Tradition and innovation
Expertise, quality, ideas and visions – since 1901
Perfection in form and function – this was, and still is, the Hansgrohe standard. Since 1901, bathroom pioneer Hans Grohe and his descendants have traditionally been one step ahead of their time. Whether this has been inventing the first hand shower (1928) or ringing in a new shower era with Raindance (2003). Even 100 years after the company was founded, meticulous work is still the driving force in this company from the Black Forest. Of course, the main focuses here are: benefits and enjoyment for you, the customer.
Throughout all its generations, the company has had a true passion for water, the elixir of life. The founder’s youngest son, Klaus Grohe (*1937), has played an active role in his father’s company. from 1968 up to the present day. As a “Green Mind” (Financial Times Deutschland), Klaus Grohe is becoming the sanitary industry’s mentor on issues of environmental protection and sustainability. He promotes water-saving, energy-saving products just as vehemently as he promotes environmental protection and resource conservation in manufacturing. Klaus Grohe has managed the now globally-operating company for 33 years. Since 2008 he has presided over the Hansgrohe SE Supervisory Board.
Please don’t confuse Hansgrohe SE from the Black Forest with Grohe AG from Hemer in Westphalia. Even though both companies are active in the same sector, they have little in common. The competitor has not had a Grohe on board for years.
The situation is very different at Hansgrohe: more than a century after the company was founded, descendants of the South German shower pioneer are still actively contributing to the company’s success. Today, three of Klaus Grohe’s sons are continuing the family tradition: since 2008, Richard Grohe (*1965) has been Deputy Chairman of the Board and has overseen the Hansgrohe brand. His brother Philippe Grohe (*1967) manages the Axor brand. Pierre Nicolas Grohe (*1975) is “Director of Product Planning & Development, Hansgrohe North America”.
A tradition of innovation.
Life is an adventure. Ours started in 1817.
The tradition of the Duravit brand. Even a company that has set great precedents with its centuries-old tradition once “started small.” It all began in Hornberg, Germany in 1817 when Georg Friedrich Horn built an earthenware factory initially focused solely on the manufacture of crockery. In 1956, production evolved from earthenware to porcelain, extending the product range to include sanitary ceramics. This provided a platform for future success and also introduced the sanitary world to a new name: Duravit.
Today, Duravit AG operates at an international level and boasts 10 production plants with a workforce of more than 5,000 employees worldwide – an indication of Duravit’s tremendous evolution, which has always been rooted in a “tradition of innovation.” And Duravit continues to demonstrate its eagerness to charter new territory with its innovative technology, extraordinary design and the development of new product segments.
From the beginning, we have made the
extraordinary out of the ordinary. Some might
call this vision. We just call it Kohler.
Our company’s founder, John Michael Kohler, was an Austrian immigrant, a businessman and a visionary. The year was 1873, an unlikely time to start a new business in America. Despite the economic uncertainties of the day, John Michael Kohler purchased the Sheboygan Union Iron and Steel Foundry, never anticipating the growth of the company that would eventually bear his name.
Long a pioneer in product design and innovation, Kohler introduced such products as the one-piece bath with built-in apron in 1911. The ability to produce identical color on both vitreous china and cast-iron fixtures made the creation of coordinated bathroom collections possible in 1927. From that point on, KOHLER plumbing products meant beautiful form as much as reliable function.
In 1967, THE BOLD LOOK OF KOHLER® was created in the form of a new advertising campaign and an array of bathroom sinks in vivid accent colors. It represented the first of many daring introductions to follow. To this day, the KOHLER brand represents leadership in design and technology in the plumbing industry.
Throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Kohler drove the trend toward increased luxury, refinement and function in the home by fostering the master suite concept – console tables and bath vanities sharing a unity of design with bedroom furnishings. Innovative showering products and luxurious whirlpools have transformed these spaces into retreats for relaxation.
Jacuzzi brand. More than just a name.
A story that begins and ends with one word : Innovation.
The seven Jacuzzi® brothers emigrated to California from Italy. The brothers made great strides in aviation by inventing and flying the first enclosed cabin monoplane. In the 1920’s their engineering skill and interest in hydraulics and the thermodynamics of fLuids led them from the field of aviation to agriculture. Incorporating their hydraulic insight, the Jacuzzi® family later made notable advancements in the agricultural pump industry.
In 1968, Roy Jacuzzi invented and marketed the first self-contained, fully integrated whirlpool bath by incorporating jets into the sides of the tub. Jacuzzi ® is the trademarked name for the invention. The Jacuzzi trademark is shown in both the Oxford and Webster's dictionaries, recognizing Jacuzzi as the inventor of the whirlpool bath. The Jacuzzi Bros. introduce their Whirlpool bath at California's Orange County Fair. In addition to the first whirlpool bath patent. The Jacuzzi Company has 250 world wide patents for advancements in pump systems, jet technology, air controls and product design.
For over 30 years, Jacuzzi has been committed to designing bath and spa products that are focused on the way you feel. By giving you the opportunity to relax, reduce stress, relieve aches and pains and to sleep better, we are able to produce a product that enhances people's health and happiness. And gives people an escape to a world free of stress and strain. Reset. Then take on the world again.
Timeless British Design
Claybrook reinvents classic British bathroom design to update it for the 21st Century.
Claybrook creates luxury products that are at once familiar in their reference to the past, yet unique in their timeless appeal.
With years of interior design experience, Claybrook specializes in combining the finest materials with an innovative approach to design, uniting the quest for physical balance and beauty with a truly British understanding of quality and craftsmanship.
Claybrook’s own in-house team of product designers draws inspiration from classic British bathroom interiors to create a holistic collection that inspires our clients. We collaborate with prominent partners across a range of disciplines to ensure that every detail of our products is thoughtfully considered and masterfully executed.
Claybrook is committed to creating high quality handcrafted products using the finest materials sourced from around the world. A combination of in-house production and partnerships with highly specialized artisans results in a truly authentic product.
Claybrook strives to reduce environmental impact during production. Our bathware products are made from eco-friendly natural and recycled materials in a low impact emission-free production process. We endeavor to use environmentally sustainable products, materials and manufacturing methods.
Sanitary Technology Leader in the New Century
Caspar Melchior Albert Gebert (1850-1909) of St. Gallenkappel, Switzerland, opens his first plumbing business on the Engelplatz Square in the old town quarter of Rapperswil.
Gebert marries Josefina Domeisen, three years his junior. Gebert purchases property in the Herrenberg 25/obere Halsgasse 39 from Josefina’s family for 8,000 Swiss francs. Six children bless the happy marriage. Sadly, three daughters die young of diphtheria and one daughter drowns in a tragic boat accident. Only two children remain to the couple, their sons Albert Emil and Leo Gebert.
Albert Emil Gebert succeeds in manufacturing the first, lead-lined wooden cistern with lead fittings under the brand name of “Phoenix”. This product is the cornerstone for future growth.
The first cisterns produced in Switzerland leave the production plant in Rapperswil.
After the death of their father, the sons Albert Emil Gebert (1880-1969) and Leo Gebert (1888-1964) take over management of the company.
Albert and Leo marry the Basle-born sisters Regina and Anna Droeser. Albert Emil and Regina Gebert-Droeser are sole shareholders and company directors for several decades. Leo Gebert is particularly gifted in the construction of new inventions. He is the actual inventor of the valve-based toilet flushing mechanism.
The next generation of Geberts, brothers Heinrich and Klaus (picture), took over management of the family-owned company in 1953. At that time, the company registered the Geberit trademark and adopted the slightly modified word as the new company name.
The perfect finishing touch for any bathroom
With over 50 years experience manufacturing designer bathroom accessories, Emco’s focus on design and manufacturing superiority is recognised globally. Emco bathroom accessories reflect the company’s commitment to design excellence and this commitment is supported by Emco’s many internationally acclaimed design awards and a substantial 5 year product warranty.
The Emco culture of design perfection is evident in all its pieces, with even tiny hooks exhibiting innovative design elements. Timeless styling is a key consideration underlining Emco designs and many ranges echo minimalist themes. Not only do Emco products win awards today, but they continue to add unique character to homes for years to come.
The GS “tested safety” seal, CE mark and DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 all demonstrate that emco products meet the required standard. Naturally, the environment does not get neglected in all of this. The Erwin Müller Group was one of the first companies to adopt a QES management system (Quality, Environment, Safety). As part of the certification process, the strict requirements of the DIN EN ISO 14001:2009 standard also have to be met.
ALNO. Now that's a kitchen
A brand that provides orientation.
The history of ALNO is as unique as our kitchens. The company was founded in 1927 in the workshop of carpenter Albert Nothdurft. Over the next 30 years, the company grew consistently and eventually moved to Pfullendorf, where it is still based today. In 1958 ALNO Möbelwerke GmbH + Co KG was officially founded. In the following decades the company achieved international recognition for its kitchens. In 1995 ALNO became a public limited company and one of Europe’s market leaders. Over 750 employees based at Pfullendorf craft exquisitely designed ALNO kitchens of the highest quality. Across Europe and the world, these kitchens are central to family living.
Since 1927, ALNO kitchens have represented the highest quality, sensible innovations and award-winning design made in Germany. Thanks to our long tradition and the expertise acquired over 85 years, we have become one of the world’s leading kitchen manufacturers, and know well how to combine the latest technologies and contemporary trends in unique ways. ALNO represents the highest quality standards that serve as signposts to consumers and dealers in the complex kitchen market.
ALNO is the core name within the group, having a leading brand profile and corresponding loyalty within Germany. ALNO has a range of products that stands head and shoulders above the competition. Starting in the medium price bracket it offers kitchens suitable for professional purposes and for the domestic user. There is a wide range to choose from to give a good kitchen design, particularly in the more sophisticated and up market kitchens. We offer over thirty different programmes in nine different price groups and with fronts available in 100 colours going up to the individually-coated high gloss kitchens.
From our very inception "Immer Besser" - meaning "Forever Better" - has guided every aspect of the way we run our business. Managed today by the fourth generation, this promise is reflected in the renowned quality and longevity of our products which represent Miele's continuous contribution to improving the quality of our customer's lives. It has also led the company to emerge as the "Most trusted brand" in European Pegasus Award and Trusted Brands Sustainability Prize 2011.
Miele is a German manufacturer of domestic appliances and machines for commercial applications. The company was founded 114 years ago in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann and has always been a family-owned, family-run company.
Miele's first products were a cream separator, butter churn, and tub washing machine, under the Meteor brand. Carl Miele supervised manufacturing personally, and Reinhard Zinkann apprenticed and handled finances and sales.
Miele produces domestic appliances including laundry appliances; vacuum cleaners; dishwashers; rotary irons; built-in convection, steam, and speed ovens; hobs (cooker hoods, cook tops); freestanding and built-in refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers; and coffee systems. The company also produces commercial laundry equipment including wet cleaning machines, lab glassware washers, dental disinfectors, and medical equipment washers.
In 2007, Miele was given an award for being the most successful company in Germany that year, beating the previous year's winner Google, which placed second, and Porsche, which came in third.
Rankings for this Best Brands prize are the result of market research covering such key criteria as current economic market success and brand recognition and popularity among consumers. Miele was recognized as Best Company and also achieved a top-five place in the category Best Product Brand. Miele was honored as Best Domestic Appliance Brand in the UK by Which? in 2007 and again in 2008, being only one of two brands to win twice in a row. They have since won again in 2010.
A closely guarded secret: Our enamel.
Gaggenau, a small village in the Murgtal Valley, at the foot of the Black Forest. It's here that the company Gaggenau is founded in 1683 as an ironworks by Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden (1655–1707). He uses the iron ore deposits in the Murgtal Valley to open up new sources of income for the impoverished farmers, thus laying the foundation for the success story of the brand.
Challenging the established, breaking the mould, when and where this makes sense, in order to pave the way for new innovative ideas - this notion of the avant-garde is discernible with all our appliances.
Our appliances are authentic and present in every detail. Authentic in the choice of materials, present in their design language. We only use materials that are aesthetic and durable: Stainless steel, aluminium, brass, cast iron, enamel and glass. Each appliance thus gets a completely unique feel. And impresses with designs that correspond precisely to its character.
Sophisticated product design always considers the effect of the appliance in the room. A factor that is more important than ever today, as kitchens are increasingly becoming the centre of the home architecturally also. Our design language transforms appliances into sculptural objects, lending our products an incisive generosity.
And it is the basis for our four main design principles that apply to all appliances: They are authentic, sculptural, present and generous.
Gaggenau had plenty of time to build up a very special expertise: With initial production of enamelled signs, we acquired valuable skills for the production of our enamelled ovens.
Today, the typical blue Gaggenau enamel is a recognized brand and quality mark - and its recipe is a closely guarded trade secret.