The Cosentino Group has the pleasure to announce that DeKauri Bath Credenza, the latest piece designed in collaboration with architect and designer Daniel Germani, created with Dekton by Cosentino ultra-compact surfaces and crafted by Italian furniture manufacturer Riva 1920 with 50,000-year old Kauri wood, has been distinguished with the Winner Award in the “Bath and Wellness” category at the German Design Awards 2019.
The German Design Awards are the international premier prize awarded by the German Design Council. Its goal is to discover, present and honour unique trends in design. Every year, high-calibre entries in the fields of product and communication design are honoured, each of which blazes new trails in the international design landscape. Since they were launched in 2012, the German Design Awards have grown significantly: back then, 1.500 entries were presented to the jury – this year there were more than 5,400.
DeKauri, a freestanding enclosed bathroom vanity crafted from 50,000-year-old Kauri wood exclusive to Riva 1920, takes inspiration from the traditional Italian credenza and brings its beauty and functionality into the bathing space. “When it comes to the kitchen there are ingenious, innovative design solutions to hide and store everything but that’s not always the case in the bathroom. I realized bathroom storage has at its core remained the same.” Germani says. That sparked the concept for a freestanding piece of furniture to house and conceal both the sink and storage. “DeKauri transforms incredibly utilitarian parts of the bath into something incredibly beautiful. It helps take away the feeling of being into a bathroom. I could very easily see this in a master suite, a power room, or even in an open-concept bedroom where the sleeping space and bath flow into one another.”
With a washbasin crafted from Dekton® by Cosentino and Kauri wood used for the credenza, Germani’s use of materials pays homage to the resilience of Mother Nature: the technology behind Dekton® captures the beauty of natural stone with unparalleled durability, and the Kauri wood – excavated from New Zealand where it has been buried under mud and water for thousands of years—adds a truly exotic feel to the piece. “DeKauri is a modern day heirloom.” Germani says. “Its timeless appeal and impeccable construction will last generations.”
Since its launch in 2013, Dekton® has since transformed the world of surfacing by offering superior design and performance and low maintenance. Due to its technical properties, the material offers exceptional strength; high resistance to impact, scratches and stains; very low water absorption; UV resistance; and resistance to thermal shock against extremely high temperatures. These unique characteristics permit Dekton® to be used in multiple interior and exterior applications. Similarly to Cosentino, Riva 1920 is rooted in a family heritage, committed to producing pieces that last generations by combining cutting-edge technology with attention to detail to create something unique and timeless.