Recently my business partners and I had the good fortune to be asked to join a handful of great designers from across Canada to visit the beautiful Hansgrohe high-end plumbing showroom. Obviously we jumped at the chance!
What a great group of people. Here we learned about the many generations of the “Hansgrohe clan” that still operate the company today. Right away we became intimately acquainted with the many awe inspiring designers & architects that design the beautiful fixtures. We listened to our fabulous trainer Jason talk about Phillipe Starck, Jean-Marie Massoud, Patricia Urquila, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and Antonio Citterio, after a full day of training I feel like we just read their amazing biographies. We ended our visit with a trip to “aquademie”: the Hansgrohe shower paradise. Here we had the privilege of trying out and experiencing the many options available. Only in this shower paradise could you feel the difference between a $100 shower head all the way up to a $15,000.00 shower system (wow I could get used to that one)! Originally the thought of pulling out my bathing suit was urgh… talk about torture! I almost missed this experience, which unexpectedly turned out to be the best!
Unlike our east coast peers, the jaunt down was a bit more extreme, so we made the most of it by extending our trip. A3 had such a great time staying downtown – even though one of the largest musical festivals was on, along with the hip hop music awards and another big event, (with the average cab wait being 3 hours!), we still managed to visit some pretty awesome museums. A3 visited the renowned High Museum of Art, designed by my favorite, Richard Meier, and the MODA – across the street – which was celebrating a 100 years in graphic design; we were elated and pumped. Besides the various neighborhoods: Middletown, Buck Head & Lil Five Points (which we will never forget) this “Atlanta quickie” trip was just what the design doctor ordered for four principals of a start-up company. We can’t thank our hosts Ryan & Brad enough, and have made some new lifelong friends. This just goes to prove a change of scenery & a little travel is great for the soul!!! Until next time…