Premium designs are his trademark.
After studying at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax/Canada and St Martins College of Art and Design in London, Kai Steffan worked for various design and advertising agencies where Villeroy & Boch was one of his clients. In 2009, Kai Steffan joined Villeroy & Boch. Based at the headquarters in Mettlach, he played a major role as the in-house Creative Director in shaping Villeroy & Boch's design up until 2015.
Over the years, Kai Steffan has created numerous premium designs and custom-made products for Villeroy & Boch's Bathroom and Tableware collections. Most recently and notably is the exclusive Octagon pedestal washbasin, a true first for bathroom design.
Octagon – the creation of a masterpiece
In the beginning was the octagon: an ancient symbol of perfection and inspiration. Kai Steffan wanted to express the perfection of the octagon in a ceramic form for the first time. The result is no less than a masterpiece of precision and craftsmanship without equal: Octagon.
The outstanding feature of this exclusive pedestal washbasin, made from TitanCeram, is a faceted effect inside the basin, which is reminiscent of a precious stone. Combined with the rounded exterior and extremely thin walls, it creates emotional tension and harmony at the same time. But the ceramic material is not the only unusual feature. Each individual surface transforms the free-standing pedestal into a masterpiece in its own right, turning Octagon into a perfect design object.
Unique form, award-winning design
Created by Kai Steffan, Octagon, thanks to its outstanding design, received the prestigious GOOD Design™ Award in 2015 and was a finalist at the Boutique Design trade fair in New York in the "Best Product Design" category for the bathroom sector. At the beginning of 2016, the unique set consisting of a washbasin, a free-standing pedestal and a decorative copper ring was awarded one of the most important design awards in the world – the iF Design Award.