Designer    Launch 14 Feb 2018
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Daniel Germani, Riva 1920 and Dekton collaborate to create the old-yet-new DeKauri bathroom unit

Crafted from ultra-compact Dekton and 50,000-year-old Kauri wood from New Zealand – the most ancient wood on earth – the DeKauri unit presents a beautiful balance of old and new. This is the fifth time Daniel Germani has partnered with Dekton, and the second time the designer has done so in collaboration with Riva 1920, also. The unique credenza was unveiled to the public at KBIS 2018 and was awarded Silver in the ‘Best of Bath’ category of the ‘Best of KBIS 2018’ awards.

DeKauri, a freestanding enclosed bathroom vanity crafted from ancient Kauri wood exclusive to Riva 1920, takes inspiration from the traditional Italian credenza and brings beauty and functionality into the bathing space. Daniel Germani was inspired to conceive the concept for a freestanding piece of furniture, to house and conceal both the sink and storage, after realising there was a lack of stylish solutions for the bathroom.

“When it comes to the kitchen there are ingenious, innovative design solutions to hide and store everything,” Germani said. “But that’s not always the case in the bathroom. I realised bathroom storage has at its core remained the same. DeKauri transforms incredibly utilitarian parts of the bath into something incredibly beautiful. It helps take away the feeling of being in a bathroom. I could very easily see this in a master suite, a powder 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 said, “Its timeless appeal and impeccable construction will last generations.” A tap from Fantani Rubinetti and lighting from Juniper Design complete the look. As an alternative, DeKauri can also be constructed from inlays of Walnut, Wenge and Cedar.

DeKauri marks the fifth piece that Germani has designed in collaboration with Dekton by Cosentino, and the second with both Dekton and Riva 1920. Following its debut at KBIS, DeKauri will be exhibiting at the International Bathroom Exhibition, on the Cosentino stand (Pavillion 22, stand G32/G36) held in Milan, Italy.

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