Maxwell made a pit stop in Berlin to attend today's launch of Phillippe Starck's new faucet for Axor. Armed with the camera on his phone, he sent back these images and descriptions.
Philippe Grohe under a pic of his father from the 1970's. The new faucet is covered on the stage.
Philippe Starck and his wife - a very pretty combo - in the front row. He said the shape of the faucet was inspired by her body.
Philippe Starck on stage - it's fun listening to him tell his story with Axor over 20 years. He's totally wired.
I call it ... Avatar! The new Starck Organic faucets almost speak in tongues.
It's a totally new faucet with no discreet handles at all. All the on/off happens through turning the ends of the "plant"
Maxwell got some hands on time with the new faucet.
The event was the worldwide launch of Axor's Starck Organic line, which features a much more organic, non linear shape and a turn on/off at the end of the spout. It's a pretty weird fun design that even Starck said would be considered both ugly by some and genius by others. It also features a "shower" spray and not the typical "one solid stream" spray as well as clickable positions that allow you to easily use less water. I thought it was cool and impressive and sort of reminded me of characters from Avatar :-).
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(Images: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan)