Cosentino, the global leader in production and architectural surfaces, and Italian furniture manufacturer Riva 1920 together introduce DeKauri, the latest piece designed in collaboration with renowned architect and designer Daniel Germani that has debuted at the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, FL, January 9-11. DeKauri has been honored with Silver at Best of KBIS 2018 Awards for Best of Bath.
Crafted from ultra-compact Dekton and 50,000-year-old Kauri wood from New Zealand, the most ancient wood on earch meets the ultiamte compact surface.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,” Germani says. “But that’s not always the case in the bathroom. I realized bathroom storage has at its core remained the same.” 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 in 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 (above), 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.” A faucet from Fantini Rubinetti and lighting from Juniper Design complete the look. As an alternative, DeKauri can also be constructed from inlays of Walnut, Wenge and Cedar (left).
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 exhibit at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. “Cosentino is thrilled to continue its collaboration with Daniel Germani alongside Riva 1920, a brand admired across the globe for its artisanship of classically styled wood furniture,” says Massimo Ballucchi, Marketing Director of Cosentino North America. “We continue to be inspired by Daniel’s innovative approach to furniture design and the unlimited applications he envisions for Dekton, and we hope it inspires the industry, as well. He’s truly a visionary, and it’s an honor to work with him.”
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.