With more and more end users wish­ing to bring the pro­fes­sional spa ex­pe­ri­ence into their own bath­room, we are con­tin­u­ously look­ing into a more holis­tic up­date. This year we fo­cus on jets with aqua pres­sure wa­ter ef­fects which are unique in the in­dus­try. Our new wa­ter fan and wa­ter curve jets can be added to any shower set, in­clud­ing the vertical shower launched in 2010.

What is it that makes Dorn­bracht unique in com­par­i­son to its peers?

It is our com­mit­ment to de­sign. To us, de­sign ex­cel­lence comes first be­fore any other prod­uct re­quire­ment. And there is no com­pro­mise be­tween de­sign and pro­duc­tion and ev­ery Dorn­bracht col­lec­tion will have its own recog­nis­able traits. Of course, good de­sign has to be ac­com­pa­nied by qual­ity as well as prod­uct per­for­mance. Be­ing one of the few fam­ily-owned and -man­aged com­pa­nies in the global san­i­tary in­dus­try with its en­tire pro­duc­tion based in Ger­many, Dorn­bracht is metic­u­lous to ful­fil the high­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion in ev­ery as­pect, from de­sign de­vel­op­ment, to en­gi­neer­ing, ma­te­rial sourc­ing, pro­duc­tion plus pack­ing and ship­ment.

What are the cur­rent trends or de­mands in the SEA mar­ket in terms of bath­room prod­ucts?

The re­cent trend is not so much about a sin­gle shape of the faucet, but a lot more to do with fin­ishes. The de­mands for fin­ish­ing is head­ing to­wards colours that come from na­ture: cop­per, rose gold, brass, gen­tle gold and an­thracite, as well as matt and brushed tex­tures which are very pop­u­lar now. Dorn­bracht has long fore­seen the trend. In fact four years ago, we were the first in the mar­ket to launch a rose gold fin­ish called Cyprum, which is achieved with 18-karat gold elec­tro­plated with 25 per cent cop­per. As for brushed sur­faces, we of­fer a plat­inum matt that is es­pe­cially ideal for kitchen mix­ers as it matches the steel sinks per­fectly. With the Vaia Se­ries we added dark plat­inum matt. It will be made avail­able in SEA start­ing from the end of 2017 on­wards.

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