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Fittings that embody form and function, Dornbracht’s iconic designs spring from a deep knowledge of materials and water

As 2020 and 2021’s lockdowns confine us within our neighbourhoods and homes, it has forced us to look at mundane things in a new light. A tap is not just a tap.

Of course, German brand Dornbracht has known this for over 70 years. A leading specialist in fittings and accessories for bathrooms, kitchens and spas, Dornbracht has made it a practice to elevate everyday sanitary fittings into functional objects of fascination.

Dornbracht products are meditations on precise edges, sinuous lines. A fastidious commitment to form, function and finish explains why Dornbracht’s unapologetically extravagant faucets and spa systems often take on iconic status amongst architects and designers. They are simultaneously futuristic and timeless, often imitated but never equalled.

 

For Dornbracht, “Made in Germany” is both a designation of origin and a promise of quality, Chairman of the Board of Dornbracht AG, Stefan Gesing explains. Headquartered in Iserlohn, Germany, Dornbracht is one of few companies whose products are entirely German-made. Its suppliers are almost exclusively German, most hailing from regions surrounding Iserlohn, offering the company unprecedented levels of collaboration and control.

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“All our products are the result of a combination of the best materials, engineering excellence, state-of-the-art production technologies and exclusive craftsmanship,” Gesing states. Sustainability in innovation is a particular focus for the company, with widespread use of recyclable materials in its products.

Indeed, for a specialist like Dornbracht, water is a preoccupation. “Water is the epitome of life energy. It has a cleansing and invigorating effect,” says Gesing. Dornbracht has taken a responsible approach to water usage with efforts made to reduced water consumption at every level of the production process. The company switched to a lead-free copper-zinc alloy for the production of its washbasins and sink fittings in 2012 to curtail the contamination of water by lead or nickel seepage.

 

Dornbracht is also convinced that water treatments can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. To this end, as home bathrooms increasingly become a space for renewal and quiet reflection, Dornbracht continues to collaborate with leading health and wellness experts to analyse the health effects of water and develop innovative tools for water treatments. In turbid times, such acts of self-care should be viewed as a necessity rather than an indulgence, and our private sanctuaries whether they be our kitchens or bathrooms should be designed and customised for the occasion.

GC Building Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd imports high-end sanitary ware and fittings like Dornbracht for the luxury developer market and affluent retail customer in Malaysia 

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