CALL FOR ENTRIES: HANSGROHE + AXOR DAS DESIGN COMPETITION
From large hotels to multi-family spaces and single-family homes, Hansgrohe and its designer brand Axor are looking for outstanding projects of all types and scales. US based architects and interior designers are invited to submit a built residential or hospitality/commercial interior project that features products from either/both brands. The winner in each category will receive $2000 and be eligible to attend a VIP trip to the Black Forest, Germany. Submissions must be received by August 12. Entry is free at dasdesigncomp.com
At this occasion, WantedDesign addressed few questions to Philippe Grohe, VP Design Management, Hansgrohe SE, to learn more about the company origin and vision, and his collaboration with designers from all over the world to create products that answer technical, environmental and cultural challenges.
Long time supporter of WantedDesign, Axor + Hansgrohe was one of the 2016 Conversation Series sponsors.
Philippe Grohe – portrait by Alexander Schneider
WantedDesign: What is the origin and history behind the Hansgrohe Group?
Philippe Grohe: Hans Grohe (1871-1955) was an innovator. In 1899 he walked from Luckenwalde near Berlin to the small Black Forest town of Schiltach. Two years later he established a metal pressing workshop. Hans Grohe had a passion for technology and water, and so from 1901 onwards he bravely hedged his bets on the sanitary sector, which was still in its early stages of development. Of course, bathrooms in private houses were only just becoming fashionable at that time.