Daniel Germani Recasts the Vanity as Contemporary Heirloom
Daniel Germani Designs assembles a dream team to expedite a new concept for bathroom efficiency.
Interior Design: What triggered the project?
Daniel Germani: For years, kitchens got all the attention when it came to cabinetry. But bathroom storage has remained the same. This sameness sparked the concept for DeKauri: a freestanding piece of furniture, like a classic Italian credenza, to enclose all the mundane necessities within a beautiful package.
ID: How did the process unfold?
DG: It always starts as a sketch or some kind of drawing. I place no creative limits at the beginning, but I always keep function in mind. From there, the parts all come together.
ID: Was the material mix noteworthy?
DG: When Riva 1920 co-owner Maurizio Riva showed me kauri, and told me the story behind it, I was hooked. How often does one work with 40,000-year-old wood? I loved matching high-tech products, like Dekton composite from Cosentino, with Riva 1920’s craftsmanship—along with uber-sleek Fantini Rubinetti faucets and super-smart Juniper lighting.
ID: Was it challenging to serve more than one master?
DG: Not at all. The respect each partner has for the craft of the others made the process so easy. I had a dream team in mind, and when they all agreed to participate, I felt like the luckiest bastard alive.
ID: Does DeKauri reveal anything about you?
DG: It totally reflects my obnoxious attention to detail.