Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese bathing and tea culture, German designer Sebastian Herkner created the comprehensive Zencha collection to instill a sense of tranquility in the bathroom that enhances ritual, reflection and relaxation.
Herkner’s first bathroom collection for Duravit, Zencha is defined by a balancing of quality materials, contemporary finishes and organic shapes. Four years in the making, the pieces are crafted with superior craftsmanship and showcase the inherent beauty of wood, ceramics and glass.
With a shape reminiscent of a Japanese tea bowl, the above-counter basins have an outward sloping rim that tapers down to for its gently curved base. Made of DuraCeram, the washbowls have a seamlessly integrated ceramic drain cover, come with or without a faucet deck and are available in a range of neutral tones – including White, Anthracite Matte, White Satin Matte and Gray Satin Matte – that are easily incorporated into any bathroom style.
Zencha’s furniture and cabinets have minimal and pure straight lines that both contrast and complement the shapely sinks. Anchoring a room, the units provide plenty of storage: the vanities can be specified with drawers that have push-to-open and soft-close technology as well as open shelves. The furniture pieces are finished with easy-to-clean and anti-fingerprint surface materials in a variety of soft colours. For an inviting warmth, vertical cabinets can feature fronts in natural or black oak, while the white flat glass or black textured glass options inject a luxurious elegance.
Serving as focal point in the bathroom, the collection’s freestanding bathtubs (made of DuraSolid) have the same expressive quality as the above-counter basins. Nodding to a Japanese onsen bath (or natural hot spring bath), the tubs are available in round and rectangular shapes.
Also included in the collection is a standalone mirror that mimics the contours of the basin and are accented with integrated LED strips, which can be controlled by either a sensor on the bottom or via an app.