All photos and renderings: courtesy Duravit
Duravit has selected the winners in its third annual Designer Dream Bath competition. In the Unbuilt project category, the winner was Mark Mangapora of Fenton, Mich. Houston-based firm Intexure Architects was the winner in the Built project category (image above). Honorable Mentions went to District 2 Design and StudioTJOA, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for Unbuilt. Boston-based Studio Habeas Corpus and Studio Robert Jamieson, of Wayne, Pa., received Honorable Mentions for Built.
The Unbuilt category tasked designers with reimagining their own bathroom using Duravit’s latest collection launches: Cape Cod, ME by Starck, and L-Cube. Designers submitted photos of their current spaces and renderings that illustrated how they would incorporate Duravit products.
Regarding the Unbuilt category winner, Mark Mangapora, Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder says, “Mark put in an immense amount of thought into his submission. He applied all three Duravit collections in creative ways to solve the design problem his bathroom presented, and integrated texture and light to add warmth to the space.”
Mangapora’s design shifts the layout of the bathroom to create newly usable spaces. A tub and shower tray by ME by Starck creates a wet-room zone, while elegant Cape Cod washbasins on top of sleek L-Cube furniture in Mediterranean Oak complement the space with modern lines. Tall L-Cube cabinets are also used to provide additional storage space.
In the Built category, designers were asked to submit a project that highlighted Duravit. Built category winner Intexure made a splash by entering a home in which all the bathrooms featured a range of Duravit collections and products, including Darling New, SensoWash C, Ketho, Delos, and OpenSpace. In addition, the Intexure team used Duravit furniture in other spaces, such as closets adjoining the bathrooms, to create a consistently clean aesthetic.
“Intexure used Duravit products in ways we’ve never seen before,” says Schroeder. “Their outside-the-box thinking uses Duravit to enhance their home’s modern look, all while creating usable and timeless bathrooms that work with their family’s lifestyle.”
In the Unbuilt category, Honorable Mentions went to District 2 Design, which used their Long Beach, Calif., location to create a relaxing, ocean-inspired bath. StudioTJOA drew inspiration from their Erie, Colo., home by implementing rich dark woods throughout the space. In the Built category, Studio Habeas Corpus, which submitted a whimsical bathroom tight on space but big on design, and Studio Robert Jamieson, featuring a statement-making vanity, received Honorable Mentions.
Mangapora and Intexure will receive the Duravit products used in their projects up to a value of $10,000, and professional photography after the project is complete.
Judges this year included Sheila Kim of Architizer; Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine; Linda Lentz of Architectural Record; and Sophia Chan of VOA Associates in Chicago.
Unbuilt Winner—Mark Mangapora
Mark Mangapora’s reimagining of this bathroom (bottom) made him the winner in the Unbuilt project category (renderings, top). Mangapora incorporated three Duravit collections to create a wet-room zone and ample storage.
Houston-based design firm Intexure won the Built category for using Duravit products in all the bathrooms of a single home.