Philippe Starck Unveils New Faucet for Axor

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.

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Philippe Grohe under a pic of his father from the 1970's. The new faucet is covered on the stage.

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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.

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Philippe Starck on stage - it's fun listening to him tell his story with Axor over 20 years. He's totally wired.

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I call it ... Avatar! The new Starck Organic faucets almost speak in tongues.

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It's a totally new faucet with no discreet handles at all. All the on/off happens through turning the ends of the "plant"

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Maxwell got some hands on time with the new faucet.

Maxwell's notes:

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 :-).

MORE INFO: Axor Hansgrohe

(Images: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan)