Nicola Leonardi - How did the collaboration between Duravit and Philippe Starck come about? Whose idea was it and who made the first move? And what was Starck’s initial reaction to designing sanitary ware?
Franz Kook, Duravit President - We first made a list of several well know designers to sound out. When we contacted Philippe Starck he was immediately enthusiastic about the idea of designing bathroom elements. He even gave us permission to involve other partners in order to create an overall bathroom project.
N.L. - Was Starck allowed complete freedom or did you set a framework for his design project? If so, did Starck respect these constraints?
F.K. - We of course had an initial briefing with Starck. That didn’t prevent him from submitting his own ideas, however. That started a long, complicated discussion during which the project was nearly abandoned on several...