Grohe Tubs, Tub Faucets, Whirlpools Review: Rapsel, Duravit; Freestanding, Drop-in, Other
Unlike American Standard and Kohler corporations, Grohe do not manufacture their own bathtubs, opting to delegate the task to small or medium sized designer brands, in particular Rapsel and Duravit. Grohe then prepare several dedicated faucet and shower fixtures, and update some of their existing ones, to dovetail into the basins provided by these auxiliary suppliers.
While this fragmentation of business has disadvantages, they are compensated in full by the advantages: each brand offers their unique designs that introduces fresh ideas, approaching lavatory and bathroom décor from a different perspective. While several American Standard or Kohler offerings may appear repetitive, Grohe simply don't have this problem.
Duravit take a more commercial approach, building the commonly required whirlpools, corner tubs, and freestanding, corner and alcove baths. Both shape and size become subject for change, allowing a degree of customization.
Duravit collections comprise, among others, the classic 1930 Series (retro harsh look), 2X3 Whirlpools (modern oval interior locked inside an irregular exterior hexagon), the round inside a square Blue Moon (also whirlpool), the soft contoured PuraVida, and the L-shaped SeaDream.
Additional products include washbasins and sinks – wall-mounted, pedestal based, vessels; toilets and bidets (one or two-piece tank; note the completely rectangular Vero collection); shower solutions with modular doors, receptors, and matching accessories; bath furniture, and more.
Rapsel is the more luxury oriented, personal customization type of firm that focuses on unusually shaped (often soft-curved, nature inspired contours) singular tubs that aim to generate an immediately recognizable atmosphere in the bathroom: calm, confident, and timeless. Additional products include shower fixtures, washbasins (or sinks – some in the most original, artistic layouts), and even complimentary artwork.
Rapsel collections include Arne, Kea Vasca, Pianolegno, Carezza Lake and many more. Some of the tubs expand and extend to resemble armchairs, or even sailing boats; titanic resin, cristalplant, and other materials.