Vero by Duravit – pure elegance, fair and square


Opposites are known to attract and yet the desire for harmony is also a completely natural instinct. The new Vero collection of bathroom furniture is a response to exactly this dichotomy. Manufacturer Duravit describes its collection as an elementary basic model with carefully balanced proportions, that meets a strong design identity. Vertical handles that are inset in the fronts create a striking contrast to the classically modern form. Recurring material thicknesses and dimensions that feature in all the items of furniture define the cubic look. With the Vero furniture collection, Zurich-based designer Kurt Merki jr. is expanding Duravit’s Vero range of ceramics that has enjoyed twelve years of success. 

Born in Accra, Ghana in 1978 as son of a Swiss master carpenter and his Ghanian mother, a fashion designer. Growing up between Ghana and Switzerland, Kurt Jr. started his apprenticeship in his father’s furniture factory where he learnt the skills of carpentry. After moving to Swit¬zerland in 1997 he completed his Masters as a furniture carpenter in Lucerne in 1999. In 2008 he moved to Milan, Italy to deepen his knowledge of design at the Scuola Politecnica di design. There he successfully completed his Masters in interior architecture and industrial design. In 2009 he worked at Antonio Citterio studio in Milan before shortly afterwards moving back to Zurich to start his own design Studio in 2010. 

Photo: Kurt Merki Jr. 

The open compartment of the furniture console shows that less is more: a shiny chrome frame is a characteristic design feature and also serves as an integrated towel holder. Optional LED ambient lighting below the console accentuates the relaxed atmosphere that the wood surfaces bring into the bathroom. Discreet and yet expressive, the high-gloss white finish highlights the furniture collection’s cubic credentials. 


Versatile possibilities for combining vanity units with an open compartment or closed drawers, console applications and cabinets, as well as mirrors and mirror cabinets with double mirror doors and shelf elements, offer a tremendous amount of space and are suitable for a wide range of different uses. Thanks to this tremendous variety, Vero adapts to individual bathroom needs and to any interior architecture.  


With its new furniture range Duravit pays attention to detail: the wood grain of the individual washing areas is horizontal throughout and both looks and feels authentic. This is particularly apparent in the Ticino cherry wood décor. The interiors of the furniture are a sophisticated diamond black. Drawers are optionally fitted with a maple or walnut interior organiser system and, thanks to integrated tracks, close particularly softly.  


Mirrors and mirror cabinets can be optionally fitted with both a sound system and LED dimmer function and complement the functionality of the range to meet individual requirements. The shelf and mirror surfaces are designed as an integrated, harmonious whole and form a balanced composition. Depending on their arrangement, they appear to flow into one another and highlight the unique expression and lively aesthetics that Vero introduces into the bathroom.  


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